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Brescia/ Must See

1 Brixia Romana

2 Santa Giulia – Museo della Città

3 Piazza Paolo VI

4 Piazza della Loggia

5 Castello di Brescia

6 Teatro Grande

7 Museo Diocesano

8 Museo Mille Miglia

9 Chiesa di San Francesco d’Assisi

10 Collezione Tosio Martinengo

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Fabio Volo’s story began with music in 1994. Then came jobs in radio, TV, cinema, dubbing, books, the theatre… In 2011, his novels sold over 5 million copies in Italy and have also been translated for other countries. His home town, Brescia, has always remained in his heart. From the “vasche” (strolls along the main street) in the town centre with his friends to the narrow streets around Via dei Musei. The Ambassador has confessed his own personal version of Proust’s Madeleine: the “panada” bread soup cooked by his grandmother.

 

I LIKE BRESCIA BECAUSE
It’s hard to say objectively why I like Brescia. Perhaps because it is a city that has to be discovered, a city that seems almost to hide its little beauty spots. It’s a reserved city, that you need to get to know before it shows itself at its best.

A MUST-SEE MASTERPIECE
I have always been fascinated by seeing the new Duomo and the old Duomo, one beside the other. You can admire two different epochs in the same glance, both telling their own story and showing their own beauty.

HIDDEN GEM
A small spot hidden from the view to passers-by. You have to know where it is, you have to want to go there to see the Torre di Porta Bruciata.

THE MUSEUM I’D VISIT 1000 TIMES
Certainly Santa Giulia.

THE PERFECT INSTAGRAM SHOT
It’s hard to find just one. In the old town centre there are countless views that have the power to turn a simple photo into a picturesque image. I like all those narrow streets and alleys between Via Musei, Via Carlo Cattaneo, Vicolo delle Galline, Vicolo Lungo… the houses, the palaces, the entrance doors, even the stones that form the road surfaces.

A WALK WITH FRIENDS
When I was a teenager and the streets and squares were still full of other kids, we liked to walk leisurely up and down under the porticoes, a practice known as “doing lengths” (vasche, as in a swimming pool). Back and forth all the afternoon in the hopes of locking eyes with a girl and making a conquest. Now when I go back, with friends I prefer to walk in the countryside, and usually we climb up through the woods as far as the antennas on top of the Maddalena hill.

BEST PLACE TO CATCH THE SUNSET
The best way to see the sunset in the city is to watch the light on the façades of the palaces and houses. Those few minutes change the colour of everything around us, turning it to gold.

THE TASTIEST DISH
Casoncelli (stuffed pasta parcels) are absolutely my favourite dish from Brescia, but I also like a grilled mixed meat dish on a skewer called spiedo (a long skewer) when it is in season, as well as polenta, and local cheeses. All the tasty foods. But when I was little, I was mad about a very simple dish that my grandmother made for me: panada. To make it, she took a piece of stale bread a few days old and let it boil in broth and when it was ready she added an egg. Even today, it moves me to think of my grandmother cooking it for me. Panada is my version of Proust’s Madeleine.

BEST PIAZZA FOR A PRE-DINNER DRINK
I like the Paolo VI Square. Or, taking my time, strolling through the countless narrow streets in the town centre. Driving up the Cidneo hill to see the castle, walking over to see the grave of the dog. Then sitting in one of the restaurants and sampling the local food and tasting our wines.

JOURNEY BACK THROUGH HISTORY
In the words of an old man. There’s a bar in the Carmine district where I go every now and then with friends to play cards. That’s where I learnt the best stories on my home town. It makes me understand the true origin of the culture of Brescia. Obviously in dialect.

LOOK TO THE FUTURE
In all the little changes that I sense when I go back there. The Metro was definitely a great transformation for the city. I think that the future of Brescia can be seen above all in the nursery and primary schools. Children with parents who come from all over the world. Brescia is a city that retains its traditions but is also able to embrace changes.

AN EVENT NOT TO BE MISSED
When I was a child, I lived in Viale Venezia. Watching all the vintage cars in the Mille Miglia was a great treat, and it still is today.

A GIANT OF THE PAST
Nicolò Tartaglia is the first answer that comes to mind, but how can I not remember the great painter Moretto, too.

A SOUVENIR
A good bottle of wine.

IF BRESCIA WERE A PIECE OF MUSIC…
A hit folk song, a ballad.

 

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“Where to go for an aperitif in Brescia? In Piazza Paolo VI. Or, if you’re not in a hurry, strolling with friends along the countless narrow streets in the city centre.”
Fabio Volo
ACTOR AND AUTHOR

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