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Art, History & Archaeology Sites & Museums

From Alpine mountains in the north to rolling, alluvial plains in the south. From prehistoric pile dwellings to the historic city of Milan, the fashion capital of the world. Lombardy is a region of cultural contrasts as much as diverse natural settings. The region is home to some of the world’s most well known art, from Leonardo Da Vinci’s ‘Last Supper’ in the Dominican Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie to the glacially cut Camonica Valley with hundreds of thousands of rock engravings. Provinces in Lombardy are: Bergamo, Brescia, Como, Cremona, Lecco, Lodi, Mantova, Milan, Monza and Brianza, Pavia, Sondrio and Varese.

Archaeology & History Sites in Lombardia

Brixia Roman Archaeological Area

Brixia, the Roman town of Brescia, is among the best preserved archaeological sites in Italy. First excavated in 1823, architectural features that have survived include a first century BC Republican sanctuary, the town’s capitolium dated to 73 AD, and a theatre from the first to third centuries AD. Excavations recovered an extraordinary collection of large bronze statues – the most spectacular of which is the Winged Victory. Following considerable conservation work, the statue was placed on permanent display in one of the halls of the capitolium.

Castelseprio Archaeological Park

The Parco archeologico di Castelseprio contains the ruins of a Roman fort that developed into a small fortified Lombard town. It was destroyed and abandoned in 1287. In the church of Santa Maria foris portas are a number or frescoes that show a distinct Byzantine influence, these are beneath frescoes that are younger. Thought to be dated to the 9th century, the early frescoes depicting a cycle in the life of the Virgin Mary or Christ himself have been described as some of the finest frescoes of early medieval Europe.

Museums & Art Galleries in Lombardia

Pinacoteca Tosio Martinengo, Brescia

Housed in the 16th century Palazzo Martinengo da Barco is a collection of objects that range in date from the 14th to the 19th centuries. Raphael’s Angel and Lorenzo Lotto’s The Adoration of the Shepherds, as well as a number of Renaissance paintings by well known Brescian artists. Besides an invaluable collection of paintings and prints, other objects on display include ceramics, bronzes, medals, jewels, ivories and enamels. The museum also has an unrivalled collection of Venetian glass.

Santa Giulia Museum, Brescia

The Museo di Santa Giulia is a museum exhibiting objects and art from prehistory to the present, in a architectural complex of Roman and Longobard origins – taking up some 14,000 square metres. The museum is a series of historical sites in itself, including two Roman era houses, the 8th century AD Longobard basilica of San Salvatore, the 16th century Choir of the Nuns and the 12th century Romanesque Oratory of Santa Maria in Solario. the collection on display, chronologically, is equally wide ranging, about 12,000 artefacts show the history of Brescia from the 3rd third millennium BC to the Renaissance.

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