Brescia, Italy is the second largest city in the northern Italian region of Lombardy, after Milan. The city is located at the foot of the Alps between Mela and Navalio, with a population of about 190,000 people.
Brescia is the successor of the ancient city of Brixia, which has been an important regional center since Roman times. An impressive fortress castle and many Roman and medieval monuments of architecture and culture have been preserved in Brescia. In 1769, Brescia was devastated when the church of San Nazaro was struck by lightning. The resulting fire ignited 90,000 kilograms of gunpowder stored there, causing a massive explosion that destroyed one-sixth of the city and killed 3,000 people.
In Brescia there are a lot of place, monuments and sightseeing. Some of them which you should visit are the City Art Gallery (with paintings by Raphael and Tintorento) and the City Museum.
Today Brescia is the center of the third largest industrial area in Italy, concentrating the automotive and machine-building industries.