Province of Brescia

Lombardy, Italy

Province of Brescia
1 238 044

About Province of Brescia

The Province of Brescia (Italian: province of Brescia; Brescian: pruìnsa de Brèsa) is a province in Lombardy, in northern Italy. It has a population of around 1,265,325 (as of November 2018) and its capital is the city of Brescia.

With an area of 4,785 km², it is the largest province in Lombardy. It is also the second province in the region by number of inhabitants and the fifth in Italy (first, excluding metropolitan cities).

It borders with the province of Sondrio in the north and north-west, the province of Bergamo in the west, the province of Cremona in the south-west and south, the province of Mantua in the south and east the province of Verona (which is part of the Veneto ) and Trentino.

The province extends between Lake Iseo to the west, Lake Garda to the east, the southern Rhaetian Alps to the north and the Lombard plain to the south. The main rivers of the province are the Oglio, the Mella and the Chiese.

In addition to Brescia, other important cities in the province are Darfo Boario Terme, Desenzano del Garda, Palazzolo sull'Oglio, Montichiari, Ghedi, Chiari, Rovato, Gussago, Rezzato, Concesio, Orzinuovi, Salò, Gardone Val Trompia and Lumezzane.


The province of Brescia is the largest in the region, boasts three main lakes, Lake Garda, Lake Iseo and Lake Idro, as well as numerous other smaller lakes, three valleys, Val Camonica, Val Trompia and the Valle Sabbia, as well as a large flat area south of the city, known as the Bassa Bresciana, and several hilly areas that surround the city landscape and extend east towards Veneto and west towards Franciacorta.

Due to the altitude and morphological variety and the presence of large lakes, the province includes all types of biomes in Europe: from something similar to the scrub bushes to the perennial snow of Adamello (with the largest glacier in the Alps Italian).


The three main valleys in the Brescia area are Val Camonica, crossed by the Oglio river and inserted in the north-western part of the province from Adamello to Lake Iseo; Val Trompia, the Mella river basin, between the municipalities of Concesio and Collio; and the Valle Sabbia which includes the municipalities from Serle to Bagolino along the course of the Chiese river.

All three valleys have the meeting point of the Passo Croce Domini, which takes its name from the "cross" formed by the union of the three basins.


Within the province there are eight lakes. The main lake basin, in terms of size, climate and culture, is Lake Garda, shared with the Veneto and Trentino regions, which with its 370 km² surface is the largest lake in Italy. Due to its size, the lake has a significant influence on the climate and the surrounding environment, generating a microgeographical area in a more mitigated climate both in summer and in winter.

Lake Iseo is the second lake in the area and is located about 180 m above sea level, in an area called Sebino, between the Val Camonica (north) and Franciacorta (south), which divides the provinces of Bergamo and Brescia.

Lake Idro, the third largest lake in the provincial territory, is located in Valle Sabbia, on the border between Brescia and the province of Trento, and differs from the other two main lakes by its modest size. The waters of the lake are mainly used for the irrigation of crops in contiguous territories, as well as for the production of energy through a small power plant located in the municipality of Vobarno.

Other small lakes in the province are: Lago della Vacca (at an altitude of 2,358 m, in one of the coldest points in the province), Lago d'Arno, Lago Aviolo, Lago Baitone, Lago Moro and Lago from Valvestino.

The gulf of Salò on Lake Garda

Lake Iseo with the island of Montisola

Idro lake

Valvestino lake

Moro lake and Darfo Boario Terme

Lake of the Cow


There are about 45 streams running through the province, but almost all of them are streams. There are only three rivers that can be defined as true rivers: Oglio, Chiese and Mella; divided into the three main valleys.

Churches crosses the Valle Sabbia

Mella crosses the Val Trompia then part of the southern countryside

Fonte dell'Oglio in the upper Valle Camonica

Typical moat in the Bassa Bresciana

Extreme points

Highest point: Monte Adamello, Saviore dell'Adamello (3,539 m)

Highest settlement: Passo del Tonale, Ponte di Legno (1,883 m)

Northernmost municipality: Ponte di Legno

Southernmost municipality: Fiesse

Easternmost municipality: Limone sul Garda

Westernmost municipality: Pontoglio

Main attractions

UNESCO world heritage

Rock drawings in Valcamonica;

Brescia, one of the places of Lombard power;

Source: Wikipedia
Read more: