A land rich and always devoted to agriculture, where you can find beautiful towns and fortresses; all this is the Plain or as it is called by its inhabitans the Bassa (Lower).
Chiari, Palazzolo & Orzinuovi
These are the main towns of the valley, big or small towns that characterize the area, where for centuries their people really increased the generous land with the industriousness and talent, typical of Brescia.
Palazzolo sull’Oglio is undoubtedly the most picturesque village, where the centre has kept unchanged its features. Inhabited since Roman times was a strategic point because of the passage of the Via Gallica (Brixia-Mediolanum), dates from the year 830 a document that for the first time is named Palazzolo, from there it went on for much of the history of Brescia, passing under the Republic of Venice in the 15th century, then suffering the French and Austrian occupation in the 19th Century.
A town that definitely deserved a visit with its many monuments such as the fortress, which is today called the Castle and dates back to the fortifications of 12th – 13th century. In the period 1944-1945, due to the presence of the railway bridge over the river Oglio, it suffered numerous and heavy bombings.
The town, famous for the battle of 1701, after Orzinuovi is the largest city in the West Plain. Like many countries in the 15th century the area came with Brescia in the Republic of Venice and in 1512 was sacked by the Landsknechts. Sure to visit is the 16th Century Cathedral and the 18th Century Civic Tower, Pinacoteca Repossi and the wonderful Villa Mazzotti. To Mazzotti family and in particular to Count Franco Mazzotti we owe the birth of the most famous automobile race in Italy: the Mille Miglia.
It is undoubtedly the “Queen of the Plain” as well as a historic place of markets. Orzinuovi is the main city of Wester Plain. The main monuments are the Rocca di San Giorgio and the rectangular Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II.
The Plain of Brescia also offers places of interest such as the famous Padernello Castle and the complex of Montichiari museums (Museo Lechi, Bonoris Castle, Museo Bergomi and Pasinetti Pinacoteca), which attract many tourists.
From a naturalistic point of view, the Oglio Park is undoubtedly a wonderful place to spend a day immersed in nature and to discover one of the two greatest rivers of the Plain, precisely the Oglio.