Among the three valleys of Brescia (Camonica, Trompia e Sabbia) Trompia Valley is that consecrated to manufacturing: the queen of reinforcing rods! Well, if its vocation to iron and steel industry is undeniable and for a long time it has been the fortune of its very hard-working inhabitants, we do not have to forget what the valley has to offer about nature and culture.

The main towns are from south to north Bovezzo, Concesio, Nave, Gardone Val Trompia, Lumezzane (placed in Gobbia Valley a tributary valley), Sarezzo and Villa Carcina.

Mines has always been a typical sign of this valley, but nowadays the most of the mines are closed and became museums, one of the most known is Via del ferro of Pezzaze (the Steel road), a useful itinerary to understand how the link between Trompia Valley and its mining industry has been strong even from its ancient ages.

Another industry which is why the valley is famous all over the world is weapon production: the valley is, almost historically, the queen of weapons, the most known are built in the Beretta family’s factories and are sold to privates and armies all over the world. The same family created a private collection that host the best arms created in the decades.

There is another important museum dedicated to weapons in Gardone Val Trompia: Museo delle Armi is placed in Villa Mutti Bernardelli and hosts unique arm, some built in the 16th Century.

Going towards Brescia another beautiful plce to be visited is Pieve della Mitria, placed in the little town of Nave, it is a splendid church, unique in its kind, marked out by its frescos.

If you are interested in nature your destinations will be Maniva for the winter sports you can practise there and the Monte Guglielmo, the destination of many walks of trekking lovers, this mount with its 2,000 m is visible even from Brescia and from the Plain.

Lorenzo Del Pietro