Breno, Province of Brescia, Lombardy, Italy

Breno is the historical capital of the Valcamonica, which is the valley formed by the river Oglio before it forms Lake Iseo.

The area is famous for its important petroglyphs made by the Camunni population from around 20,000 BC, included among the UNESCO World Heritage Sites as examples of rock art. The valley is surrounded by Alpine summits over 3000 mt high, as the Adamello group (3539 m) and Punta San Matteo (3678 m), and is an important tourist destination both in summer and in winter.


Altitude: 343 m a.s.l -- Population: about 5,000 inhabitants -- Zip/postal code: 25043 -- Phone Area Code: 0364 -- Patron Saint: San Valentino celebrated on 14 February -- Frazioni & Località: Astrio, Mezzarro, Pescarzo, Pilo Campogrande -- Official Website of the Comune of Breno: http://www.comune.breno.bs.it/


Originally inhabited by Ligurian populations coming from southern France, in the 6th century AD Breno was occupied by Celts from central Europe, called "Camuni", after whom the whole valley Valcamonica is named. The area was conquered by the Romans in 16 BC, and had a remarkable importance as a transit itinerary from the northern provinces of the Roman Empire. In the early Middle Ages the valley was first under the Lombards, then under the Franks who built the castle. In 1291 the province of Brescia was under the influence of the Visconti of Milan, then after a war between Milan and Venice, the province passed under the Republic of Venice, and was divided into 10 cantons, one of them being the Valcamonica, with capital Breno. In 1797 when Napoleon sold Venice and therefore all its possessions to Austria.

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