For the village Breno in Switzerland, see Breno, Ticino. For the Brazilian footballer, see Breno Borges.
Comune di Breno

Location of Breno in Italy

Coordinates: 45°57′31″N 10°18′20″E / 45.95861°N 10.30556°E / 45.95861; 10.30556Coordinates: 45°57′31″N 10°18′20″E / 45.95861°N 10.30556°E / 45.95861; 10.30556
Country Italy
Region Lombardy
Province / Metropolitan city Brescia (BS)
Frazioni Astrio, Campogrande, Degna, Gaver, Mezzarro, Montepiano, Pescarzo, Ponte della Madonna
  Mayor Sandro Farisoglio (center-left)
  Total 58 km2 (22 sq mi)
Elevation 343 m (1,125 ft)
Population (2011)[1]
  Total 4,986
  Density 86/km2 (220/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Brenesi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
  Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 25043
Dialing code 0364
Patron saint Saint Valentine
Saint day February the 14th
Website Official website, Official website

Breno [ˈbreːno] (Bré [ˈbre] in camunian dialect) is an Italian comune of 4,986 inhabitants[1] in Val Camonica, province of Brescia, in Lombardy.


It is bounded by other communes of Niardo, Bagolino, Bienno, Braone, Ceto, Cividate Camuno, Condino (TN), Daone (TN), Losine, Malegno, Niardo, Prestine.

The town of Breno stands in a north-south gorge, between the castle hill and the Corno Cerreto, on the left bank of the river Oglio. According to professor Fedele the gorge was once the bed of the Oglio.

BIM of Valle Camonica
Villa Ronchi
Castle of Breno
Ex voto in San Velentino


See also: Val Camonica

On top of the castle hill a house dating back to the Neolithic was discovered. In the locality Spinera, at the river Oglio, there is the Sanctuary of Minerva of the first century CE, which was ruined in the fifth century.

In the Middle Ages the Castle of Breno had two towers, one belonging to the Guelph family Ronchi, the other to the Ghibelline family Alberzoni. In the 1397 peace of Breno between Guelphs and Ghibellines, the representatives of the community of Breno sided both with the Ghibellines and the Guelphs.

During the Republic of Venice rule Breno was the seat of the Community of Val Camonica. Breno today is the seat of the Comunità montana di Valle Camonica.

The emblem of the province of Brescia is the group of five blazons: that of Brescia in the center, the town of Chiari, Breno, Verolanuova and Salò.

Monuments and places of interest

Religious architecture

Military architectures

The Castle of Breno rises over a hill inhabited already in prehistoric times. It was the main bastion for the control of Valle Camonica until the seventeenth century.



Traditions and folklore

The scütüm are in camunian dialect nicknames, sometimes personal, elsewhere showing the characteristic features of a community. The one which characterize the people of Breno is Maia càrte or Pèla pàsser



The Museo Archeologico della Valle Camonica is located in Breno, also known as the Museo Camuna, and contains artifacts and artworks documenting the history of the region. Among the painting collection, are works by:


  1. 1 2 ISTAT Archived March 3, 2016, at the Wayback Machine.


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