Light Nova, Brescia

Brescia is the second largest city in Lombardy after Milan for its population. It was founded over 3200 years ago at the foot of the Alps. The city became a colony during the Roman Empire, and contains extremely important archaeological ruins. Most of the best preserved Roman-era buildings still standing in northern Italy are part of the monumental area of the Roman Forum in Brescia.

UNESCO has declared this place a World Heritage Site, as part of the site ‘Longobards in Italy: places of power’. It includes the monumental area of the Roman Forum and the monastery complex of San Salvatore-Santa Giulia, where the city museum is located.

After having successfully completed the project in Milan with ‘Light Nova’, the utility company A2A extended the project to Brescia in order to renew all of its street light. ‘Light Nova’ has replaced the over 1,000 suspension lamps that lit the city centre for decades on catenary solutions and swan neck brackets.

We will take you through the streets of Brescia, often looking up, discovering the surroundings through our ‘Light Nova’. We’ve divided the tour into 6 different routes:

- The first focuses on historical buildings.
- In the second, we’ve portrayed Nova with the churches of Brescia as its backdrop.
- In the third route, the subject is the famous Torre della Pallata that dates back to 1200.
- The large historical city centre has many interesting streets which are featured in the fourth route.
- Even the suspension luminaires on cast iron lamp posts, generally used to to decorate gardens, have been replaced with ‘Light Nova’. These are featured in the fifth route.
- The last route goes beyond the city walls. Visitors can see the wide streets that surround the city centre, where lights mounted on small posts with swan neck brackets and spheres were installed years ago. Neri created ‘Light Polaris’, a new luminaire part of the Nova system, just for this use. Without its upper cylinder, ‘Light Nova’ is particularly suited to small lamp posts.