Fossa Bagni

Fossa Bagni is a well-known car park. During the 19th and the 20th century it was the first municipal baths resort, composed by two pools, a free one, for the poor people and the other with paid admission with dressing rooms and showers.


Fossa Bagni, during the 19th and the 20th century was the first municipal baths resort. In that period, using water for health purposes became a common habit not only in the private sphere but also in the public one. Fossa Bagni was inaugurated on the 19th of July 1882.  At the time a very small number of houses was provided with a bath and the Fossa Bagni was welcomed by the citizens with great enthusiasm.

The resort was composed by two big pools, in tank or in tub, with the water of  the Celato river, along which in the early 18th century  there were many mills, thanks to the water abundance in Brescia. The Fossa was formed by two pools: a free one, for the poor people, and the other with paid admission with 70 dressing rooms and showers. The structure was well studied, to symbolize a sort of sea and a shore of the city, under the look of the fortified tower of the Castle, easily reachable by walk from Fossa Bagni.

Next to the pools, in the early of the 20th century, an ice skating rink was also built. The baths opened in the summer season and were very frequented. Afterwards two other bath resorts opened in Brescia: one administrated by Spedali Civili in Moretto street, and the fossa1other privately run in the current Gramsci street. The pools remained open till the 70s.

Nowadays Fossa Bagni is a multi-floor car-park, reachable by walk from the city centre, the castle and the Saint Faustino metro station.


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