Brescia is a glorious Italian city often overlooked by mass tourism

To stretch your legs even more, rent a bike and tackle the cycle paths that link Brescia to Lake Garda to the east and Lake Iseo to the west, or, for snow sports in winter and hikes in the summer head to the mountains of Trompia, Sabbia and Camonica. valleys to the north.

Where to stay

Zone docks

There’s a super cool vibe here and decor that blends contemporary design with vintage pieces, all for sale. The site’s various restaurants, bars, and clothing stores are open to the public while the spa, bikes, and mopeds are for hotel guests only. See

Albergo Orologio

Just off Piazza della Loggia, this friendly, characterful century-old hotel is right in the middle of the action. Rooms are simple, with primrose walls and dark wood furniture. Some have small balconies, exposed beams and views of the city’s Astronomical Clock. See

Where to eat

Osteria Al Bianchi

Brescia’s favorite family restaurant, dating back to 1881, features a cozy interior and authentic versions of local specialties including spinach gnocchi, or malfatti, and casoncelli stuffed pasta, usually meatless in Brescia, served with butter and Sage. See

Antica Osteria La Grotta

A popular and long-standing restaurant with an atmospheric interior and a traditional menu offering dishes such as veal or lamb cutlets and manzo all’olio (beef cooked in olive oil) with polenta, as well as a good selection of local wines. See


A friendly atmosphere and award-winning gourmet pizzas. Gluten-free and lactose-free versions are available and there is a superb range of wines. See


This sophisticated contemporary restaurant serves dishes that delight the eyes as well as the palate but won’t leave you hungry. Try the polenta stuffed with Bagòss cheese or the onion, saffron and liquorice risotto. See

Travel Essentials

How to get there

Bergamo and Verona airports, 30 and 40 miles respectively from Brescia, are served by Ryanair ( and Easy Jet ( BA ( flies from Gatwick to Verona.

More information

See for more information and consider investing in a Brescia Card ( for museum entry, bus and metro transportation, and even bike and car sharing systems.

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