Brescia lies in the foothills of the Alps in the Lombardy region of northern Italy, just 50km from both Milan and Verona. This has been an important city in Italy since before the Roman era, rich with monuments and famous for its history, art and the tenacity of its inhabitants. It is a lively university town, with ancient roots and stunning views over diverse, tranquil scenery.
During a Brescia holiday you will be astounded by the wealth of architectural masterpieces which dominate the skyline of the town. In the centre of town, the Roman Tempio Capitolino, Cathedral and Roman Theatre cannot fail to impress, and there are some excellent museums to help make sense of the wonderful building which surround the self catering Brescia holiday rental villas and apartments. The artistic heritage which adorns the city spans eras from the prehistoric cave paintings to renaissance masterpieces.
It is not only architectural beauty that will strike you. The combination of high peaks, tranquil lakes and fertile ranging plains are the ideal base for both winter and summer sports. The UNESCO accredited National Park of the Incisioni Rupestri of the Valle Camonica, where ancient art is still being discovered.
The town itself is filled with family pizzerias and aristocratic villas, creating a stunning atmosphere.
Lake Garda is one of the most beautiful regions in Italy, with unbelievable scenery on all sides, with the Dolomites of Brenta to the north. Aside from absorbing the scenery and atmosphere from a Brescia villa rental or taking a boat trip on the calm waters, there are a huge range of activities to be enjoyed. Scuba diving in the clear waters is hugely enjoyable, and para-gliding over the landscape, free climbing, go-karting, mountain biking, windsurfing and sailing can all be done in the highest quality, making a Lake Garda holiday home perfect for both couples wanting to escape for a few days together and for families. Lake Garda is also well known for both its nightlife and the range of testing golf courses which surround its shores.
Lake Idro and Lake Iseo are stunningly beautiful too. Lake Iseo looks like it has been designed for a medieval mystery film set, with bare rock plunging for many hundreds of metres into the blue waters, and wooded islands showing just the turrets of concealed castles.
Brescia has an extremely diverse climate. The summer temperatures soar to well over 30˚C on most days in July and August, but by October, average temperatures are hovering around 20˚C. Winters are cold, averaging around 5˚C, but they do not last long, as by May, temperatures are once again above 20˚C, which means the start of the summer Brescia holiday season.
Taking a Brescia holiday could not be easier, as Brescia Airport (VBS) is just 18km from the city centre. Ryanair flies direct fromLondonStansted (STN) and there is a shuttle bus from the airport which runs to the Ryanair timetable.