Things to See in Brescia
There are lots of beautiful and interesting things to see in Brescia, once you stop driving around in circles looking for a place to park the the car.
My first impression of Brescia was anything but positive. We had booked a hotel in the old centre and wanted to park the car within walking distance, but the GPS kept directing us through ZTL-zones in a maze of dead-ends.
I tried to make it understand that we did not want to go against the direction in one-ways streets or to dash through ‘No Entry’ pedestrian areas, but after three laps around the city we gave up, parked the car in a garage on the edge of town and ventured out on foot with wheelie bags in tow and only a Google map to guide us.
In the street we asked a couple of people for directions, but no one had ever heard of the address or the hotel before. In the end, a young girl took mercy on us and with the help of a tobacconist with a computer showed us which road to walk. After 20 minutes or so, we finally reached our destination. From that point on my perception of Brescia could only improve. And it most certainly did.
Brescia in Lombardy is a looker and a charmer, and there are so many attractions waiting to be explored that you need more than a couple of days to cover it all. Here is my list of the most important things to see in Brescia.