Wednesday, 11 August 2010

Sightseeing in Brescia

In this article you can learn more about sightseeing in Brescia and northern italy.

Exploring Northern Italy From Brescia Airport

By Michelle Elkins

The Lombardy region of Italy is reknown for its stunning beauty, mouth-watering cuisine and warm, temperate clime, which is why it continues to be a favourite with tourists the world over. Packed full of enchanting landscapes and breath-taking bodies of water, there is something here for every kind of holiday-maker. From those who love all action adventure to others who just like to take it easy and indulge in the pleasures in life, Lombardy is one place that can potentially deliver even more then it promises.

There are several routes by air into the area, including Verona Villafranca Airport and all three Milan Airports. However Ryanair offers low cost flights direct from Stansted to Verona Brescia Airport which is located smack bang in the middle of this fabulous locale. Brescia itself is the second largest city in Lombardy after Milan and the start and end point for the Mille Miglia, a historic car race which takes place in April/May each year and boasts some incredible examples of antique automobiles.

Within the ancient city are a range of historic buildings, museums and monuments to visit, as well as a host of other tourist-type attractions and fine eateries to take in, but for most, the great attraction about travelling here is to get away from it all and journey slightly further afield. Situated in Brescia Arrivals, Hertz is the only Verona Brescia car hire firm based within the airport and once vehicled up, it makes trips to the surrounding areas much simpler. Journey to the spectacular Lake Garda, dreamy city of Verona, cosmopolitan hub of Milan or even just nearby Ronchi. This area of unspoilt countryside offers panoramic views over the city and shows rural Italy at its best. Complete with vineyards, the Ronchi is interspersed with trattorias where visitors can take the opportunity to satiate their desire for traditional cooking.

Located 18km outside of the city centre in a place called Montichiari (which is why the airport is also sometimes known as Montichiari Airport), Brescia Airport provides other facilities for onward transportation. For a fee of EUR11 single or EUR16.00 return, shuttle buses run to the Brescia bus and Brescia train stations, from where connections can be made to the rest of the Lombardy region and further afield. These stations are next to each other and just a 15 minute walk from the centre.

If you are not planning to do much sight-seeing or are intending to stay close to your accommodation, then taxis can be hailed from outside arrivals although this option can be quite expensive. An altogether more convenient and generally more cost effective way to travel is by Brescia airport transfers. By booking in advance it can save the hassle of queueing because a driver meets and greets in the arrivals hall and ensures visitors arrive at their final destination as unruffled and unstressed as possible.

It is an ideal place to visit year round as Brescia weather tends to be mild most of the time, with temperatures never dipping much below 12ºC even during the winter months. July and August can become incredibly humid but a quick dip in Lake Garda or a swim round the pool at one of the many sensational hotels in Brescia should ensure that the clammy heat, up to 36ºC, does not become unbearable.

Michelle Elkins is a regular contributor to the Verona Airport Guide, which provides information and advice on all services to Verona Brescia Airport including Brescia Airport car hire and Brescia Airport Transfers.