Brescia is somewhat overlooked as a holiday resort these days but the city has much to offer. From the impressive castle with its stunning views over the city and surrounding countryside to the Roman architecture and ancient remains, the museums, cathedrals (old and new), the shops and countless good restaurants. The centre of Brescia is about a 20 minutes easy stroll from the railway station. Brescia too can be the ideal base for a touring holiday, the city is on the main railway line between Milan and Venice with stops at Bergamo (45 minutes), Lake Garda (45 minutes), Verona (1 hour) and Venice (2 1/2 hours). Rail services are frequent, the trains are clean and have plenty of seating space, and fares are very reasonable. Rome by train is also an option from Brescia but this will involve spending a night in Rome.
Brescia can be reached by air within two hours from Manchester UK to Milan, Bergamo, and then by either airport bus or train directly to Brescia railway station. The airport bus takes a little more than an hour and will cost about 11 Euros per person each way. The area around Brescia station is lively but not intimidating. During my recent visit I stayed at the Hotel Cristallo which is less than a five minute walk from the station in Brescia. The hotel is clean and reasonably priced, the staff friendly and English speaking and the continental breakfast is plentiful. Evening meals are not served in the hotel but there are any number of decent cafes and restaurants to cater for any taste within walking distance. With being close to the railway station the tannoy system can be heard but this is only during the day time and evening, if the traveller is away form the hotel and exploring the delights then this is not an issue.
Travelling light should not create too many problems. I packed a small case that I took on the plane as hand luggage. This contained enough changes of clothes to see me through 5 days stay and still only weighed in at 7 kilos, well within the airline's 10 kilo restriction.
I had not been to Brescia before but was very impressed with what I found.