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“Brescia,Italy, Ideal as a holiday centre”
Review of Brescia Castle

Brescia Castle
Ranked #4 of 111 things to do in Brescia
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Reviewed February 15, 2013

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.

4  Thank Ron P
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Reviewed October 21, 2012 via mobile

Quite a climb up to the Castello, but the view from the top was so rewarding! Also on top of the hill was a cafeteria to reward yourself with a cold drink after the climb. The castle is also well-equipped with info plates telling the history and functions of the castles various parts! If you are not a walker you can also get to the top by car!

1  Thank Seikkailija-Hemuli
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Reviewed September 28, 2012

Located in the city center atop a large hill, Brescia castle is unmissable and quite impressive. We visited in the afternoon during the month of september and the weather was clear, allowing nice views of the city and beyond. The museum was not open however and there was no way of actually exploring inside the building.

1  Thank jjscruffs
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Reviewed September 21, 2012

Start with a nice walk upwards from Via dei musei, there's a roman path still there to climb (it divides in 2: stairs or "flat" upward route; both get to the castle).
Reach the first gate and enter into medieval atmosphere, going left you can appreciate the smal garden where local events are held (open-air cinema, fairs, and there's an exposition of an old railway engine).
Continuing towards the heart of the castle you can enjoy the two museums and then the second entry... The most pictoresque in my opinion since you can appreciate the view of all Brescia below you: the antique roman city heart on one side and the modern glass buildings of the business district on the other.
Pay attention to panels along the way: they explain secret passages and some history (like the reason why Brescia resisted for 10 days in its rebellion in 1848: a secret passage was hidden inside the hill and used to bring food to people inside the castle).

One last note: Brescia's castle is famous amongs the citizens to be the romantic place (there is a saying: "you are not from Brescia if you didn't take your girlfriend to the castle at least once - and maybe even to ask her to marry you"). So take the chance if you wish so! :)

1  Thank asorairam
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Reviewed August 27, 2012

Well preserved Castle with excellent views of the City. Disappointed by the amount of graffiti on such a historical gem though, in fact the amount of graffiti everywhere in Italy spoils such a beautiful Country.

Thank Glenys D
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