Brescia & the apartment exceeded all our expectations. We chose Brescia because it is on the main rail line between Milan & Venice and the options for day trips by regional rail to the surrounding area are many and relatively cheap.
After visiting Bergamo we were relieved that we settled on Brescia. In our opinion it was the ideal base & apart from two obvious candidates, tourists, unlike Bergamo, appear noticeably absent. In fact we spent a whole day exploring Brescia & only a half day in the Old City of Bergamo, so that indicates the impact it made. Other places within about an hour's travel we visited, were Milan, Verona, Peschiera Del Garda & Bardolino. Couldn't quite squeeze in Cremona to buy a violin.
Everything about the accommodation has already been said. Spotlessly clean, well presented and managed by a wonderful family. The location is perfect within 5 minutes of the Metro Vittoria Station which is one stop from Brescia main railway station. The local supermarket is about 100m from the door, in a pedestrian precinct. The range of goods is amazing and well priced. However be advised to visit all floors as the ground floor is mainly general purpose goods and the first floor is really where it is all at. Not that we took full advantage of it, as eating around the town square was good, reasonably priced and so relaxing.
For a stranger to the area, taking a car into some parts of the Old Town may prove problematic. There are many narrow one way streets and they can become blocked as other people attend their daily chores. No fun if you have to back up & find an alternative route.
To conclude we would have changed nothing & will be back in the not too distant future.
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