Beautiful Italy and Wandering the Streets of Brescia

Streets of Brescia - Girl Wth Flower in Her HairWandering the Streets of Brescia – I still remember the very first time I visited Italy. It felt like I’d been transported into another world. I’d left the army of tall glass and steel skyscrapers in Toronto behind. Suddenly, I was walking through the Vatican, taking in the massiveness that is St. Peter’s Basilica, when I began weeping uncontrollably. It wasn’t a religious experience, I was simply happy to be there in this magnificent, historic site that I’d only ever read about in travel magazines and watched on TV. It all seemed too beautiful to be real and for the remainder of that trip, I was overwhelmed by the grandeur of all the castles, cathedrals, and other sites. I remember thinking that if I never travelled anywhere else in my life, I’d always be grateful and appreciative for the time I spent in Italy.

I know it all sounds like one big, tired cliche that you’ll see written about in travel blogs or hear about in discussions with people who’ve just come back from a holiday in Italy. But no matter what anyone says, there’s no denying that Italy’s a very special place and there’s plenty of reasons why so many people visit. Italy’s actually the fifth most visited country in the world and saw close to 50 million tourists visit in 2014.

Wandering the Streets of Brescia

Little did I know on my first trip that I’d end up coming back several times and spend more holiday time there than any other country in Europe. When I was invited to visit Brescia in December, I couldn’t wait to get back again. I was there for two days and made the most of my experience, drinking local wines, eating fresh pasta, checking out museums, getting all holy in cathedrals, and simply wandering the streets of Brescia. 

Recommended reading: Where to stay when you’re visiting Brescia with these best Brescia hotels. Or head to nearby Lake Iseo to gaze at this neo-gothic castle on its very own private island.

While I’ve already written about some of things that you can see and do in Brescia, I wanted to share some photos taken from my walks throughout the city. There won’t be any snaps of castles or cathedrals here, but pictures of narrow empty streets, locals flying by on their bikes, news stands, signs, and more, all reflecting a more simple and gentle side of the life in this Italian city.

Early Morning in Brescia

At night, this street is lively and full of people eating dinner, sipping on wine, and listening to music. Early in the morning, everything’s closed and the street’s virtually empty.

Streets of Brescia - Jazz ClubI feel like there are less “classic” newsstands like this today. Most people pick up their newspapers in convenience stores and their magazines in specialty shops.

Streets of Brescia - NewstandsSunshine spilling on to the streets of Brescia.

Streets of Brescia - Splash of Light

The Bikes of Brescia

As with most European cities, bikes are one of the preferred modes of transportation, even on a cold December morning. Of course, they also lend an idyllic detail to any photo you take.

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Bikes are also used as a way to advertise pasta and wine for €5. Deal, I’m in!

Streets of Brescia - Bike and Pasta

Handwritten Notes in Brescia

I’m not sure why (my online research yielded absolutely no information), but there’s these lovely handwritten notes hanging from the ceiling of this short passageway.

Streets of Brescia - Stop with Notes

Picture Perfect Streets of Brescia

Never mind fashion’s street style concept, check out these street style photos.

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A Door and a Cheerful Message in Brescia

Brescia is worlds apart from the street art heavy Berlin, so seeing “Have a nice day” inscribed on the wall was especially endearing.

Streets of Brescia - Old Door and Sweet Saying

Girls Wearing Floral Wreaths in Brescia

Just like when I spotted young girls with floral wreaths in their hair while in Prague, I spotted some in Brescia as well. These pretty floral wreaths are usually worn on the day they obtain their university degree and aren’t actually a fashion statement.

Streets of Brescia - Girl Wth Flower in Her Hair

Good to Know

1) Read my guide to 24 hours in Brescia.

2) Ryanair flies from Berlin, direct to Bergamo’s Orio al Serio International Airport, with the flight only being one hour.

3) You can book a driver with DeMasi Car to take you from Bergamo to Brescia. Contact them for exact prices.

4) Stay at Albergo Orologio Hotel. Rooms average around €90 per night.

5) Get a feel for Brescia and the surrounding area by checking out the Brescia Tourism YouTube channel.


*Disclosure – My in Brescia was courtesy of Brescia Tourism. Any opinions expressed about my love of Italy and all things Italian are entirely my own.

Founder of Canadian in Berlin. Frequent traveller now at 43 countries and counting.

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