IN THE COUNTRYSIDE NEAR THE city of Brescia stands the Padernello manor, which, towards the end of the 1300s, was a simple defensive tower protected by a moat. Starting in 1391, the structure became the property of the Martinengo, a family of mercenary soldiers who left their homeland of Bergamo during the 12th century to move to the outskirts of B...

At the foot of the Alps, not far from lakes Garda and Iseo, the vibrant city of Brescia is the perfect destination for a city break away from the main tourist routes, offering art, history, and culture, aperitivo under the porticoes and shopping in its elegant boutiques.  Just an hour and a half from Milan, Brescia is the second largest city in the...

From three-dimensional photographs for the preservation of Leonardo's original drawings at the Uffizi, to the handcrafted production of lutes and violins. "Every time they need a light similar to that of the sun's rays in terms of purity, intensity and chromatic yield, that is, that does not attack those materials that, if exposed to artificial lig...

BIENNO IS A MOUNTAIN VILLAGE located in Val Camonica, at the feet of the Alps. Its history dates back to prehistoric times, and its relationship with the surrounding woods has been critical to the survival of its inhabitants. This kind of long-lasting relationship cannot but engender an array of mythological figures.  In addition to being known as...

The 2021 edition of the Mille Miglia rally will see more than 400 classic and vintage cars travel from the northern Italian city of Brescia to Rome and back again this week. One of the world’s oldest car rallies, the Mille Miglia began in 1927, taking place 24 times until 1957 and bringing international fame to luxury sports cars such as Alfa Romeo...

Picture this: You’re driving in an Italian sports car from Milan on your way to dinner in a historic village about an hour east of the city. You pass through vineyards and catch sight of a 14th century castle, its stone walls highlighted in the late-day sun. Soon, you arrive at your destination for a meal of pasta, grilled meats (or veggies), and s...

On February 25th, the winners of the cultural contest have been announced. Let’s have a look at the podium of the Luoghi Del Cuore 2021 ( Places in the Heart 2021 ). The Bronze Medal: Brescia’s Castle. With a total of 43.469 votes, this Medieval fortress and castle gained the third place. It’s in the northern region of Veneto, not too far from Mila...

Casoncelli, also known as casonsei in the local dialect, is a typical first course of Lombardy, in particular in the cities of Bergamo and Brescia. Casoncelli is a kind of stuffed fresh pasta, shaped like a wrapped candy. The filling varies depending on where you are: in Brescia, it’s traditionally made of leftover beef and fresh salami (pasta di s...

No matter where you travel in the world, there is usually one special place that you never tire of visiting. In this exclusive “Where to next?” blog series, we talk to some of the biggest travel influencers in the industry, as they give us expert insights into their favourite parts of the world – shining a light on beautiful destinations through th...

Il primo virus proveniente dalla Cina che Cristian Fracassi ha visto in azione nella sua vita non è stato il coronavirus SARS Cov2, ma la delocalizzazione: quella smania di andare a far fare tutto in Cina che aveva contagiato un po' tutti a cavallo del nuovo millennio, "perché costava meno", e che aveva prima messo in crisi e poi chiuso le due picc...