Above: The view from my hotel room in Brescia.
I’ve just arrived in Brescia, where I’ll be staying during Vinitaly, the annual wine trade fair.
And I wanted to share a note on my favorite hotel here.
It’s the Hotel Master Best Western, which lies just north of the historic center of the city.
It’s a modest, moderately priced, and very clean four-star, business hotel. And I’ve only had positive experiences here.
But here’s the thing about it: Because it lies just outside the city’s Renaissance walls, it’s within walking distance from all the city’s sights, museums, and restaurants (the historic center is off-limits for unauthorized cars).
And at the same time, because it’s just outside the city walls, it’s a great base for visiting in Franciacorta proper, which is about 30 minutes away.
It even has a great bar across the street where there’s always excellent Franciacorta by-the-glass and wholesome food.
That’s Brescia castle in the photo above: If you get a room on the south side of the hotel, you can see the castle from your window (I snapped it when I got here this afternoon).
The fair starts on Sunday: Stay tuned for reports from the Franciacorta pavilion!