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Passport / Visa

Passport / Visa

Italy can be visited visa-free for up to 90 days by citizens of most European countries, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia, Israel, UAE and most countries in America. If you are unsure whether or not you need to apply for a visa, we recommend contacting the embassy or consulate in your country. International (non-Schengen) travelers need a passport that is valid for at least 3 months after the end of their intended trip in order to enter the Schengen zone. Citizens of Schengen countries can travel without a passport, but must have a valid ID with them during their stay.
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Best Time to Visit

Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit Brescia varies according to what you're most interested in. If you're going to focus on sightseeing, wandering around the city, and doing some excursions in the beautiful natural surroundings, choose spring (mid-April to mid-June): the warm, but not too hot climate is best for walking around, even if you might have to endure some rainy days every now and then. Nature will also be at its best. However, if you plan on spending most of your time on the beaches of Lake Garda and Lake Iseo, come during the summer: July and August are the hottest months, and the temperatures can easily rise beyond 30 °C. Summer weather is great for taking refreshing baths, lying in the sun and appreciating the landscape, but it's not the best if you plan to get around a lot. The area will be overcrowded around the festival of Ferragosto (August 15): expect a load of people and higher prices the entire week. Prices also get very high during the New Year's Eve week, especially around the lakes.
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Public transport

Public transport

The easiest way to get around in Brescia is by foot or bus. It is better to buy your bus tickets at news-stands or at some automatic machines before boarding on (the airport shuttle bus is an exception). You can also hire bikes at the Parcheggio Biciclette outside the train station. Check online for bus timetables and seasonal infos on bike hire, at the links below. Brescia is connected with its province by bus (bus terminal SIA in Viale Stazione 14 and bus terminal Autostazione in Via Solferino 6) and local trains.
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