The Northern Italian city of Brescia is a dramatic setting at the foot of the Alps adjacent to Lake Garda. Visit Brescia as a base to explore nearby Lake Garda and the mountains - car hire in Brescia is a good idea for this. Or stay central to see the religious buildings and Roman relics in the town. Brescia Castle is built on a plateau near the centre of town and stands out as a landmark from which to recognise the city. After that, hiring a car in Brescia will open up the rest of the region for exploration.