Increasing numbers of Brits are booking flights to Brescia as the city grows into a tourist destination.
This is the suggestion of Andrea Arcai, a Brescia city councillor, who explained that UK holidaymakers now make up a third of the northern Italian city’s tourist market.
"British tourists are very important for our development; we only have to remember Churchill who came to Brescia, DH Lawrence and many others," he commented.
Mr Arcai went on to say Brescia’s growing popularity is down to its impressive heritage, with painters such as Moretto, Savoldo, Foppa and Romanino all residing in the city.
Cheap flights carrier Ryanair generally flies once a day to Brescia, which allows Brits easy access to the popular holiday resorts around Lake Garda.
Holidaymakers who have booked flights to Milan Bergamo can also reach the city easily thanks to a direct bus service.
Brescia is also well connected by rail, with both Verona and Venice in easy reach. A branch line also runs to the popular tourist spot at Lake Iseo.