Getting to Brescia

By air

There are five main airports serving the area: Verona (Aeroporto Valerio Catullo), Bergamo (Orio al Serio), Milan Linate, Milan Malpensa, and Venice (Aeroporto Marco Polo). From these airports you have the usual choice of road and rail transport to Brescia. If you're coming by plane, check out these details on onward travel.

By train

Brescia has only one railway station; it’s quite central and within walking distance (1.5 km) of the conference venue.

To buy a train ticket at a railway station in Italy, you can use a ticket machine or go to the ticket window. Tickets can also be purchased online from the Trenitalia website.

A return (“andata e ritorno”) is likely to cost the same as two singles (single = “solo andata”), but the high-speed trains (“Frecce”) can be a lot dearer than regional or local services.

Before jumping on board, you must get your ticket stamped in one of the machines (“obliteratrici”) available on station concourses and platforms; they look like this. If you can’t find one that’s working, write the date and your destination on the ticket in pen; otherwise, the conductor may ask you to pay a fine. Printouts of tickets bought online do not need to be stamped.


Bus and coach tickets are usually available from kiosks at the airport, online (if the coach firm has a website, e.g. Terravision), or sometimes directly from the driver. Arrangements vary from company to company. A shuttle service called GoOpti runs from all the local airports to Brescia railway station, using personal cars, minibuses and buses. You can book online before you leave.

A taxi from Brescia station to the venue should cost around 10 euros during the day. The conference venue, Centro Paolo VI, is at no. 30, Via Gezio Calini (see map and further directions).

If you know a colleague will be arriving on the same flight as you, why not arrange to share a taxi or transfer, to get your METM17 off to a convivial start? You can use the METM17 Facebook page to coordinate lifts and taxi-sharing.

By car

If you're coming by car, keep some euros or a debit or credit card handy, as tolls apply to Italian motorways. The GPS location to tap into your satnav for the Centro Paolo VI is 45.534859, 10.228412; see the detailed directions from the motorway. Parking at the Centro is free if you are staying there.

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