I accepted with pleasure the invitation from the British Motor Club Italia to join its Sunday autumn meeting, where forty “modern road riders” gather under the banner of a common passion for English cars.


The day gave us pleasant surprises for the eye and the palate. In the morning we reached the antique depot Baratti Antichità at Corticelle di Dello, a village in the Lower Brescia area. Baratti is a temple of English style with its collection of vintage Chesterfield sofas, period safes, and a selection of nineteenth-century furnishings.

We then moved to the nearby restaurant, Locanda Pieve, to taste the iconic dish of Brescia cuisine, the spit, accompanied by an elegant red wine from Capriano del Colle. After the challenging lunch (those who know the Brescia spit know what I mean!) we got back on our English cars to reach the Sanctuary of Santa Maria Nascente, also called Pieve della formigola, in the countryside of Corticelle. The votive frescoes of the 15th and 16th centuries are awesome and were well illustrated by a volunteer from Amici della Pieve, the non-profit association that finances the restoration of the sacred site also through musical evenings (the last of the 2022 season will be Saturday 22 October).

A pleasant and relaxing day, therefore; thanks to Simone Chiolo and his team for the cordial welcome and excellent organization of the meeting; thanks to Pierluigi Panni, official photographer of the Club, for his beautiful pictures.