Photo of Brescia by Giorgio Baresi used under a Creative Commons license.
Peter Demetz, The Air Show at Brescia (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2002).
In 1909, Louis Bleriot, Glenn Curtiss and other early pioneers of aviation flew to Brescia for the Circuito Aereo — the Air Show. Other attendees included Franz Kafka, on vacation from his job with a Prague insurance company, as well as authors Max Brod and Gabriele D’Annunzio, and composers Arturo Toscanini and Giacomo Puccini. Demetz, a professer emeritus at Yale University, captures something of the excitement and novelty of early flight and of an Italy before the Great War that now seems like another world.