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Useful information for excursions in Brindisi
In the following paragraphs, you will find information about the cruise port, the most beautiful sights and a lot of useful information for shore excursions in Brindisi.
The most beautiful sights in and around Brindisi
The Italian coastal town of Brindisi is located in the province of Puglia on the southern Adriatic coast. It borders the province of Bari to the northwest, the province of Taranto to the southwest and the province of Lecce to the southeast. The city has a natural harbor, which has been an important transhipment point since ancient times. Messapian Apulians gave the city the name “Brunda” (deer head) because of the deer head-like shape of the port. The landscape of the coastal town is adorned with ancient olive groves and magnificent vineyards and cherry trees. The region is an important wine growing area for red and rosé wines. On the coast of the town there are powder white sandy beaches, small bays and cliffs.
Aragonese castle of Brindisi
Also known as the “Fortress by the Sea”, the Castello Aragonese is located at the entrance of the outer port of Brindisi. It was built in 1491 to protect the city. The castle is in a very good condition and is decorated with medieval architecture. On the one hand, the monument consists of the “red castle”, because of the colour of its stones used for construction, and a fort which served as accommodation for the occupying troops.
Church of San Giovanni al Sepolcro
The church of San Giovanni al Sepolcro was built by the Normans in the 11th century and is considered one of the most important buildings in all of Brindisi. It is said to be a replica of the rotunda of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. Impressive frescos decorate the interior walls of the sacred building.
Benedictine church of San Bernedetto
The Benedictine church, dating from the 11th century, is the only so-called hall church in Apulia and one of the most famous sights of Brindisi. In the past, the castle was used to defend the city, but in the 18th to 19th centuries it was used as a prison and warehouse. From here you have a great view of the natural port of Brindisi.
Military road Via Appia
The oldest street of Rome called Via Appia has a length of about 335,5 miles. It begins in Rome at the Porta Capena and ends in Brindisi. The cobbled street was named after Consul Appius Claudius Caecus, who initiated its construction in 312 BC. At the end of the Via Appia in Brindisi there is the Roman column at the sea “Colonne del Porto“, which marks the end of the street. Originally there were two columns, but the second column collapsed to the ground in an earthquake in the 16th century.
Museum Francesco Ribezzo
The Francesco Ribezzo Museum is located in the famous Piazza Duomo and houses an important collection of finds from prehistoric to Roman times, with sections dedicated to epigraphy, statues and underwater archaeology. The museum, founded in 1884, was named after the archaeologist Francesco Ribezzo. Of particular value are the bronze figures found in the waters of Punta del Serrone in 1992, including sculptures of a shipwreck. The rich ceramics collection includes Greek imported vases and ceramics of local production from the period between the seventh and third centuries B.C.
Archaeological Museum Faldetta Foundation
In this private museum there is an exhibition of Corinthian, Messapian and Apulian ceramics. There are also various bronze objects and votive statuettes on display. The balcony on the second floor offers a great view of the port of Brindisi and the Via Appia Column. The entrance is free of charge.
The Italian community known as the “white city” is situated on three hills in the province of Brindisi. The picturesque town is characterized by its white limestone houses. Narrow alleys and numerous sacral buildings adorn the picture of the old town of Ostuni. A panoramic road around the old town allows a wonderful view over the surrounding plain with its numerous olive groves.
You can admire a completely different kind of architecture in the small town of Alberobello. The so-called “trulli” are round houses from the 17th century, built entirely without cement and therefore unique in their construction. The trulli houses have their origin in the Latin turris (tower or cathedral). And indeed, their shape and the high arching of the roofs (due to the statics) are reminiscent of the spatial feeling of churches. There are trulli houses all over Puglia, but nowhere in such concentration as in Alberobello. That is why the town is under the protection of UNESCO and has been considered a World Heritage Site since 1996.
The noble city of Lecce is called “Florence of the South” or “Florence of the Rococo”, due to its detailed baroque decoration. In the immediate vicinity of the city, the necessary building material “Pietra Leccese” (tuff) was mined over decades, which then gave Lecce its unique character. You can admire this architecture during a walk through the Piazza Sant Oronzo, passing the cathedral, the amphitheater and the basilica Santa Croce.
Map of the cruise port in Brindisi
The Italian municipality of Brindisi lies in a bay protected by the coast, embraced by the two arms of the Seno di Ponente and Seno di Levante, which surround the historic center. In ancient times Brindisi was considered an important military port and transshipment centre. Even today the natural harbor is still an important commercial and industrial port for international ferry traffic, especially to Greece, Turkey and Albania. It is divided into the outer, middle and inner harbor. The first two are used for merchant shipping, while in the latter “inner port” cruise ships dock at the berths provided for them. These include Santa Apollinare, Punto Franco, Feltrinelli, Carbonifera, Dogana and Centrale. The Inner Harbor is within walking distance of the historic city center.
If you book a shore excursion through us, you will of course be picked up in the immediate vicinity of the harbor.
Things to know before your trip to Brindisi
Cruise lines and routes
The Italian port city of Brindisi is a destination on the route through the eastern Mediterranean Sea of e.g. AIDA and MSC Cruises. From the coastal town, cruise ships sail towards Greece and often head for the island of Corfu.
Entry and visa
You are allowed to travel to Italy and to all other members of the Schengen Area for up to 90 days for tourist or business purposes without a visa, as long as your U.S. passport is valid for at least 3 months after your planned return to the United States!
In case of doubt, it is advisable to carry your passport with you. To be on the safe side, please check with your cruise line about the valid entry regulations for your cruise.
Taxi and public transport
A sufficient number of taxis are available just outside the port area. Buses, especially those of line N (Navetta Centro Storico), are ideal for trips in the city centre to explore Brindisi on your own.
Another convenient way to explore the city is the Brindisi Express. The one-hour tour with the mini-train starts at the entrance of the port.
In Italy payments are made in euros. A currency exchange is therefore not necessary. If you would like to pay cashless, you can do this with the usual credit cards.
Brindisi is located in the south of Italy and offers a pleasant travel weather. The summers are very sunny but also hot, the winters rather mild. The best time to travel to Brindisi, due to the pleasant climate, is from May to October.
The main season for cruise ships to Brindisi is in the summer months of July to September.
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Video: Impressions of Brindisi
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