7 Reasons to Visit Brindisi

People traveling to Puglia rarely stop and visit Brindisi. However, this lesser-known city is well worth spending a day or two.

Even for Italians, when thinking about the Puglia region, Brindisi is not the first destination that comes to mind. For many, it is just the embarkation point to Greece or the arrival airport. But I discovered that the city is indeed well worth spending a few days in. And there are plenty of things to do in Brindisi and around.

Whether you’re traveling to Italy for the first time, or are a returning visitor, find out my 7 reasons to visit Brindisi and the surrounding area.

7 reasons to visit Brindisi

1. The old town

In Brindisi, you can see ancient palaces, a beautiful cathedral, narrow alleys, and old houses full of charm.

Brindisi, Palazzo Arcivescovile

The best way to explore Brindisi old town is by getting lost in the maze of charming alleys. After all, the center is quite small, so you’re likely to come back to the starting point sooner or later. Indeed, missing Brindisi cathedral and the beautiful Palazzo Arcivescovile (the Archbishop’s Palace) overlooking the square is almost impossible. It’s the heart of the city, there are many signs and whoever you ask will show you the right way.

The cathedral dates back to the 11th century, although it was severely damaged during the 1743 earthquake. However, inside, you can still see a portion of the late 12th-century mosaics decorating the floor and the wooden choir created by local carvers at the end of the 16th century.

Art lovers should visit the Archaeological Museum in the cathedral square (Piazza del Duomo). It stores all the archaeological finds discovered in the area, including magnificent sculptures and bronze statues.

Brindisi Church of San Giovanni al Sepolcro

Finding the superb Church of San Giovanni al Sepolcro can be a little more tricky, as it is a bit hidden in a small alley near the Cathedral. I confess that I stumbled across it totally by chance and couldn’t be happier. It is a must-see when you visit Brindisi. Therefore, ask the hotel where you’re staying for a map, marking for you the exact point where the church stands. Spend a few minutes outside, admiring the finely carved old capitals, and then move inside, where you’ll see a beautiful example of Romanesque style in this beautiful round-shaped small church.

Brindisi, A Carved Capital

Another must-see is the Roman column, standing tall in a small piazza at the end of a flight of steps. The Roman Column was erected in the 2nd century AD to mark the end of the Appian Way, an ancient road that connected Rome to Brindisi. The column is a testament to Brindisi’s importance as a trading port towards Greece and the East during ancient times.

A private tour of Brindisi’s historic center is a good option if you want to see the main landmarks and learn more about this overlooked Italian city.

2. The laid-back lifestyle along the pretty waterfront

Brindisi Seaside

Take a stroll, look at the sailing boats moored along Brindisi waterfront, stop for a drink at one of the cafés, and enjoy the exhilarating scent of the sea. There’s often a gentle breeze making it a great place to escape the heat and chill out.

You can also catch a shuttle boat to reach the opposite side of the bay (as you’ll see, Brindisi harbour does not overlook the open sea but an inner fjord). From there, you’ll see the waterfront from a different perspective and walk to another Brindisi attraction: the Monument to the Italian Sailor.

3. The view of the waterfront from the top of the Monument to the Italian Sailor

Brindisi Waterfont

The top of the Monument to the Italian Sailor – shaped like a helm – is likely the best viewpoint on the beautiful Brindisi waterfront. From there, you’ll enjoy a different view of the city, with the pastel-colored houses overlooking the seafront and the boats waiting to take the sea. Pure marine bliss. While you’re there, don’t miss looking at the stunning spiraling oval staircase.

4. Amazing food and excellent wine

Brindisi Food

Like everywhere else in Italy, in Brindisi, you’ll taste delicious food and good wine. The area is a land of olive oil, tasty vegetables, and great cheeses. Puglia also boasts excellent wines, like Negroamaro,  Sussumaniello, and the now well-known Primitivo. As a result, you can expect a delicious meal in almost every restaurant.

If you are staying in a self-catering place, ask for a local market where you’ll find lots of fresh products at surprisingly reasonable prices.

Do you love cooking and Italian cuisine? Then you may want to experience a food tour or even a cooking class!

4. Old houses, a little crumbling but enchanting

Brindisi Old Houses

Maybe it’s just me, but I’m fascinated by old houses, even when they are a little crumbling. It’s not that I don’t like restored ancient buildings, but I sometimes feel like perfection – as it happened to me when I visited Alberobello – ends up being a bit too aseptic for my taste. When I look at peeling facades, I can feel life, and my imagination starts to run freely.

6. Ostuni, the ‘White City’

Ostuni The White City

Only 40 km from Brindisi, Ostuni is a perfect day trip. You can get there by bus, rent a car, or take a guided day tour to discover three of Apulia’s gems: Alberobello, Locorotondo, and Ostuni.

Wander along the tiny cobblestone streets of the ‘White City,’ have a look at the small shops, and stop for lunch, dinner, or a drink in one of the lovely cafés and restaurants with inviting alfresco tables, for an unforgettable day. I had a wonderful time in Ostuni, albeit too short, and would love to go back.

7. The countryside, olive groves, and Torre Guaceto Nature Reserve

Torre Guaceto Nature Reserve

You need not travel far from the city to discover the countryside typical of the Brindisi area.

A nice spot is the Torre Guaceto Nature Reserve, home to beautiful olive groves, pretty creeks, dunes, and marshes. There, you can hike, bike, swim (but only in the designated areas), and snorkel. But beware in summer, as the reserve can be very hot, and there’s very little shade, if any, on the seashore. Bring with you a lot of water and possibly a beach umbrella to protect yourself from the sun and the heat.

Useful information to Visit Brindisi

How to get to Brindisi:

Brindisi airport has flights from/to many Italian and European cities, operated by major carriers and low-cost airlines. You can check the cheapest airfares on Trip.com. The airport is close to the center and very well connected by a regular bus service.

Getting around:

The easiest way to explore Brindisi’s surroundings is to hire a car at the airport. Check out here to find the best car rental rates.

Where to stay in Brindisi:

There are several charming Bed&Breakfast in Brindisi.

The small B&B I Templari Dimora Storica has two nicely decorated rooms (about 50 and 55 sqm, respectively) in a historical building recently renovated and located in the center.

Close to the sea, in the center, Santo Stefano Luxury B&B has modern and stylish rooms and boasts a rooftop sundeck and a small swimming pool (seasonal).

Check more Hotels in Brindisi

Books about Puglia and travel guides

Old Puglia: A Cultural Companion to South-Eastern Italy (Armchair Traveller)

Lonely Planet Southern Italy (Travel Guide)

Puglia Map

Michelin Map Italy: Puglia 363

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Note: ‘Brindisi is My Destination‘ invited me to discover this overlooked area of Puglia. As always, opinions are mine. This post contains a few affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I get a small commission at no extra cost to you.


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Travel addict and passionate about photography, Simon Falvo started Wild About Travel back in 2009. Leveraging her strong PR background, she developed an extensive knowledge of Digital Communications and Content Creation. Besides travel writing Simon holds workshops and trainings, she collaborated with tourism boards for digital marketing campaigns and participated as a speaker at several events.

11 thoughts on “7 Reasons to Visit Brindisi”

    • You’re right, Jenna. I guess that one could spend the entire life in exploring only Italy, and probably would still miss something.
      I’m loving more and more the smaller towns and cities, far from the more touristy path, where you can still experience authentic Italy.
      Come back soon!

  1. It’s such a bummer that I’ve only been to Milan, Venice and Rome – I should definitely explore all the amzing places in Italy soon 🙂

    • I know, Anita. Italy is so full of amazing places and lots of visitors end up by only going to Rome, Florence and Venice which certainly are stunning but there’s much more than that.

  2. Wow – this looks like a wonderful place to stop over for a few days. Gorgeous photos. I particularly like the White City. Adding this to ‘the list’!


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