06 Jul 7 Reasons to Visit Brindisi
When thinking of the Puglia region, Brindisi is not the first destination that comes up to mind. For many, it is just the embarkation point to Greece, but the city is indeed well worth spending a few days, as I recently discovered. If you wonder why… Here are my 7 reasons to visit Brindisi and the surrounding area.
1. The streets of the old town
Ancient palaces, the beautiful cathedral, narrow alleys and old houses full of charm. The best way to explore Brindisi old town is getting lost. After all, the center is quite small so you’re likely at some point to come back to the starting point. Missing the cathedral and the beautiful Palazzo Arcivescovile, 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.
Finding the superb Church of San Giovanni al Sepolcro can be a little more tricky (I confess that I stumbled across it totally by chance), as it is a little hidden in a small alley near the Cathedral. It is definitely a must-see in Brindisi so ask where you’re staying for a map and to mark 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 wonderful example of the Romanesque style.
2. The laid-back lifestyle along the pretty waterfront
Take a stroll, look at the sailing boats moored along Brindisi waterfront, stop for a drink at one of the cafés and enjoy the wonderful scent of the sea. There’s often a nice breeze making it a great place to escape the heat and chill out.
3. Amazing food and excellent wine
Like everywhere else in Italy, Brindisi offers delicious food and good wine.
The area is a land of olive oil, tasty vegetables, great cheeses and excellent red wines, like the Negroamaro and the Sussumaniello, and almost every restaurant is a promise of a great meal.
If you are staying in a self-catering place, ask for a local market where you’ll find lots of fresh products at surprisingly good prices.
4. Old houses, a little crumbling but enchanting
Maybe it’s just me, but I’m fascinated by old houses, especially when they are a little decrepit. It’s not that I don’t like the restored ancient buildings, but in the crumbling constructions I can feel the life and my imagination starts to run freely.
5. The view of the waterfront from the top of the Monument to the Sailors
The top of the Monument to the Sailors is likely the best viewpoint on the beautiful Brindisi waterfront. From there, you’ll enjoy a different view of the city, the pastel-colored houses on the seafront, the boats waiting to take the sea. Pure marine bliss. And don’t miss to look at the stunning spiral oval staircase.
6. The ‘White City’, Ostuni
The enchanting Ostuni is perfect for a day out from Brindisi, being only 40 km away. Wander along the tiny cobblestone streets of the ‘White City’, have a look at the small shops, stop for lunch, dinner or a drink in one of the lovely cafés and restaurants with inviting alfresco settings, for an unforgettable day. I had a wonderful time in Ostuni, albeit too short, and would definitely love to go back.
7. The countryside, olive groves, and Torre Guaceto Nature Reserve
There’s no need to go far away 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. Take a lot of water and possibly a beach umbrella to protect yourself from the sun and the heat.
How to get to Brindisi:
Brindisi airport has flights from/to many Italian and European cities, operated by main airlines carriers as well as low-cost airlines. The airport is close to the center and very well connected by a regular bus service.
Getting around: To explore the surroundings, you can either travel by train/bus (depending on the destinations) or, if you want more freedom and to be able to stop at the many charming spots dotting Apulia, you rent a car directly at the airport.
Where to sleep:
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.
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Note: I am thankful to ‘Brindisi is My Destination‘ for the invitation to discover this overlooked area of Puglia. As always, opinions are mine.
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 Social Media Marketing. 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.