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 up to mind. For many, it is just the embarkation point to Greece. But I discovered that the city is indeed well worth spending a few days.

If you wonder why… Here are my 7 reasons to visit Brindisi

7 reasons to visit Brindisiand the surrounding area.

1. The old town

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

Brindisi, Palazzo Arcivescovile

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. Indeed, missing the cathedral and the beautiful Palazzo Arcivescovile (the Archbishop 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.

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 and to mark for you the exact point where the church stands.

Brindisi, A Carved Capital

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.

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.

3. Amazing food and excellent wine

Brindisi Food

Like everywhere else in Italy, Brindisi offers delicious food and good wine.

The area is a land of olive oil, tasty vegetables, great cheeses. Puglia also boasts excellent wines, like Negroamaro,  Sussumaniello, and the now well-known Primitivo. As a result, 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 reasonable prices.

4. Old houses, a little crumbling but enchanting

Brindisi Old Houses

Maybe it’s just me, but I’m fascinated by old houses, especially when they are a little crumbling. 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

Brindisi Waterfont

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 spiraling oval staircase.

6. The ‘White City,’ Ostuni

Ostuni The White City

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 love to go back.

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

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. Bring with you a lot of water and possibly a beach umbrella to protect yourself from the sun and the heat.

Useful information 

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:

The easiest way to explore Brindisi 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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7 reasons to visit Brindisi
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Note: ‘Brindisi is My Destination‘ invited me to discover this overlooked area of Puglia. As always, opinions are mine.

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  • Nicole @ Green Global Travel
    Posted at 17:11h, 19 July Reply

    We are in Italy in about a month. We are hiring a car and can’t wait to find little gems throughout the country. This place definitely looks like a spot to stop šŸ™‚

  • Jenna
    Posted at 06:58h, 08 July Reply

    SO many places to visit in Italy. It’s really mind-boggling!

    • Simon Falvo
      Posted at 07:57h, 08 July Reply

      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!

  • Anita
    Posted at 22:09h, 07 July Reply

    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 šŸ™‚

    • Simon Falvo
      Posted at 07:54h, 08 July Reply

      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.

  • Jessica J. Hill
    Posted at 17:32h, 07 July Reply

    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’!

    • Simon Falvo
      Posted at 07:52h, 08 July Reply

      Ostuni is beautiful and Brindisi is definitely a lovely place, where one can have a taste of authentic Italy.

  • Heather on her travels
    Posted at 09:44h, 07 July Reply

    Brindisi sounds really enchanting, I also like the atmosphere of a place that’s slightly crumbling, but not too much!

    • Simon Falvo
      Posted at 07:50h, 08 July Reply

      Glad you share my taste for places which are ‘a little crumbling’, Heather šŸ™‚

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