Works on Brindisi’s impressive Cathedral began in the 11th century and it was rebuilt in the mid-18th century. Parts of the original building, including a twelfth-century mosaic floor, can still be seen. Inside you can see the altars in poly-chrome marble commissioned, the balustrades and the majolica floor.
This great castle is the second of the four castles in Brindisi. In the 13th century, Emperor Frederick II commanded the construction of this fortress in which the citizens could take refuge in case of danger and to better defend themselves. Later, in the mid-15th century Ferdinand I of Naples decided to add new town walls in order to defend the castle from deadly shootings. Today it represents one of the leading Navy bases in Italy.
Built in 1933 at the peak of Mussolini’s regime, this memorial towering over Brindisi’s harbour survives as a monument to seamen lost during the two world wars. The monument mimics a giant rudder, beneath which a crypt in the shape of a ship’s hull bears the names of the 36,000 Italians lost at sea.
The rooms of this museum are arranged around different themes and contain a wealth of Greek and Roman statues, mosaics, bronze and silver coins, pottery and weapons. The top attraction is the the Punta del Serrone collection of bronzes, salvaged from the seabed not far from Brindisi harbour.
Around 40 km (25 miles) southwest of Brindisi, Francavilla Fontana is known for the numerous palatial mansions built by local aristocrats during the Baroque period. The most striking of these, the Palazzo Imperiale on Via Municipale now houses municipal offices. The town also boasts a treasury of Baroque churches, notably the Chiesa Matrice, dating back to 1759, which houses the allegedly miracle-working icon of the Madonna della Fontana, patron saint of the town.
About 40 km (25 miles) southeast of Brindisi, Lecce is the jewel of the Apulia region. A historic town with a treasury of Baroque churches and mansions, a dramatic Roman theatre on its main square, and a sturdy medieval castle that is in the process of being turned into a centre for the arts. It has some excellent hotels and plenty of bars and restaurants.
The best sandy beache in the region can be found just south of this pretty fishing port on Apulia's west coast, about 80 km (50 miles) south of Brindisi, where yet another medieval castle guards a fine natural harbour overlooked by old whitewashed houses. Gallipoli has plenty of places to stay suiting all budgets and some excellent fish restaurants.
Santa Maria del Casale is a popular tourist site which was built by Prince Philip of Taranto in 1300, and recently renovated. This elegant church is located just few minutes' walk from the airport. Its facade is skilfully decorated with impressive ornate frescoes.
A great way to explore the city is to take the Road Train with Brindisi Express. The tour starts from the port's entrance, Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II, every hour from 9.00am to 4.00pm. The tour takes one hour and it includes a homemade Italian gelato and a tour guide.
For a lazy day at the beach, head over to Lido Azzurro. This beautiful beach offers facilities like changing rooms, showers, deck chairs, umbrellas and if you are feeling hungry there are restaurants and bars around the area (sunbeds and umbrellas are offered at a fee, but you can bring your own).
Zoo Safari is the largest wildlife park in Italy, located a few kilometres from Fasano. It is a place where you can watch exotic animals like tigers, lions, bears, elephants (and so much more) from your vehicle. In addition to the safari park there is a large amusement park with attractions for all ages as well as several restaurants where to energise before finding out new exciting species.
San Domenico Golf is consideres one of the best golf clubs in Italy with its 18 tours overlooking the sea of Apulia. 6300 meters of meandering meadows flowing among olive groves all along a beautiful stretch of the Adriatic coast offer a spectacular view of the sea. You will find this golf course near the small fishing village of Savelletri.
Carrisiland Resort is an amusement and water park for the whole family. The park offers swimming pools, slides, acquatube, whirlpools, animation, and much more. There is also a forest housing the village of Tarzan, the jungle, and a Jurassic Park with dinosaurs. It also hosts musicals and shows.
Certainly among the best beach lounges in the Brindisi area, Guna is a relaxing venue that plays unobtrusive jazz and operates on an à la carte basis (there is a cafe and restaurant). Sunbeds with soft mattresses set at a small elevation above the sea in a green area are at guests' disposal.
The port of Brindisi has seen many a cruise liner at rest in its waters. Recently renovated, the port area is now better than ever, fit for a leisurely scenic stroll and a lunch break in one of the several restaurants and cafes on the waterfront. At night, the area turns into a lively hot spot.
History-lovers and the curious should certainly include this site into their Brindisi itinerary. The ancient structure holds frescoes that date back to as early as the 12th century, with explanation boards set up in both Italian and English. Roman structures' remains can be seen in the basement.
Originally, there were two twin columns, but after the collapse of one of the two columns in 1528, the monument remained mutilated. The surviving column is among the most remarkable historical sites of Brindisi. It represents the point where the Appian way (road between Rome and Brindisi in that period) ended, as well as the place where (in Roman times) the travellers left to the East. From there, a splendid view of the port of the city is revealed.
Dining at Escosazio is an interactive experience, and the paradise on earth for meat-lovers'. Guests are free to choose from a variety of fresh cuts in the glass window display, which are then cooked to perfection in-house by experienced chefs. A large selection of wines and local beers is on offer as well.
Tucked away in a small alley not far from the port, Trattoria Pantagruele is an Italian restaurant especially known for its array of varied antipasti served prior to the main courses. Try the dish of the day, or feast on some of region's finest fish and seafood (among other options).
Traditional dishes are lovingly prepared in this cosy, affordably priced restaurant in a narrow street below Ostuni’s historic cathedral. It serves some incredible seafood starters and mains, paired with a good selection of wines. Furthermore, the establishment arranges cooking lessons.
Piazzetta's main draw is the outdoor terrace seating area, where diners are invited to feast on some of the region's finest fresh seafood next to an ancient Roman column - one of the city's historic sights. The menu features both cooked and raw elevated seafood dishes.
This small and elegant restaurant holds a menu that features a selection of seafood dishes with locally-sourced ingredients. Acquapazza is situated in the heart of Brindisi's historic centre, only few steps from Palazzo Zenthe. The chef at work can be observed via a see-through glass wall.
The Windsurf family restaurant, run by two brothers, is beautifully situated directly on the waterfront. The restaurant is well-known for the excellent pizza it serves. Apart from pizza, the menu features seafood, noodles, pasta and salads. Starter portions are generous and meant to be shared.
Il Boccone is a warm, small and cosy Italian restaurant with welcoming staff, serving high quality food at affordable prices. The restaurant is owned by a couple, who run the restaurant and double as chefs - the man is specialised in pizza, while his wife takes care of other house specialities.
A true gem and a rather rare discover in this part of Italy, the restaurant specialises in vegan cooking - all dishes served here are prepared without any trace of animal-derived products. This fine dining establishment serves a selection of exquisitely crafted and plated entrees, mains and desserts.
The establishment is located in the small, nice town of Latiano, not far from Mesagne. It is highly specialised in grilled meats, which are displayed in abundance in the glass show windows. The restaurant's homely atmosphere makes all the guests live a uniquely warm dining experience.
Arguably the best restaurant in Ostuni, with a classic menu and a long wine list to match. The restaurant is located just inside the town walls, in a 13th-century townhouse. The menu features dishes prepared with locally-sourced ingredients from Apulia, with a heavy emphasis on fish and seafood.
Cibus is located in an 15th-century convent, hidden down a narrow street in the old town of Ceglie Messapica. This is a nice family-run restaurant serving Italian cuisine specialities with a modern twist. The passion for quality and innovation makes dining at Cibus a special, unique experience.
The establishment is specialised in stuffed flatbread rolls. Choose a pre-set stuffing or choose the ingredients yourself, and they will be turned into an edible masterpiece in a matter of seconds. The "piadine" are good to be consumed in-house or to take away. Savory and sweet options available.
The establishment's quirky interior features a jukebox, a bicycle hanging down from the ceiling, a tiny vintage car, and multiple items made from recycled materials - including makeshift chairs and other pieces of decor. Serves sandwiches and coffee at incredibly affordable prices.
The centrally located cafe and restaurant serves a selection of seafood dishes and pasta, and is well-known for its pizza and savory pastries. The restaurant combines a relaxed, homely atmosphere with high professionalism of service, which makes it an easy favorite for locals.
This welcoming bar in Ostuni serves certainly much more than just coffees - the food arrangements are pleasing to the eye as much as the taste buds, and the owner couple undeniably try their best to make the dining experience a pleasurable one. Try one of the grand meat and cheese plates.
Since the moment you enter this bar you immerse yourself in a unique atmosphere. Ce cafe welcomes you in a sophisticated room consisting of a large multifaceted counter, hosts breakfasts and aperitifs by day and by night. The location is divided in three different spaces: the relaxation room, the sala bistrot-restaurant and the lovely terrace, characterised by a charming landscape of Ostuni and its Historical Centre.
One of the best beach bars in Brindisi seaside, Long Beach Bar is the place to be both day and night. The bar boasts a well-developed infrastructure with sunbeds and umbrellas set up on its sandy beach. Beach parties and DJ sets are hosted regularly - check the web page for details and schedules.
Conveniently located smack in the middle of the city centre, Central Bar is where an eatery and watering hole meet half way. It serves light foods (such as pizza and sandwiches), and offers full, substantial daily menus. At night, it transforms into a lively evening venue.
An operational fireplace creates a very intimate atmosphere in this dimly-lit locale, and guests are welcome to make use of the book exchange shelf as they sample some of the drinks from an extensive beer and cocktail list. Friday nights are normally reserved for high quality live music.
The Lighthouse Bar is a beachfront establishment not far from the historic, stunning town of Ostuni. It combines features of a beach bar and restaurant, holding various parties and music nights. Prices are in the upper range. Sunbeds and umbrellas are available for rent.
Il Fico Ricco - literally "the rich fig " - is a Latin American venue where you can dance Salsa all night long. The establishment hosts live music performances, special guest dancers and parties. There is a pool in the venue's courtyard, and the party does not stop till the sun arises.
In addition to being the city's main nightlife hot-spot, the Corso Garibaldi avenue is lined with all manner of stores and boutiques that sell local and international fashions, accessories, food products, and much more. There is a lot to choose from in terms of assortment and price range.
Nearly all cities in the province, including Brindisi itself, you can easily find markets set up on different days of the week where the freshest local products are sold at very reasonable prices. One of the main locations of this kind in Brindisi is at the crossing of Via Pace Brindisina and Via Santa Maria Ausiliatrice.
Erredibi creators are well known for their well-crafted, handmade leather products such as shoes and belts. This elegant and refined boutique makes beautiful, stylish sandals that last for ages and cannot be found anywhere else. There are multiple outlets throughout the province.
Carpisa is a world-renowned Italian brand that specializes on bags and accessories made of high-quality leather. Prices are more than reasonable for the quality. The outlet closest to Brindisi is in a large shopping center next to the town of Mesagne. The collections are constantly renewed.
The large shopping centre is located outside Brindisi city, closer to the small town of Mesagne to the southwest. It houses a vast selection of shops and boutiques, which includes both local and international brands. One of the highlights is, of course, the hyper-market Auchan itself.
Typicus is an artisan store selling edible specialties of the region - all lovingly packed and arranged in a very appealing, rustic display inside a compact space in the heart of the old town of Ostuni in Brindisi Province. Shop for olives (and products with derivatives), wines, and more.
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Spring in Apulia can be relatively hot and you can often take a dip in the sea even until early November. So, spring to early autumn (March to November) is surely an ideal period for travelling to this marvellous region of southern Italy, especially considering that this period boasts plenty of sunny days. This also makes it a good time for hiking or exploring the idyllic towns of Apulia, such as Alberobello, Ostuni, Lecce or Brindisi. Autumn is also a perfect period for cycling in Apulia, since this season boasts plenty of warm days in Apulia without the temperature getting too low. If you are not afraid of hot sunshine, summer is the right time to go there too, as the stunning beaches are perfect to sunbathe and relax while observing the waves crushing against the rocks.
The airport is located approximately 7 km (4.5 miles) from Brindisi. There is no rail link. The local STP bus service leaves from outside the arrival hall and runs to Brindisi city center. A taxi ride from the airport to the town centre takes around 10-15 minutes. Bus connections are also available to Lecce city-centre.
Ferrovie del Sud Est provides buses and trains within the region, from Brindisi to Bari and to the southerm city of Santa Maria di Leuca. Bus tickets can be bought at any bus stations. The regional rail network covers much of the Puglia region, but few trains run to the south of Lecce. Buy train tickets at the station, either from the ticket office or from ticket machines, and validate by stamping them in the machines on the station platform before boarding. The easiest way to explore the region beyond Brindisi is by car. You must carry a current driving licence with photo ID. It is compulsory to wear both front and back seat belts. Cars drive on the right-hand side of the road. Parking and navigating in the cramped historic centres of towns such as Ostuni and Lecce is difficult, and it is usually easier to park outside the centre and explore it on foot.