Brindisi is a city on the Adriatic coast. Located in the south of Italy, in the Apulia region, it is a city with a lot of history, thanks in part to its great natural port, which has played a really important historical role in the development of this region of the country. It is also an interesting port of call that we can mark on our next cruise route. A place where we can soak up the southern Italian culture and where we will enjoy many tourist visits.
The biggest advantage of Brindisi is that it has a historic center with a fairly comfortable size. We can tour this center in a morning without problems, something that places the city as a perfect scale.
What can we see in Brindisi?
We can highlight the Castello Rosso , a large red castle that receives that name because of the color of the stone on which it was built. The Aragonese castle was built in order to defend the city in 1491 on an island in front of the town. Thus, the fortress is divided into two parts, the red castle and the fort destined for the marine command.
The city also has another fortress, Suevo Castle . It rises over the Poniente canal, in the port area. This place is interesting for its facade and location, but also for the exhibitions that are held inside.
It was built under the mandate of Frederick II, and served, originally, as a fortified residence for the garrisons.
Walking through the city center we will find the Piazza del Duomo . It is, without a doubt, one of the must-see visits on this scale. There we can observe the great cathedral, consecrated to San Giovanni Battista . It was built in the ninth century. It stands out for its medieval floor and its paving. A place that, moreover, was a crossing of crusaders and pilgrims to the Holy Land.
In the square we can also observe the bishop’s baroque palace and the facade of the seminary , designed by Mauro Manieri in 1720. Highlight its balcony, with eight figures representing the sciences; Mathematics, Ethics, Theology, Philosophy, Law, Poetics, Harmony and Oratory. Inside you can visit the Diocesan Museum G. Tarantini .
In this square, right next to the cathedral, next to the portico with two-colored ogival cross, you can also find access to the Archaeological Museum . It is an interesting place to see the history of the region since prehistory.
Nor should we lose sight of the Loggia Balsamo , with a beautiful balcony with nine brackets that show allegorical figures.
If we go to the district of San Pietro degli Schiavoni, we can see some examples of the ancient Roman city . We can admire the pavement, the remains of civil houses and a thermal complex. In addition, Porta Mesagne is also nearby , with the remains of the five lime bathtubs that were used to filter drinking water that came from Pozzo Vito.
The most pleasant area for walks is, without a doubt, Lungomare . Here you can also enjoy delicious ice cream. It is the promenade where some illustrious buildings will surprise us along the way. It is also the place where the monument to the sailor of Italy stands . A huge monument of 53 meters high made in carparo with the statue of the Virgin “Stella del Mare” on the altar. The monument was inaugurated by King Vittorio Emanuele III in 1933. He is in charge of guarding a crypt with the remains of sailors killed in wars since the unification of Italy.
Do not forget to also visit the Montenegro Palace or the International Hotel . The latter is the symbol of the golden age of the city, in the 19th century. A time when there was a great transit of passengers and merchandise that, with the opening of the Suez Canal, left by train from London to embark on the Indies.
If you feel like seeing something more than the city, we recommend you visit one of these nearby towns, each one more beautiful: Alberobello , Ostuni, Lecce, Polignano a Mare, Otranto and Lecce