Brindisi is a balmy and slow-paced port town with a beautiful promenade along its seafront and palm-lined streets. In ancient times, the town lay at the end of the Via Appia and saw countless weary pilgrims, traders, crusaders, and legionnaires arriving on their way to Greece. These days, Brindisi locals are more likely to discover holiday makers who arrive at the airport looking for fun in the sun.
Attractions in Brindisi
Museo Archeologico Provinciale Ribezzo
Covering several floors, this impressive museum is home to well-documented exhbits including no less than three thousand bronze sculptures in the Hellenistic style. Other exhibits include 7th century terracotta figurines, Roman statues, and archeological finds from under the sea.
Tempio di San Giovanni al Sepolcro
Dating back to the 12th century, this Norman stone church features the traditional circular floor plan so beloved by the Templars. Its evocative structure is bare and austere with medieval frescoes adorning the walls. Once a popular stopover for the Crusaders who were visiting the Holy Land, the church is also home to huge gardens at its rear.
Castello Alfonsino di Brindisi
Located on Isola Sant’Andrea, this historic castle was built during the 1500s to protect Brindisi’s port entrance and to serve as a fortified defense for the town. With its keeps, walkways, and towers, the structure’s battlements boast amazing views over the port itself and the sea. In the castle’s centre, there’s also a picturesque enclosed port with a single arch forming its only access point.