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Blick auf Brindisi, Bild: Sopotnicki / shutterstock

Brindisi, the pearl on the Italian Adriatic coast

Dolce vita and a lot of Roman culture await visitors when you visit the port city of Brindisi in Apulia, Italy. Brindisi is old and was first mentioned in Roman records as early as the third century.

The natural harbour of the city on the Adriatic Sea is still an important pier for international ferry traffic, as boats depart from here for Turkey, Albania and Greece. But above all, Brindisi is a wonderful starting point for holidays on the Adriatic coast, which is characterized by enchanting towns and beautiful beaches with crystal clear waters.

This speaks for a holiday in Brindisi and Puglia.

Italy is and remains one of the most popular holiday destinations and due to its diverse landscapes and fascinating cultural treasures, it is always worth a visit.
This also includes Puglia in the southeast, which forms the heel of the boot, so to speak, in its geographical form.

The wonderful coastline along the Mediterranean Sea offers perfect conditions for a relaxing beach holiday or an active stay on the water. Water sports are very important here and the conditions for surfers and other sports are perfect.
The capital Bari and the city of Lecce, known as the “Florence of the South”, are just as interesting destinations as the charming port city of Brindisi, which has always been an important location, especially due to its natural harbour basin.

The most beautiful sights in Brindisi

Brindisi Harbour Promenade
Harbour promenade of Brindisi, Image: Angelo DAmico / shutterstock

In addition to the harbour, Brindisi also has a cute old town to offer, which invites you to stroll and linger. In the small and winding alleys, the southern Italian attitude to life is omnipresent and in one of the many nice trattorias you can enjoy the red wine specially grown in this area. But in the picturesquely situated town there are also some historically important buildings and artefacts from times long past.

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Not only Rome has a large staircase, but also in Brindisi visitors can walk over one on the Colonne Terminali della Via Appia. At the top of this historic attraction is a marble column, which was built as one of two twin columns by the Romans in the 2. or 3rd century.
In addition, there is one of the most spectacular and beautiful views over the harbour area from here.

From up there, you can also see the Lungomare Regina Margherita harbour promenade, on which you can stroll directly along the harbour basin and watch the ferries dock and depart. And if you want to enjoy an aperitif and a delicious meal with a view of the harbor, you will find plenty of options on the promenade.

Visitors can admire another wonderful view of the entire city from the Monumento al Marinaio d’Italia. This monument was erected between 1932/33 for the fallen Italian sailors in the First World War. Today it is a memorial and at the same time a popular destination.

The Pontificia Basilica Cattedrale was built in the 11th century in honor of John the Baptist and stands in Piazza Duomo in the heart of Brindisi. The basilica, built in Romanesque style, offers plenty of space for beautiful photo motifs and inside for silence and reflection as well as some cooling off on hot summer days.

Other buildings of historical value are the church of San Benedetto and the Castello Alfonsino di Brindisi, which rises on the island of Sant ́Andrea at the beginning of the harbour basin. The coastal fortress is always open for visits and cultural events also take place regularly.

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Brindisi as a seaside resort

The wonderful crystal clear water off the coast invites you to swim and linger and at Guna Beach visitors will find a beautiful stretch of beach with the best opportunities to experience the waters of the Mediterranean Sea for themselves. Another area can be experienced at the Oktagona. At both places, the physical well-being and one or the other variety is also taken care of and therefore it is worthwhile to plan a whole day for the visit there.

For lovers of natural beaches without a lot of frills around them, the Torre Pozzelle is the right address. The cliffs and bays are surrounded by Mediterranean vegetation and unspoilt nature.

The surroundings of Brindisi are worth further excursions.

Alberobello, Puglia in Italy
Alberobello – The Trulli Capital, Image: thegrimfandango / shutterstock

Slightly inland is Alberobello, which is absolutely worthwhile for a day trip. The great attraction of this place are the stone houses with their cone-shaped roofs, which were built more than 700 years ago.

This city is considered one of the most authentic in the whole country and the picturesque alleys will immediately enchant and captivate every visitor. The capital Bari is also not far away and Castriano del capo in the Lecce area forms the southernmost point of this region and is also a worthwhile destination during a stay in Brindisi.