Brindisi - Do & See
The Baroque period of the 18th century has left its own stamp on towns such as Francavilla Fontana, Lecce and Ostuni. These towns are set on sunlit hilltops that rise like islands above a rolling landscape of olive groves and vineyards. The coastline is a striking mixture of ruggedly beautiful cliffs and grottoes interspersed with a scattering of long, sandy beaches.
Castello Grande / Castello Svevo
The Holy Roman Emperor, Frederick II, founded this imposing complex of fortifications which served as the imperial residence, prison, arsenal and garrison. A succession of kings and emperors added more towers and ramparts. Charles I of Anjou reinforced the walls at the end of the 13th century, Ferdinand I King of Naples strengthened them two centuries later and 18th century rulers added still more. During the 19th century the castle served as a prison, and since the 19th century it has been an Italian Navy base, and is strictly closed to the public aside from organised tours.
Monumento al Marinaio d’Italia
Monumento Al Marinaio D’Italia - Monument to the Italian Sailor
Built in 1933 at the peak of Mussolini’s Fascist regime, this grandiloquent memorial towering over Brindisi’s inner harbour survives as a monument to Italian seamen lost during two world wars. Designed by the architect Luigi Brunati and sculptor Amerigo Bartoli, the monument mimics a giant rudder 53 m (174 ft) high, beneath which a crypt in the shape of a ship’s hull bears the names of the 36,000 Italians lost at sea during World War I and WWII.
Museo Archeologico Provinciale
Museo Archeologico Provinciale - Francesco Ribrezzo Provincial Archaeological Museum
The rooms of this interesting archaeological 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, however, is the the Punta del Serrone collection of bronzes, salvaged from the seabed not far from Brindisi harbour in the early 1990's.
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 Imperiali, on Via Municipale, now houses municipal offices. The town also boasts a treasury of Baroque churches, notably the Chiesa Matrice, dating from 1759, which houses and allegedly miracle-working icon of the Madonna della Fontana, patron saint of the town.
Ostuni, about 32 km (20 miles) west of Brindisi, where a labyrinth of whitewashed lanes and alleys surrounds a hilltop crowned by a medieval cathedral, is the most impressive of Puglia’s ’white towns’, with sweeping views across the surrounding farmlands to the east coast.
About 40 km (25 miles) southeast of Brindisi, Lecce is the jewel of the Puglia 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 beaches in the region can be found just south of this pretty fishing port on Puglia’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 to suit all budgets and some excellent fish restaurants.
Work began on Brindisi’s impressive Cathedral in the 11th century and it was rebuilt in the mid-18th century. Parts of the original building, including a 12th century mosaic floor, can still be seen.
Santa Maria del Casale
Santa Maria del Casale is a popular tourist site which was built by Prince Philip of Taranto around 1300. This elegant church is located just few minutes' walk from the airport and on its facade are impressive frescoes.
Brindisi Express - City Tour
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 09.00 to 16.00. The tour is for one hour and 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.
Enjoy the largest wildlife park in Italy for both children and adults. Zoo Safari is located a few kilometres from Fasano and is a place where you can explore exotic animals like tigers, lions, bears, elephants and other exciting animals from your vehicle. In addition to the safari park there is a large amusement park with attractions for all ages.
San Domenico Golf
San Domenico Golf is considered as one of the best golf clubs in Italy with 18 holes overlooking the sea of Puglia. The course is spread over 6300 metres of lush land among olive trees. You will find this golf course near the small fisherman village of Savelletri.
Carrisiland Resort is an amusement and water park with lots of fun for the whole family. The water park offers huge swimming pools, slides for children, acquatube, whirlpool, various animations and much more. There is also a forest with different themes like the village of Tarzan, the jungle and Jurassic Park with dinosaurs. It also hosts musicals and shows.
Aragonese Castle also known as Red Castle is located on the Island of St. Andrew, at the port of Brindisi. This fortification dates back to 1481 and was completed in 1492 by Ferdinand I of Aragon. It was built in defence of the city from possible sea attacks.