Seaside fun, ancient history and beautiful old churches are the big draws of this picturesque city on the Adriatic coast in southeast Italy.
The coastal city of Brindisi has a history that stretches back more than 2,000 years. Although there are hardly any reminders of its time as a Roman port, medieval monuments and centuries-old buildings survive to this day. Journey back into the city's past and take advantage of its seaside setting on sunny days.
Get acquainted with Brindisi’s history by exploring its ancient sites. See the Roman column that marked the end of the Appian Way, the long, strategically important road that connected Brindisi to Rome.
Tour the 15th-century Aragonese Castle and the 13th-century Swabian Castle. This medieval structure overlooks the port and was used as a naval base during the 20th century's two world wars. Visit the cathedral, which houses the remains of the patron saints of Brindisi. Among the other beautiful church buildings in the city are the 11th-century Church of San Benedetto and the Church of Santa Maria degli Angeli, which dates back to the 17th century.
Uncover more history at the Provinciale Ribezzo Archeological Museum. Explore rooms containing prehistoric and Roman excavation finds, such as statues, vases and coins.
On the city's seafront, find the gardens of Vittorio Emanuele Square which is home to the 19th-century Dolphin's Fountain. Enjoy a fantastic view of the waterfront from the top of the Monument to Italian Sailors. Climb up the oval staircase to the roof of the 177-feet (54-meter) rudder-shaped structure. It was erected as a memorial to the fallen sailors of World War I. At the base of the monument is a chapel and the bell from the battleship Benedetto Brin. This vessel sank in Brindisi's port in 1915 after an onboard explosion.
With its coastal location, Brindisi is close to gorgeous beaches. Drive along the Adriatic coastline and stop by any of its sandy expanses and rocky coves.
Many visitors choose to fly into Brindisi’s airport. From there, it's a short car or bus ride to the city’s historical and scenic charms.