With spectacular scenery within easy reach and much history to uncover, the region has plenty to offer, including an impressive Roman road...
A historic and picturesque city set in the Puglia region of Italy, Brindisi is a port which benefits from beautiful architecture and some exceptional gothic and baroque churches such as the Church of Santa Maria del Casale. There’s also an incredible cathedral which is well worth a visit for its awe-inspiring features.
The Appian Way is certainly not to be missed and is a significant old Roman road, which once connected the great city of Rome to Brindisi. The Fontana Grand is a gem which can be found along its route and this ornate fountain is well preserved and shows a typical example of its time. The road is notorious for many reasons, including the crucifixion of Spartacus and his army.
Another important attraction is the Castello Grande, which dates to the 13th century and is a fine and solid structure. It’s been used in the past as a navy base, prison and also as the royal residence of King Victor Emmanuel III.
The Monument to the Italian Soldier is also unique to Brindisi and was built in 1933 by Mussolini to commemorate the lives of the 6,000 fallen soldiers of WW1.
Flights to Brindisi arrive at Brindisi Papola Casale Airport BDS and ferries to Greece, Albania and former Yugoslavian countries are within easy reach, making the city well-connected. The beautiful Puglia region is a stone’s throw away and offers opportunities for excursions further afield. When travelling to Brindisi flights are flexible allowing for the best possible experience.
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Brindisi has limited direct flights from the UK, with just Ryanair flying the route...
The flights take around two and a half hours and operate from London Stansted.
Additionally, there are connecting flights with Alitalia from London via Rome or Milan, or with Swissair via Zurich from London, Birmingham, Manchester and Edinburgh. These connecting flights take four hours or more.
Just four miles from the centre of town, and close to major road networks, getting in and out is a simple affair...
Once disembarked from your flight to Brindisi, you’ll find a range of options for getting into town and further afield.
For €3 (about £2.30) you can hop on to one of the regular buses that shuttle to and from the centre of Brindisi. The journey takes less than 15 minutes. From here, you can also get the bus to Lecce, which is 45 minutes down the road, for €6.
Taxis are available 24 hours a day and offer the most flexible option for getting to and from Brindisi and other nearby destinations. Expect to pay around €25 euros to get into town. Some firms may charge more, so be prepared to agree a price before setting off.
Car hire could work out to be a good investment. As well as being able to transfer quickly to and from the airport, you’ll also have freedom to roam and take in some of the sights that can be found around the heel of Italy.
From luxury to wallet-friendly, Brindisi offers a wide selection of hotels to suit all budgets and tastes...
With a great deal of culture, excellent sightseeing opportunities and much natural scenery to admire, Brindisi stands proud as one of Italy's most glorious cities. As a great base to explore the wider Puglia region, the city offers plenty to travellers, eager to uncover the best of this area.
Luxury hotels tend to be found on the seafront, enjoying prime views of the port and the Adriatic. Further into town you’ll encounter a healthy mix of luxury and budget accommodation.
Away from the city, you’ll find several fishing villages with quieter hotels and countryside villas dotted along the coast towards the southern city of Lecce. Places such as Casalabate and Torre Chianca are also close to some fantastic beaches.
Inland from Brindisi, most towns have hotels, although the choice can be limited. However, there is an abundance of private villas, many with pools, which can be used as a base to explore the wider region and to visit destinations such as Bari. A 75-minute drive north-west of Brindisi, the capital of Puglia offers a lively nightlife, a gaggle of excellent restaurants and plenty of shopping.
A 50-minute drive to the west of Brindisi will see you in Taranto. This fairly gritty naval port has an industrial skyline but a fascinating history. A wealth of authentic restaurants can be found amid the warren of its medieval streets.
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