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Instagramming … Brindisi. And 13 Reasons Why You Should Visit!

February 20, 2014
Brindisi Streets

When people plan a holiday to Italy, it’s not likely that they’ll go out of their way to spend time in a small city like Brindisi. Unfortunately, it’s not really a top-rated tourist destination and is more often than not, only a landing point for people travelling to other parts of Puglia.

Brindisi

That’s where someone like me, a travel writer and photographer, comes in. I can tell you all about why you should visit lesser known places like Brindisi

What Brought Me to Brindisi?

After having just experienced Christmas in Iceland, I wasn’t planning on returning to Europe anytime soon. But then one day, an invitation appeared in my inbox from Agrifeudi, a brand new company that specializes in experiential-based travel, to come and spend four days in Salento with them.

Who could resist an invitation to visit southern Italy in the midst of a harsh Canadian winter? Not me.

It seemed downright silly to come all that way for only four days, so I decided to spend some extra time in Brindisi on my own. Upon hearing this, one of my friends actually invited me to visit him in another part of Italy, saying that Brindisi wasn’t exactly the most beautiful place. I politely declined, as I was truly curious about what Brindisi had to offer.

I ended up spending four days in the city, walking the streets and falling into the slow-paced lifestyle of Puglia.

Reasons to Visit Brindisi.

Brindisi has been an important port city since ancient times and is known as the “Gateway to the East.” Resting on the edges of the Adriatic Sea, it’s now an active trading and transport hub.

Reason 1 to visit Brindisi? Due to its central location, this is a great place to base yourself. You can easily reach several beautiful nearby towns like Monopoli, Ostuni and Alberobello either by car or train within 1-2 hours. You can even take ferries to Albania and Greece!

Reason 2 to visit Brindisi? To view this Roman column and stairs, which signify the end of the Appian Way, a stretch of road that connected the city to ancient Rome.

Roman Column in Brindisi

Reason 3 to visit Brindisi? The port. It’s a little like beauty and the beast. There’s the sea, pretty buildings, palm trees, restaurants and the view of the other side of town. Then there’s the blight of industry, cargo ships and factories.

I found it beautiful nonetheless. Be it midday or at dusk, there’s something special about walking through this area as you can see by my numerous photos.

Brindisi Seaside and Port

Brindisi Seaside

Brindisi Seaside and Port

Brindisi Seaside

Brindisi Seaside

Brindisi Seaside
Brindisi Seaside

Brindisi Seaside

Reason 4 to visit Brindisi? If the port area alone isn’t enough, there’s always the Monument to Italians Sailors dedicated to men who died at sea during WW I. Take the short ferry ride across the water and either climb the stairs or take the elevator to the top for a great view of Brindisi.

Brindisi Seaside

Brindisi Seaside

Reason 5 to visit Brindisi? Piazza Duomo for beautiful architecture like this. Be sure to check it out during the day and at night. 

Piazza Duomo in Brindisi

Piazza Duomo in Brindisi

Reason 6 to visit Brindisi? The Brindisi Cathedral (also located in Piazza Duomo), an 11th century cathedral built in -a Romanesque-style.

The original church was destroyed in an earthquake in 1743 so what you see today is the 17th century reconstruction.

Piazza Duomo in Brindisi

Piazza Duomo in Brindisi

Duomo in Brindisi

Duomo in Brindisi

 Reason 7 to visit Brindisi? The Church of San Giovanni al Sepolcro for its fading 14th-century frescoes.

Historic Brindisi

Reason 8 to visit Brindisi? To aimlessly wander the streets of Old Town, getting lost and finding surprises along the way. Parked vespas and laundry hanging outside to dry all make for a dreamy scene.

Brindisi Streets

Brindisi Streets

Reason 9 to visit Brindisi? Doors. As odd as it sounds, Italy just does doors better. They’re all so unique and pretty.

Brindisi Door Porn

Brindisi Door Porn

Brindisi Door Porn

Reason 10 to visit Brindisi? Cats. You’ll see many felines wandering the street, looking plump and content. Being a cat lover (I have a cute Persian named Izzy), I was delighted to see that the cats were well taken care of in Brindisi.

Brindisi Cats

Brindisi Cats

Reason 11 to visit Brindisi? To view the massive war memorial. At first glimpse, you see this lovely square and statue.

Brindisi Monument

But see how giant this memorial is from the other side, looking back from the harbourfront.

Brindisi Monument

Reason 12 to visit Brindisi? The wine. Not only is the wine good, it’s cheap. I scored a litre of red wine at Il Carpaccio, a small family run restaurant specializing in Puglian cuisine, for 3 euros!

Reason 13 to visit Brindisi? To experience the real Italy. I feel very passionately about making my travel as authentic as possible and want to visit places where there are few tourists and get me off that proverbial beaten path.

With this in mind, rent an apartment for the duration of your stay. I found a large one bedroom in Old Town with Mare Nostrum (costing $50 US or 36 € a night). Tucked away on a narrow street, I enjoyed the sounds of life outside like the coo of the pigeon on my balcony, the meow of a hungry cat walking down the street, the neighbors cheering as they watched a soccer match.

I made my own breakfast each morning, complete with a strong cup of coffee, and even pasta one night for dinner. It was fun to go to the market and speak in my very poor Italian with the shopkeepers.

The owner of my bed and breakfast Giuseppe was kind and helpful, providing me a map of the city and passionately telling me all about the points of interest. It was easy to see that he loved Brindisi! He even invited me out with his friends, an offer I was unable to take him up on as I spent much of my time in Brindisi recovering from a bad cold and jet lag. Boo, to being sick when you’re on vacation!

Visit Brindisi

Yes, it lacks the glamour of Rome or Milan but it has its own unique charm and is beautiful in its own way.

Have I convinced you yet? Now that you have 13 reasons about why you should visit Brindisi, will you stop by for a visit if you’re ever in Puglia?

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  • Reply Jenna February 20, 2014 at 3:51 pm

    Great images, Cheryl. I would definitely stop by for a visit when I get to Puglia. Looks like a beautiful town with some nice historic sites as well.

    • Reply Cheryl Howard February 20, 2014 at 4:19 pm

      Thanks Jenna! It’s a very photogenic city. Also, the prices are great – the hotels are not that expensive, as the food and wine. I mean a liter of local wine, for 3 euros! Can’t go wrong. 🙂

  • Reply Henry | @fotoeins February 20, 2014 at 4:11 pm

    Lovely lovely stuff, Cheryl. Makes me want to go and spend heaps of time in Italy.

    • Reply Cheryl Howard February 20, 2014 at 4:22 pm

      Thank you Henry! I’d never been to Puglia before and fell in love with almost each and every place I visited. I’d love to spend the summer there, writing and enjoying life under the sun.

      I can only wish. 🙂

  • Reply Sam February 21, 2014 at 12:01 pm

    Looks lovely! My partner and I have been strongly considering visiting eastern and southern Italy later this year, and I think if we do, Brindisi will be a must.

    • Reply Cheryl Howard February 21, 2014 at 3:13 pm

      Hey Sam! This was my first time in Southern Italy and I loved it. I’ll be going back someday for sure. I hope you and your partner will enjoy Brindisi as much as I did. 🙂

  • Reply Susan (@VibrantIreland) February 21, 2014 at 2:30 pm

    Yep, your post definitely tempts us to Brindisi. Wonderful photos, & experiencing the real Italy via renting an apartment is always such a draw. Nice!

    • Reply Cheryl Howard February 21, 2014 at 3:15 pm

      Hey Susan! Thanks, I hope that I can draw you to Southern Italy. It really is such a gorgeous region, It’s now one of my favorite parts of the country.

  • Reply reeta @houseofanais February 22, 2014 at 9:49 am

    Brindisi looks really lovely and vibrant and with all those lovely reason to visit I definitely shall if I make it to the region one day. I also like the idea of renting an apartment instead of a hotel.

    • Reply Cheryl Howard February 22, 2014 at 10:46 am

      Reeta, it’s funny as I just read in a NY Times travel piece that Brindisi was simply depressing. I think it’s an unfair judgement of the place. Maybe it’s not a perfect place to live, but I think there’s some nice things about the city as well. 🙂

      Renting the apartment was great! Especially, hearing all those sounds late at night … such a different experience than a hotel.

  • Reply Mary @ Green Global Travel February 23, 2014 at 6:25 pm

    This is a very convincing post! The photos are beautiful. The city has a beauty of its own. The cathedral is stunning. Thanks for sharing.

    • Reply Cheryl Howard February 23, 2014 at 6:46 pm

      Thanks Mary! It’s definitely worth spending some time there.

  • Reply Laura @Travelocafe February 24, 2014 at 4:39 am

    You had me already at reason number 1. Still, all of them are very convincing.

    • Reply Cheryl Howard February 24, 2014 at 1:11 pm

      Laura – That’s great! I hope that this post will really attract more people to Brindisi.

  • Reply A Montrealer Abroad February 24, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    I love how the two cats strike the same exact pause!

    • Reply Cheryl Howard February 25, 2014 at 8:20 am

      Ha ha, they are pretty adorable. The one on top of the car kinda won my heart!

  • Reply Devlin @ Marginal Boundaries February 26, 2014 at 4:00 pm

    I really enjoy smaller towns like this, the slower pace is so calming. Which is a perfect contrast for us natural born city folk. Brindisi seems like such a peaceful place to really get away and rest your mind & soul.

    • Reply Cheryl Howard February 27, 2014 at 6:23 am

      Devlin – it was a great way to spend a few days. A much different way of Life than Toronto.

  • Reply Cristina February 28, 2014 at 4:33 pm

    I have a fascination for doors too! Windows and especially balconies!

    • Reply Cheryl Howard February 28, 2014 at 5:19 pm

      I’m more obsessed with doors for some reason, and obviously cats. 😀

  • Reply Jennifer March 22, 2014 at 3:43 pm

    Brindisi probably isn’t for me other than passing through to other areas of Puglia. I definitely need something to do or sights to keep me interested, but that is because I also live in real Italy every single day.

    • Reply Cheryl Howard March 23, 2014 at 9:54 am

      That’s why I feel that Brindisi is a little underrated. It’s not as gorgeous as some other nearby towns, but there’s more than meets the eye if you stay a while and look for it. 🙂

  • Reply Massimo July 11, 2014 at 6:20 am

    Thanks Cheryl!!!!
    Finally someone spend some kind words on Brindisi
    I was born here and decided to come back a few months ago and open a bnb….funny that
    It’s a gorgeous city with a not so gorgeous council unfortunately
    It has a lot to offer as you discovered and is
    well located for people who want to travel just about anywhere in the south

    Grazie Mille !!!!!

    Bnbbuenavista.it

    • Reply Cheryl Howard July 11, 2014 at 4:28 pm

      Hi Massimo –

      You’re welcome. I’m so happy you like the article. And grazie mille for coming to my site!

      BTW – how did you discover this article? I’m interested to know where it is being shared online.

      Thanks,
      Cheryl

  • Reply ArcobalenTo July 13, 2014 at 5:28 am

    We should need of a Canadian to appreciate what we have here in Italy! Thank you so much for your travel diary of Brindisi. I would like to invite you to my Bed&Breakfast ArcobalenTo.it near Brindisi, you can stay here for free e I can suggest you many others places not so known by tourists but amazing! I hope to see you! Ciao!

    • Reply Cheryl Howard July 13, 2014 at 9:56 am

      Thank you for your kind words. I sometimes think that although I am Canadian by birth, I’m Italian by heart!

      Thank you for your kind invite as well. I will definitely let you know should I be in Brindisi again. I long to visit nearby Ostuni which I missed on my last visit.

  • Reply Marzia Majorano January 24, 2015 at 2:38 am

    Thank you very much for the beautiful words you spent for my “little town”. I was born here and I never wanted to go away. I like to live here and it’s so nice that the tourists appreciate what I see every day. If you’ll return, you could also think to visit all the storic centre, rich of little streets and beautiful churces.

    • Reply Cheryl Howard January 27, 2015 at 6:20 am

      Hi Marzia –

      You are welcome and thank you for reading! 🙂

      I really loved my time there and now really hope to come back. I love Italy so much, especially the South.

      Cheryl

  • Reply Vince January 25, 2015 at 11:33 am

    I’m not from brindisi, but I’m currently living in one of the very next cities. I’ve been living there for one year, I feel really oppressed and depressed by the sense of NOTHING you can strongly touch in this city. Citizens get really obsessed by their sense of protection for Brindisi, I cannot explain why. All the photos you can see published in this page show just the ONLY 2, or at least 3 places quite good to be mentioned( such as the Cathedral and the very new seaport). The rest (85%) of the city looks really like a kind of disordered ghetto. Really not what southern Italy could give at last. Visit Lecce, Alberobello, Fasano, Ostuni, <leuca, Otranto, Bari, Trani, Giovinazzo, Bisceglie, Barletta, Andria, Conversano, Monopoli, Polignano, Cisternino, Bovino, Minervino Murge, and much more, but forget about Brindisi

    • Reply Cheryl Howard January 27, 2015 at 5:23 am

      Hi Vince –

      Thanks for your comment. I understand that not all of Brindisi is nice and that many of the other towns can be seen as nicer or prettier. And I also understand that living somewhere is definitely different than visiting. From what I’ve heard, life can be difficult there.

      However, I think there is a charm to visiting places that people do not normally go and showing others why they should go. There are always beautiful things one can find – and not just for how it looks but for the people you meet and the food you eat for example.

      This was really what I was trying to get across in my article.

      Cheers!
      Cheryl

    • Reply Massimo January 27, 2015 at 5:48 am

      I agree with you when you are saying that as “Brindisini”we can’t look after our own city.
      However I am not sure what you refer as the sense of “nothing”as it is a city with lots of history and natural beauties and you can actually breath culture as you walk in the center amazing streets but of course you also have to know about it in order to be able to do that.
      After all is a traveling blog we are on and they are not going to tell you about our day to day struggles

      • Reply Cheryl Howard January 27, 2015 at 5:57 am

        Thanks Massimo! This is a travel blog and well, I love your city nonetheless. And all the responses on this article just makes me want to come back and visit. 🙂

  • Reply Carlijn De Nijs February 3, 2015 at 12:05 pm

    Hi Cheryl, my friend sent me your article, since I am living in Brindisi since June (2014). I am from Holland and now run a B&B in Brindisi with my Italian boyfriend (yes, he is the reason why I live in Brindisi now, haha). Funny to see that you made pictures at Piazza Santa Teresa (where you found the “massive war memorial”), because that is where I live :)!! I might have seen you! Anyway, if you decide to come back and would like to get in touch, let me know! Good luck with your blog, ciao ciao,

    Carlijn (or here in Italy: Carolina)

    • Reply Cheryl Howard February 4, 2015 at 4:59 am

      Hi Carlijn – Thanks for your kind comment! Hope you’re enjoying your new life in Brindisi. If I come back, I’ll definitely get in touch. 🙂

      Cheryl

  • Reply Karen Barsch August 4, 2016 at 5:45 pm

    Thanks for the lovely pictures Cheryl!
    My husband and I will be in Brindisi for New Years Eve December 31, 2016 through the first week of January 2017. What celebrations are you aware of?

    • Reply Cheryl Howard August 4, 2016 at 6:59 pm

      Hey Karen!

      Glad you enjoyed the post. 🙂

      I’m not personally awards of any celebrations as I visited in late January. I’d suggest checking the Brindisi tourism site for more info.

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