The Eastern-facing port
Once a bridging point for crusading knights and now a not to be missed stop in any Mediterranean cruises, Brindisi is still a town that makes its living from people passing through, just like you on your MSC cruise ship!
An unforgettable experience could just be to while away your holiday time in a bar or restaurant in Brindisi’s old town. The old town has a pleasant, almost oriental flavour about it, with a few hidden gems tucked down its narrow streets. Via Colonne, with its seventeenth- and eighteenth-century palazzi, runs up to Brindisi’s Duomo – a remarkable building, if only for the fact that it’s survived seven earthquakes since its construction in the eleventh century. Just outside is the Museo Archeologico Provinciale.
In addition to ornaments and statues from the necropolises that lined the Via Appia in Roman times, several rooms accommodate bronzes recovered in underwater exploration in the area, as well as finds from excavations at the archaeological site of Egnazia nearby.
Another of Brindisi’s hidden treasures is the tiny, round church of San Giovanni al Sepolcro, an eleventh-century baptistery. It’s a little dark and decrepit inside, but you can just make out some of the original thirteenth-century frescoes. And there are more frescoes, this time a century older, in the Chiesa di Santa Lucia, just off Piazza del Popolo.
Excursions & Activities
Travelling from Bari and Taranto in the direction of Lecce or vice versa, take the “ Porta Lecce“ exit in the direction of the city centre, signposted “Centro”. After 1.5 miles (2 km), turn right at the sign marked “Seno di Levante“, Via Spalato gate.
The railway station is in the centre of town and within walking distance of the Cruise Terminal (10 mins).
Brindisi-Salento Airport is served by regular flights to and from Rome, Milan, Bologna, Venice, Turin and Perugia. The airport is around 6 km from the port and it is just a 15 minute taxi ride to the Cruise Terminal at the Via Spalato gate in the inner harbour.