Cruise Port Atlas | Brindisi, Italy Day Trips | Attractions

Brindisi, Italy Day Trips | Attractions

With limited time in port, planning is the best way to make the most of your time. Should you strike out on your own? Should you hire a local guide? Or should you book a shore excursion offered by the cruise line or an international tour company? Below we have listed the attractions and activities that many other cruisers have enjoyed. This information should help you plan.

The advantage to cruise line tours is that they are timed for your visit and give you flexibility to change your mind after your trip begins. The advantage of using a large international firm is that tours are often less expensive than cruise sponsored tours. The advantage to using a local tour company or guide is that prices can be significantly lower or you may be able to get a customized trip just to see the attractions that interest you most.

Cruise lines that visit Brindisi: Voyages of Discovery, Windstar, Azamara Club Cruises, Seabourn

Key Attractions: Brindisi Duomo, Grand Castle (Castello Svevo), Red Castle (Sea-Fort), Santa Croce Basilica, Baroque Lecce, Roman Amphitheater, Trullo Houses of Alberobello, Ostuni, Torre Guaceto Park and Beaches, Torre Santa Sabina, Lido Specchiolla, Torre Rosa

Brindisi Attractions

Port to Duomo - 0.9 KM, 3 minutes, 7 minute walk
Port to Castello Grande - 0.9 KM, 3 minutes, 7 minute walk
Port to Red Castle / Tourist Marina - 7 KM, 14 minutes
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Brindisi's attractions begin with its two castles (fortresses) built to protect the lowland port from invaders. The larger is the Hohenstaufen Castle, also known as the Castello Grande, near the city center. At the edge of the outer port is the Aragon Castle, which sits on a small island and includes a portion known as the Red Castle. The Duomo (Cathedral) was renovated in a Baroque style after the original was destroyed. The other popular churches include the Church of San Benedetto, with an impressive bell tower, and the Church of Santa Maria de Casale, with a pristine Romanesque exterior and hints of Gothic influence. Brindisi marks the end of the Roman Apian way and two Roman columns were built to signify the ending. One is still in Brindisi and the other was moved to Lecce. In the harbor is the modernist Italian Sailors Monument.



Photo of Roman Column that ends the Via Appia, Photo of Sea Castle courtesy of Puglia Tourism


Port to Lecce - 38 KM, 32 minutes
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South of Brindisi is the city of Lecce, known as the Florence of the South for the ornate Baroque architecture of many of its churches and homes. The classic iconic building in the city is the Church of Santa Croce, begun in the mid-16th century but not completed for nearly 200 years. It has a richly complex exterior design and 17 interior altars. The city's cathedral features a massive bell tower that sits on the Piazza Duomo, one of the main city squares. The ruins of a Roman Amphitheater are near Piazza St. Oronzo, the site of the Roman column given to the city by Brindisi. Nearby is the Castle of Charles V, with elements of 12th-16th century architecture.



Photo of Santa Croce Interior and Church of St. John the Baptist by tango7174

Trullo Houses of Alberobello

Port to Alberobello - 74 KM, 1 hour 12 minutes
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In the small village of Alberobello visitors will see an unusual style of building called a trullo (trulli is the plural). These mostly-round buildings have unusual cone roofs built of stone without mortar. The single room buildings are popular with tourists for their rustic charm and are used for vacation housing, barns, and for a few locals who cannot afford something more modern. The walls are up to 6 feet thick and there are no windows. The origin of this style of construction is unknown, but it was particularly popular beginning in the 18th century. The village also has the lovely Church of St. Anthony and hosts many summer time festivals.



Photo of Trulli by Marcok

Ostuni, the White City

Port to Ostuni - 40 KM, 42 minutes
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Surrounded by olive groves and vineyards, the hilltop town of Ostuni is known as the "White City" for its mostly white buildings. Within the city are the Cathedral with lovely baroque decorations, the Bishop's Palace, and parts of the original castle and walls built during the medieval era. Since the city is 7 kilometers inland, there were watch towers built on the shore in anticipation of an Ottoman invasion. These towers are still found in the beach areas.



Photo of Ostuni Cathedral by Paolo*torino, Photo of Ostuni by Dronkitmaster

Torre Guaceto Park and Beaches

Port to Torre Guaceto Park - 23 KM, 26 minutes
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Torre Guaceto Nature Reserve is a quiet stretch of pristine beach and an attached inland park that is popular with those who want to experience an undeveloped beach or go on a nature hike. This is a flat, wetland area, so hikes and other activities are not strenuous. The park offers guided snorkeling, nature biking (including the bike), and other outdoor activities but you'll need to bring water and food as there is none available in this park. The parking areas are fairly distant from the beach, so you'll have to walk a way to find that quiet stretch of sand you were hoping for.



Brindisi Area Beaches

Port to Torre Rosa (beach) - 11 KM, 20 minutes
Port to Lido Specchiolla - 24 KM, 25 minutes
Port to Torre Santa Sabina (beach) - 28 KM, 27 minutes
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Northwest of the city are a series of small beaches, many in small coves which offer visitors the sun and fun you would expect from southern Italy. Several of these beaches are centered around towers built to watch for the expected Ottoman invasion during the late Renaissance. Torre Rosa and Torre Santa Sabina are among the most popular, with restaurants and nice facilities. Because of the many different beaches it is sometimes possible to find your own private beach. The sands are generally white and the waters are clear and blue.



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