Brindisi is an Apulian city rich in history and monuments and finds that can tell it. It is easy to reach and visit, close to other interesting cities, villages and localities. For this series of reasons you can opt for a one-day sightseeing tour or choose to spend a few days calmly.
Find out all the information you need to fully enjoy Brindisi and know already what to see, where to eat and what to do in the evening!
- 11 things to see in Brindisi in a weekend
- What to see in Brindisi in one day: recommended itinerary
- Where to eat in Brindisi: the best restaurants
- What to do in the evening: the nightlife areas and the best clubs in Brindisi
- Plan your stay in Brindisi: info and useful tips
- User questions and comments
11 things to see in Brindisi in a weekend
1 - Piazza Duomo
The Piazza Duomo of Brindisi is the oldest square in the city considered by many also the most beautiful. Its beauty is certainly due to the many important buildings that overlook it such as the Cathedral, the Seminary, the Balsamo Palace, the S. Vincenzo Institute, the Provincial Archaeological Museum and the portico of the Knights of Jerusalem.
Note that all the structures have a Roman and medieval imprint, a detail that leaves you speechless as soon as you set foot in this square.
- it is located in the heart of the historic center so it can be easily reached from any point of the city being located for example a few steps from the seafront and 10 minutes from the station - Get directions
- always open
2 - Cathedral of Brindisi
The Cathedral of Brindisi, also called Brindisi Cathedral and the Basilica of the Visitation, is a very ancient church. It was indeed consecrated in 1089 and over the years it has suffered various damages with consequent reconstruction. The earthquake of 1743 for example almost razed it to the ground. Today they can still be seen inside fragments of the very first floor as well as mosaics and canvases representing religious figures, moreover in the chapel are kept the mortal remains of San Teodoro d'Amasea, patron saint of the city.
- it is located in Piazza Duomo, in a very central position and easily reachable from any point of the city - Get directions
- always open
3 - Portico of the Knights Templar
The Portico of the Knights Templar is another of the buildings located in Piazza Duomo. Its architectural style dates back to the Middle Ages around the th and th centuries but its use has never been fully clarified. Its structure with Gothic arches and a Greek marble column suggests that it was a loggia and, if we also consider the position in the main square of the city, nothing excludes that it could have been the first archbishop's palace in Brindisi.
Today this porch serves as the entrance to the Provincial Archaeological Museum and in fact under it up to the actual entrance there are several sculptures, sarcophagi and architectural elements in bronze.
- it is located in Piazza Duomo, therefore in the heart of the historic center and within walking distance from every point of the city - Get directions
- always open
- Brindisi: guided tour of the Roman port
4 - Provincial Archaeological Museum
The Provincial Archaeological Museum is located in Piazza Duomo, precisely crossing the Portico of the Knights Templar. This museum exhibits numerous historical artifacts of various kinds such as statuettes, vases and utensils of ceramic and terracotta, coins and bronzes.
Inside it is in fact divided into many rooms, each of which houses the relics of a certain time span ranging from prehistoric times to the Messapi, all objects found in the Brindisi area.
- it is located in Piazza Duomo, in the historic center, easily reachable from any point of the city - Get directions
- open from Tuesday to Saturday from 9:30 to 13:30 and only on Tuesdays also open in the afternoon from 15:30 to 18:30
- € 5,00
5 - San Pietro degli Schiavoni
San Pietro degli Schiavoni is an archaeological area of Brindisi located in the central district of the same name. The archaeological area it presents elements and finds of the ancient Roman city and it was discovered by chance in the early sixties when a series of dilapidated houses were demolished to build the new Palace of Justice and during the works the remains of the medieval city were discovered. Unfortunately, however, the discovery was not noticed in time and the bulldozers destroyed everything but, once the damage was understood, work stopped to start archaeological excavations which brought to light the Roman city, older and even more submerged than the previous one.
- it is located in an area of the historic center, reachable on foot in a few minutes - Get directions
- open every day from 8: 30 to 13: 30
6 - Roman Columns
The Roman Columns are a monument located at the port of Brindisi, emblem of the city since the th century. Originally they were twin columns but in 1528 one collapsed while the other was later destroyed by World War II.
Between 1996 and 2002, however, the monument was restored and in the surrounding square archaeological investigations were carried out to bring to light any other remains of the Roman era. Today the columns continue to be a symbol for Brindisi, much visited and photographed, probably for all the history behind them.
- they are located between the port and the historic center, within walking distance of both - Get directions
- always open
7 - S. Faldetta Archaeological Collection
The S. Faldetta Archaeological Collection it is housed inside the Belvedere palace, on the seafront near the port and the Roman Columns. The collection boasts 363 historical artifacts, all of Apulian origin, arranged in different rooms organized by type.
Most of the items are ceramics of all shapes and colors with extraordinary designs and paintings ranging from amphones, vases, statuettes and much more. There are also bronze pieces, coroplastic specimens and Indian style sculptures.
- it is located near the port and the historic center, easily reachable on foot - Get directions
- open Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 to 13:00 and from 18:00 to 21:00
8 - Alfonsino Castle
The Alfonsino Castle is a castle on the sea located on the small island of Sant'Andrea, not far from the port. It is a complex Aragonese fortress whose works began in 1558 ordered by the then reigning Philip II of Austria, son of Charles V, and lasted 46 years. Its exterior appears in stone while inside there is a very decorated hall containing a washbasin with stone jambs, two bulwarks, one round and one triangular, and finally a portal adorned with coats of arms.
- due to its position on the island, the castle can only be reached by car thanks to the long and narrow road that connects it to the mainland, better known as Via Torpediniera Climene - Get directions
- open every day from 8: 30 to 13: 30
9 - Swabian Castle
Speaking of castles, if you like this type of attraction, we also want to point out the Swabian Castle, located 20 minutes from the Alfonsino Castle and 1 km from the historic center of Brindisi, precisely near the sea in the westernmost area of the city. Unfortunately this castle is permanently closed, probably due to ongoing renovations that make it unusable, but it is worth going for a look from the outside being on the way back from the Alfonsino Castle.
- it can be reached in 1 minute by car and 10 in piadi from the historic center - Get directions
- closed, can only be visited outside
10 - Bastion of Charles V
The Charles V Bastion is one Aragonese fortress of pentagonal shape located outside the historic center but not far from the station. Its construction began in the early 500s commissioned by Fernando d'Aragona to defend Brindisi from land attacks. Later Giovanni Battista Loffredo made important changes to the building by raising the complex, adding a lower square and walling up the three gunboats of the upper part. In the structure there is obviously no shortage coats of arms linked to Charles V, Ferdinand of Aragon and Giovanni Battista Loffredo.
- it is located outside the historic center but still in a central position, reachable from the most central attractions in 15 minutes on foot and 2 minutes from the train station - Get directions
- open every day from 10:00 to 13:00 and from 18:00 to 21:00
11 - Bastion of San Giacomo
Bastione San Giacomo is another Aragonese fortress of Brindisi, not far from the previous one but much more impressive and well restored. Like the Charles V Bastion, the San Giacomo Bastion also has a pentagonal shape and played the same role of defense for the city. Inside there are three rooms, divided into two floors and covered with a barrel vault. From the ground floor to the basement there is an ancient stone staircase that exceeds ten meters in altitude. Also on this bastion coats of arms are visible, this time, however, linked only to Emperor Charles V and his military architect Ferdinando Alarcon.
- just 5 minutes away from the former Charles V Bastion - Get directions
- open every day from 10:00 to 13:00 and from 18:00 to 21:00
What to see in Brindisi in one day: recommended itinerary
Visiting Brindisi in one day is possible and also very simple. The attractions are concentrated in the historic center and in its immediate vicinity (even most are located in Piazza Duomo) and this makes it easy to organize your itinerary without having to travel a lot. However, with only one day available, you will have to give up the visit of the Alfonsino Castle, the only attraction dislocated from the historic center for which it would be necessary to travel by car thus losing precious time.
Morning: start discovering Brindisi starting from outside the historic center, first having a breakfast at the Bar Chiosco Dell'Aglio and then visiting the Bastione Carlo V and Bastione San Giacomo. At the end of the two visits, start moving towards the heart of the historic center and stop at the San Pietro degli Sciavoni archaeological area as it is open only in the morning.
Once the tour of this site is finished, enjoy a short walk through the streets of the historic center passing through Piazza Duomo. For the moment, stop for a few minutes in the square to admire all the beauties that surround it from the outside and take some photos, because in the afternoon you will return to visit them all at their best. For now, move to the nearby La Locanda del Porto restaurant and enjoy a good lunch!
Afternoon: as anticipated, once lunch is over, reach Piazza Duomo again and this time calmly enter to visit the attractions there, then the Cathedral, the Portico of the Knights Templar and the Provincial Archaeological Museum. Then move to the Roman Columns, which will not take you long, admire them, photograph them and finally enter to discover the S. Faldetta Archaeological Collection, always located there in the same area.
When it's time for dinner, we recommend the Don Angus restaurant to recover all your energy with a nice grilled meat!
One day itinerary at a glance
- Breakfast at Bar Chiosco Dell'Aglio - Get directions
- Bastione Carlo V and Bastione San Giacomo - opening hours: from 10:00 to 13:00 and from 18:00 to 21:00 - ticket price: free
- San Pietro degli Schiavoni - opening hours: from 8.30 to 13.30 - ticket price: free
- Piazza Duomo - opening hours: always open - ticket price: free
- Lunch at Locanda del Porto - Get directions
- Brindisi Cathedral - opening hours: always open - ticket price: free
- Portico of the Knights Templar and Provincial Archaeological Museum - opening hours: from Tuesday to Saturday from 9:30 to 13:30 and on Tuesday also open in the afternoon from 15:30 to 18:30 - ticket price: € 5,00
- Roman Columns and S. Faldetta Archaeological Collection - opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 to 13:00 and from 18:00 to 21:00 - ticket price: free
- Dinner at Don Angus - Get directions
Where to eat in Brindisi: the best restaurants
- Locanda del Porto: typical Apulian cuisine of both sea and land with local ingredients at km 0
Average price per person: € 17,00
Address and contacts: Via Montenegro, 20 - Get directions / tel: 0831 568181
- Don Angus: meat cuisine, especially Angus, specializing in grilled main courses accompanied by alternative side dishes
Average price per person: € 22,00
Address and contacts: Vicolo Guerrieri, 7 - Get directions / tel: 0831 528968
- Acquapazza: always fresh fish-based menu with Mediterranean recipes and enriched with creative salads
Average price per person: € 30,00
Address and contacts: Piazza Dante, 5 - Get directions / tel: 0831 529680
What to do in the evening: the nightlife areas and the best clubs in Brindisi
In terms of nightlife Brindisi has a varied offer able to satisfy everyone's tastes which is mostly divided between the historic center and the port area. Whether you are a lover of Latin dances, music until dawn, alternative musical genres or simply quiet evenings sipping a good drink, you will surely find what is right for you.
The best pubs, clubs and discos
- Ids Club: disco for all tastes with Latin, group and couple dances in the early evening and house and dance music to follow throughout the night
Address: Contrada Costa Morena, 39 - Get directions / Facebook page
- Gambrinus Sound Drinks: evening club with a selection of music of various genres such as jazz, blues, swing, rock, reggae, techno and other music on request
Address: Via Santa Caterina, 10 - Get directions / Facebook page
- The Baguetteria del Corso: lounge bar with excellent alternative cocktails, soft musical entertainment and menu focused on baguettes
Address: Corso Giuseppe Garibaldi, 95 - Get directions / Facebook page
Plan your stay in Brindisi: info and useful tips
- Brindisi is just 6 km from Salento Airport to which it is connected by several buses and taxis (Flights to Brindisi from € 29,00). From Taranto and Bari, on the other hand, it is possible to arrive by train in just over an hour thanks to the multiple daily connections. From Bari there are also 3 buses a day to Brindisi with a journey time of about an hour and a half. For those traveling by car, Brindisi is located at the point where various state roads such as 16, 613, 7 and 379 converge
- Getting around: the historic center of Brindisi and its immediate surroundings can be easily visited on foot as it is all concentrated in one area
- Where to park: there are several car parks around the historic center among which we point out the Porta Napoli Parking (Get directions), for a fee but with moderate prices, the Adriatica parking (Get directions) even more central but slightly more expensive and the parking areas free in Via del Mare (Get directions) and Via Spalato (Get directions), the latter a bit out of the way but with a better chance of finding a place
- Hotel and b & b starting from € 35,00 per room -
- What to see in the surroundings: in the surroundings of Brindisi we absolutely recommend you to visit the elegant Ostuni called "the white city" 35 minutes away by car (Get directions), the beautiful Lecce at 30 minutes (Get directions), the historic and archaeological village Carovigno to another 30 minutes (Get directions) and finally the Fasano zoosafari 40 minutes (Get directions)