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5 good reasons to go to Brindisi
To see / do
Culture and history
As is often the case in Italy, the Duomo is the central square where the magnificent cathedral takes pride of place, and Brindisi is no exception. It is quite surprising to find a Roman style monument in a predominantly Baroque region, but it’s a place not to be missed during your visit of Brindisi.
This impressive memorial is dedicated to the sailors lost at sea during the two World Wars. Built like a rudder overlooking the port, it is possible to climb up it for a magnificent view over Brindisi’s harbour - but don't forget, this is a place of remembrance and around 36,000 names are engraved in the hull-shaped crypt.
Tiempo di San Giovanni al Sepolcro
This little gem was built in the Middle Ages to house and care for the knights, Templars and pilgrims who passed through Brindisi. Despite its modest size, it has some beautiful mural paintings inside and impressive marble columns, reminiscent of the architecture of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem.
This Aragonese fortress is in an ideal location, built on an island at the entrance to Brindisi harbour, and connected to the mainland by a jetty. It was constructed to protect the harbour, primarily from Ottoman attacks. The castle is still very well preserved, and contains a incredible labyrinth of ramparts, bastions and gangways that open onto the sea.
You will often hear the locals arranging to meet up on the corso, the main thoroughfare where all the shops and restaurants are located. In the evening, though, the walk along the Lungomare Regina Margherita takes over. With its splendid view over the old harbour, it’s the ideal place to go for dinner or some drinks.
This is undoubtedly the most interesting historical city in Puglia, and is easily accessible by car or train. Imagine a Roman amphitheatre surrounded by Baroque palaces. Admittedly, it’s not easy to find your way around, but you’ll love getting lost in its charming narrow streets, which Italy does best.
This fried bread with tomato and mozzarella is a Brindisi speciality, and is in fact a kind of mini sealed pizza, like calzone. The ingredients are very simple, but as is often the case in Italy, the result is delicious. Queue up at the Fritta di Ramanelli to try this typical Puglian dish.
Did you know that this delicious fresh cheese made from buffalo or cow’s milk is originally from Puglia? In the last few years it has become very popular in France, but its creamy flavour is incomparable when you try it locally. In addition, the best time to eat it is from May to August - perfect for the holiday season.
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