Brindisi

Medieval hidden treasures
A gateway to Puglia beauties
An oriental flavour

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Brindisi/Lecce

The Eastern-facing port

Once a bridging point for crusading knights and now a not to be missed stop in any Mediterranean cruisesBrindisi 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. Pretty compact and not particularly brimming with ancient monuments, the old town nevertheless has a pleasant, almost oriental flavour about it, and 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.
 
Ostuni, 40 km northwest of Brindisi, is known as “the white city” and is one of southern Italy’s most stunning small towns. Situated on three hills at the southernmost edge of Le Murge, it was an important Greco-Roman city in the first century AD. The old centre spreads across the highest of the hills, a gleaming white splash of sun-bleached streets and cobbled alleyways dominating the plains below. 

Must see places in Brindisi

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  • BRINDISI CITY SIGHTSEEING

    CITY TOUR

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    Step off the ship, get comfy on the coach and get set to enjoy half a day in the leisurely pursuit of viewing the best of Brindisi, whose origins stretch back to the 16th century B.C.. A short drive from the city will see you reach your first stop, the 13th-century Church of Santa Maria del Casale. The imposing grey-and-yellow exterior gives way to 14th-century frescoes on the interior. On returning to Brindisi after the visit, you’ll be dropped off in the old part of town at the remaining Roman column of the Appian Way, from where you’ll continue on foot. You’ll then head for the originally 12th-century Romanesque cathedral, followed by the 12th-century Church of San Giovanni al Sepolcro, noted for its circular plan. Next up is San Pietro degli Schiavoni, where a fascinating complex of Roman archaeological remains awaits you. The ancient site is overlooked by the Teatro Verdi, a modern building inaugurated in 2006. You’ll also have some free time to spend in the newer part of town, after which the tour ends with your return to the ship. Please note: guests using a wheelchair can take part, but should be aware that they need to negotiate a few steps at the church entrance. A helper to get on/off the coach must accompany wheelchair guests. Wheelchairs must be foldable, as the coach has no ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements. Conservative attire recommended for visiting sites of religious importance.
      • Duration
        4 h

      • Adults£39.00Price per person

      • Children£29.00Price per person

    • LECCE SIGHTSEEING TOUR

      CITY TOUR

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      A 40-minute coach ride to the south of Brindisi will take you to a place that is often called "the Florence of the south", the lovely old Puglian town of Lecce, which was influenced and shaped by periods of Roman, Greek, Ostrogoth and Norman rule. Celebrated both for its more than 2,000-year history and a wealth of Baroque-style buildings, Lecce is well worth exploring, which this enjoyable sightseeing tour gives you a chance to do in the best way possible: on foot. From the beautiful Piazza S. Oronzo - the heart of the city - and the impressive Roman Amphitheatre, you will pass the Church of the Holy Cross, which took a staggering 345 years to build and finally completed in 1695. Next on the list, the mid-16th-century Castle of Charles V, right up to the Baroque-style Celestines’ Convent and the magnificent Piazza del Duomo in the town centre, Lecce rewards visitors with lovely views and vistas by the score. Do take your camera and make lasting memories to show the folks at home. After your guided tour, there will still be some time for you to stroll around or to do some shopping before beginning your pleasant return journey back to the port through the appealing Puglian countryside. Please note: guests using a wheelchair can take part, but should be aware that they need to negotiate a few steps at the church entrance. Conservative attire recommended for visiting sites of religious importance. A Helper to get on/off the coach must accompany wheelchair guests. Wheelchairs must be foldable, as the coach has no ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.
        • Duration
          4 h

        • Adults£49.00Price per person

        • Children£35.00Price per person

      • Ostuni the white town by the Sea

        CITY TOUR

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        Leave the port with a local guide and drive along the highway to Ostuni, “the white lady” stands on three hills in the area of Murge. It was an important Greek – Roman city in the first century AD. The picturesque medieval village with its white houses with winding streets and cobbled alleyways dominates the plains below. The brightness of its whitewashed houses sets against the pink-tinged brown of its main monuments. Bits of baroque twist out of unexpected places, including the obelisk, 21 m high, devoted to Sant’Oronzo. Its own cathedral is the most eloquent expression of the importance of this town. It has an important façade in late gothic style belonging to XV century. Visitors will be captured by Delia’s story, a woman who died 25.000 years ago. She was pregnant when she died and her skeleton together with her phoetus was discovered in Ostuni in 1991. A particular mix of characteristics makes Ostuni the most typical example of Apulian town architecture. The tour includes a visit to a typical oil mill with a tasting session of olive oil. Please note: conservative attire recommended for visiting sites of religious importance. A helper to get on/off the coach must accompany wheelchair guests. Wheelchairs must be foldable, as the coach has no ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.
        • Possibility of swimming

        • Limited seats

        • Active excursions recommended only for guests in good physical health

          Difficulty Level
          Strenuous

        • Duration
          4:30 h

        • Adults£42.00Price per person

        • Children£32.00Price per person

      • Alberobello

        CULTURE AND HISTORY

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        Leave the port of Brindisi for a scenic 1-hour coach ride through the Italian countryside to Alberobello, a town in the Apulia region that forms the top of the “heel” of the boot of Italy. Thanks to its distinctive mortarless round stone houses with conical roofs, known as “trulli”, the town was added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites in 1996. Your tour includes a guided walk through the delightful streets of this most unusual village – plus a visit to St. Antonio, the only “trullo” church in the world. Many of these “trullo” houses are topped by a so-called “pinnacolo” – a sort of white cap or sphere – and all of them have curious symbols, possibly good-luck charms, painted on the roofs. You will return to the port. Please note: this tour is not suitable for guests using a wheelchair.
          • Duration
            4 h

          • Adults£45.00Price per person

          • Children£35.00Price per person

        The excursions in the programme above are intended to provide MSC Cruises guests with an idea of the different tours which can be arranged in each port of call; this programme is merely a guide and confirmation of each excursion and its description and prices will be made during your cruise. 
        Shore excursions programmes and itineraries may vary depending on local conditions and/or any unforeseen events in relation to the timing on the day of the tour.
         
        Some excursions are very popular and therefore availability cannot always be guaranteed, it is advisable to book in advance to avoid disappointment. The guides are guaranteed in English. Only for South America cruises, the guides are guaranteed in Brazilian Portuguese. Narration in other languages depends on the availability of guides. Please note that the final language of the tour will be confirmed on board during the cruise.

        Reach the port

        Port of Brindisi

        This section contains information on how to reach the port.

        Cruise Terminal:

        Costa Morena Est  - The ship will dock at "porto esterno" - but all embarkation and disembarkation will happen by shuttle bus that lead passengers to main cruise terminal located in "porto interno".
        For pre-check-in in Cruise Terminal "Piazzale di Via Spalato Varco Portuale Spalato"

        Reach the port by

        • Car

          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 2 km, turn right at the sign marked “ Seno di Levante“, Via Spalato gate.
          Car

          Parking information

          PARKING & TOUR
           
          Contrada Costa Morena , 39 
          72100 Brindisi c/o Brindisi Terminal
           
          Tel. +39 3920580913
           
          E-mail: info@parkingtour.it
           
           
          • Valet service 
          • Outdoor/Indoor Parking
          Book your parking with MSC

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          VEHICLE DAYS RATES
          Car 8 € 70
          Suv 8 € 70
          Minivan 8 € 70
        • Train

          The railway station is in the centre of town and within walking distance of the Cruise Terminal (10 mins).
          Train
        • Plane

          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.
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        Italy

        History, gastronomy and fashion
        History, gastronomy and fashion

        A cruise to Italy is an emotional roller coaster. Rome is a tremendous city quite unlike any other, and in terms of historical sights outstrips everywhere else in the country by some way.
         
        Liguria, the small coastal province along the north-west coast, has long been known as the “Italian Riviera” and is accordingly crowded with sun-seekers for much of the summer.
        In Veneto the main focus of interest is, of course, Venice: a unique city, and every bit as beautiful as its reputation would suggest. Tuscany in central Italy represents perhaps the most commonly perceived image of the country, with its classic rolling countryside and the art-packed towns of Florence and Pisa.

        The south proper begins with the region of Campania. Its capital, Naples, is a unique, unforgettable city, the spiritual heart of the Italian south. Puglia, the “heel” of Italy, has underrated pleasures, too, notably the landscape of its Gargano peninsula and the souk-like qualities of its capital, Bari.

        As for Sicily, the island is really a place apart, with a wide mixture of attractions ranging from some of the finest preserved Hellenistic treasures in Europe, to a couple of Italy’s most appealing Mediterranean beach resorts in Taormina and Cefalù, not to mention some gorgeous upland scenery.