Brindisi – the Ugliest City in Southern Italy (According to the Italians)
Is really Brindisi the ugliest city in Southern Italy, as the Italians say? Let’s walk the streets of Brindisi together to see by ourselves!
It was several years ago when, on the way from France to Greece, we arrived in Brindisi. That same night, we were taking the ferry to Igoumenitsa. It was an early afternoon in July and one of our friends had a birthday. We parked the car and walked the streets that led us to a sort of maze.
The Hidden Charm of Brindisi
I loved this maze! Each of its corners was different and each one of the buildings unique in its own way. Modern design was sleeping in the same bed (aka the same street) with the classic Roman architecture. The old cathedral that was occupying the square was facing a line of houses whose terraces were hidden behind fabric blinds, moved from time to time by the lazy breeze. The town was dormant.
The summer heat was overwhelming and we were the only people on the streets. It was surreal – it was for the first time I walked the streets of a populated city that at that moment looked like the lost city of Pompeii. The only difference was that buildings were more recent and you could see signs of the modern world – ships docked at the port and cars parked under the trees.
The Historical Importance of Brindisi
At first glance, Brindisi doesn’t look like a special place. But walking the narrow streets of the old town where the facades of the buildings surprises with architectural variety and colours, makes you realize that there is something more than just an architecture here. There’s a long-passed grandeur.
An Important Port
Settled on the coast of the Adriatic Sea, Brindisi is an important port for those travelling to Greece and further. And it has been the most important port for the Roman Empire too.
Strategically situated at the bottom of the Italian peninsula, the city had an important role in the Italian history. Brindisi was created before the Roman times; it was an ancient Greek settlement.
Now, from Brindisi, you can take a ferry to reach several of the Greek islands, Turkey and Albania.
The Most Interesting in Brindisi
Piazza del Duomo
At Piazza del Duomo you will find the Cathedral of Brindisi, also called Basilica della Visitazione e San Giovanni Battista. It is consecrated by the pope in 1089.
Tempio di San Giovanni al Sepolcro
This is a very interesting church. Its history is connected with the Templars Knights and later on with the Knights Hospitaller. Its design is in memory of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem.
The circular walls of this small church are permeated with the sense of middle ages.
Temple of St Jonh Sepulchre
Best gelato in town
Unfortunately, I was in Brindisi many years ago and cannot remember the name of the place where we had the best ice cream for the whole summer!
I just remember it was somewhere along the waterfront. Just ask the local people – they will tell you where you can find this Italian deliciousness in Brindisi.
Day trips from Brindisi
At short distances from Brindisi, you will find the Alberobello where you can see the famous trulli of Puglia; Lecce, known as “the Florence of the South”; Ostuni, the Puglia’s White City heavily inhabited now by British expatriates; and Bari, the urban capital of the region, that offers abundant nightlife and lively environment. Along the coast from Brindisi to Bari, you will find some of the most beautiful beaches of Southeast Italy.
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