Brindisi Holidays

An Italian region with charm

Brindisi is where the ancient Roman road the Via Appia ends, and fun, history-filled, foodie holidays begin. By the glittering Adriatic in Puglia, on the heel of Italy’s boot, Brindisi holidays reveal traces of its ancient past, and the joy of age-old traditions. Evocative remnants of Brindisi’s ancient glory can still be seen, including the bright-white column marking the end of the Via Appia. Entertainment comes in the form of bewitching tarantella music and dancing, which folklore associates with the bite of the tarantula.

Food lovers will be in heaven on holidays to Brindisi – alongside tasty ham and fat olives, local specialties include ‘caciocavello’ cheese and fava beans. Flavourful ‘orecchiette al cime di rapa’ is a long-standing feature on trattoria menus here, and custard-filled ‘pasticciotti leccesi’ can be picked up at all the best bakeries. Sitting close, also within Brindisi province, is the whitewashed, much-photographed city Ostuni, and glorious Lecce, nicknamed the ‘Florence of the South’ thanks to its glorious Baroque architecture. Both are popular day-trip destinations.

Fasano and Cisternino, are other beautiful towns in the region, home to winding alleys and traditional restaurants – but a little more off the beaten track. For a holiday filled with rustic charm and ancient history, served up with a side of delicious Italian cooking, look no further than Brindisi.

All resorts in Brindisi

Three tips for a top trip

Jump on a train

Getting around by train is easy – head to the Baroque beauty of Lecce or majestic seaside fortress town of Taranto, on the opposite side of Puglia’s heel.

Get lost for a bit

Brindisi’s winding, Vespa-filled streets are completely charming, and admiring its quaint houses, where floral baskets and laundry hang outside, offers a glimpse into the real Italy.

Visit Fasano

The celebrations in the run-up to Easter in nearby Fasano are particularly interesting, and include a life-size puppet of an old lady being paraded through the town.

Best attractions to see in Brindisi

The spectacular temple

Tempio di San Giovanni al Sepolcro is a striking, circular 11th-century temple. Look for richly-decorated reliefs of the Knights Templar, and tiles illustrated with animal designs.

The Duomo

The city’s original cathedral, dating from the 11th century, may have been destroyed by an earthquake, but this 18th-century reproduction still houses original Romanesque mosaics.

Ostuni

The maze-like alleys and whitewashed old town are made to be photographed, and it’s a great place to pick up chic souvenirs, such as gorgeous lacquered ceramics.

Your Brindisi questions, answered

Before you get to the pasticciotti leccesi – custard-filled pies – be sure to try the locally grown artichokes. Handpicked and officially marked ‘Artichoke Brindisi PGI’, they are top-quality Italian produce.
Despite the Lombards trying to destroy it, Brindisi has outlived the Greeks, Romans, Ostrogoths, Byzantines and Normans. Elements from each era’s architecture can be seen today.
From May through to early October is when to go. Sun worshipers should book for June, July, or August. Temperatures regularly rise to 30°C, and the sea will be a very inviting 25°C. Brindisi has less than four days of rain during the summer and, even then, showers are light. Temperatures cool off during September and October, falling to 22/27°C. But skies are still clear, and the sea is still warm. And with most of the tourists gone for the season, you'll have lots of extra room on the beach.
La Nzegna, the colourful and skillful flag-waving ceremony that dates back to 1100, is held in Carovigno every year for a few days just after Easter.
Brindisi rests on the Italian Peninsula, forming a natural port to the Adriatic City. Known as the Gateway to the East, it played an important role in trade between Italy, Greece, and the Middle East. Brindisi is still an active trading and transport hub, which gives this small city a lively feel. It is also famous for its beautiful beaches, stunning summers, warm seas, and historical castles overlooking the coastline. Away from the port, visitors can stroll cobblestone streets lined with cafes, restaurants, and market stalls selling fresh fruit and seafood.
Torre Guaceto is an idyllic stretch of sea and sand. It runs for several kilometres, which means you can always find a relaxing spot, even during the busy tourist season. The beach is also a marine and nature reserve. Take a snorkel to see the coral reefs, which were only discovered two years ago, or lie back next to one of the giant dunes and watch the fishing boats drifting across the horizon. Azzurro Beach is a 20-minute drive from Brindisi. You'll find golden sands, a warm sea, and plenty of bars and cafes within walking distance.
Brindisi is about an hours drive from Bari, the capital of the Puglia region. You can also get there by train. It takes around 90 minutes, and you'll see lots of beautiful countryside and coastline scenery along the way. Bari is a gorgeous port town with a bustling harbour, an old town to explore, and family-run restaurants serving authentic Italian dishes. Bari is a popular weekend destination for Italian foodies and a mecca for seafood lovers. Expect mussels cooked in a creamy sauce, the biggest prawns you've ever seen, and plates of fried octopus served with fresh lemon.
In summer, seven days is enough to soak up everything Brindisi has to offer. You can see all the local sights, sample the cuisine, and spend more than a few days lazing on the beach. And you'll still have a couple of days spare to enjoy some roads trips to the surrounding towns and villages. A long weekend won’t give you enough time to truly appreciate Brindisi, especially during its glorious springs and summers. Stay longer than ten days and you may start running out of things to see or new restaurants to discover.
Brindisi is a quaint port city best suited to more mature travellers or couples looking for a romantic getaway. It's a place for quiet beach days, gentle strolls through the town, and al-fresco dining in the evenings. But there are some family-friendly hotels with amenities for kids, like swimming pools and games areas. You can also spend a day at the Carrisiland Resort. This fun-packed water park is only a 20-minute drive from central Brindisi. There's also a theme park with roller coaster rides, a Wild West town, and a Flinstone village. Or you can visit the park zoo with its exotic animals.