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. The old town 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

Discover our excursions

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  • Brindisi City Sightseeing

    CITY TOUR
    • Wheelchair and disabled-friendly tour – Wheelchair guests must be accompanied by their own helper to get on/off the coach. Wheelchairs must be foldable as the coach is not provided with ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.

    • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Easy

    • Duration
      4 h

    • AdultsR789Price per person

    • ChildrenR562Price per person

    BDS02

    Brindisi City Sightseeing
  • Lecce Sightseing tour

    CITY TOUR
    • Wheelchair and disabled-friendly tour – Wheelchair guests must be accompanied by their own helper to get on/off the coach. Wheelchairs must be foldable as the coach is not provided with ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.

    • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Easy

    • Duration
      4 h

    • AdultsR965Price per person

    • ChildrenR685Price per person

    BDS03

    Lecce Sightseing tour
  • Ostuni, the white town by the sea

    CITY TOUR
    • Possibility of swimming

    • Limited seats

    • Active excursions recommended only for guests in good physical health

      Difficulty Level
      Strenuous

    • Duration
      4:30 h

    • AdultsR859Price per person

    • ChildrenR615Price per person

    BDS04

    Ostuni, the white town by the sea
  • Alberobello

    CULTURE AND HISTORY
      • Duration
        4 h

      • AdultsR912Price per person

      • ChildrenR685Price per person

      BDS01

      Alberobello
    • CAR WITH GUIDE

      SOMETHING SPECIAL
      • No guide available

      • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

        Difficulty Level
        Easy

      • Duration
        4 h

      • AdultsR5235Price per person

      • ChildrenR5235Price per person

      BDS33PV

      CAR WITH GUIDE
    • Fasano ZooSafari

      SOMETHING SPECIAL
        • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

          Difficulty Level
          Moderate

        • Duration
          4 h

        • AdultsR735Price per person

        • ChildrenR509Price per person

        BDS07

        Fasano ZooSafari
      • MINIVAN WITH GUIDE 3 - 6 PAX

        SOMETHING SPECIAL
        • No guide available

        • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

          Difficulty Level
          Easy

        • Duration
          4 h

        • AdultsR6459Price per person

        • ChildrenR6459Price per person

        BDS34PV

        MINIVAN WITH GUIDE 3 - 6 PAX

      The excursions in the programme above are intended to provide MSC Guests with an idea of the different tours that 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 programs 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
         
        Terminal Brindisi Costa Morena
         
        Tel. +39 339 4820003
         
        Book your parking with MSC

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        VEHICLE DAYS RATES
        Car 8 € 80,00
        Suv 8 € 120,00
        Minivan 8 € 120,00
      • 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.
        Plane

      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.