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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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
  • 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.