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

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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

    • Adult price starting from45Price per person

    • Child price starting from 32Price per person

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    Get your fill of the wonderful Apulian city of Brindisi, whose origins date right back to the 16th century B.C., from the comfort of a modern coach on this leisurely sightseeing tour. First up is the Gothic-Romanesque-style Church of Santa Maria del Casale, a somewhat monolithic building of late 13th-century construction with a striking façade of grey and yellow stones that is situated a short drive from the city. After some time to view the interior, complete with 14th-century frescoes, your coach returns to the city to drop you off in the old town, which you will then have a chance to explore on foot. Your starting point will be the columns of the Appian Way that head a staircase which in turn leads to Brindisi’s 12th-century Romanesque cathedral – the place where both King Ruggero II and his son, Frederick II, got married. As you continue your walk down the main street of the old town, further stops will be made at the gorgeous Church of San Giovanni al Sepolcro, which was constructed in the 1100s and features a circular plan, as well as at the San Pietro degli Schiavoni Roman archaeological excavations, which continue to remind visitors of the past – all the while overlooked by the modernist architecture of the Teatro Verdi, which was inaugurated only in December 2006. After some free time to explore the modern part of the city, the tour concludes with your return to the ship. Please note: guests using a wheelchair can take part, but should be aware that a few steps will be encountered at the church entrance. Guests using a wheelchair are advised that they must be accompanied by a paying helper to provide assistance with getting on and off the coach and that wheelchairs must be collapsible/foldable since the coach has neither a ramp nor a lift. Guests using a wheelchair who would like to participate in this tour are requested to contact the Shore Excursions’ Desk promptly once they are on board so that arrangements can be made. Conservative attire recommended for visiting sites of religious importance.
  • LECCE SIGHTSEEING 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

    • Adult price starting from55Price per person

    • Child price starting from 39Price per person

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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 Apulian 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 in the heart of the city and the impressive Roman Amphitheatre, through the Church of the Holy Cross, which took a staggering 345 years to build and was finally completed in 1695, and 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 are advised that they must be accompanied by a paying helper to provide assistance with getting on and off the coach and that wheelchairs must be collapsible/foldable since the coach has neither a ramp nor a lift. Guests using a wheelchair who would like to participate in this tour are requested to contact the Shore Excursions’ Desk promptly once they are on board so that arrangements can be made. Conservative attire recommended for visiting sites of religious importance.
  • 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

    • Adult price starting from49Price per person

    • Child price starting from 35Price per person

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    Ostuni, the white town by the sea
  • Alberobello

    CULTURE AND HISTORY
      • Duration
        4 h

      • Adult price starting from52Price per person

      • Child price starting from 39Price per person

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      Alberobello
    • TRANSFER TO THE BEACH

      SEA & SUN
      • Shooting videos and/or taking pictures is not allowed or subject to fee

      • Shopping

      • Possibility of swimming

      • Best seller

      • Limited seats

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

        Difficulty Level
        Easy

      • Duration
        4 h

      • Adult price starting from19Price per person

      • Child price starting from 15Price per person

      BDS06

      Spend a few hours off the ship and enjoy the afternoon at one of best beaches in Puglia, only 30-minute drive from the port. Wear your swimsuit, pick up your sun protection and a towel, board your coach and reach one of the many beaches dotting the coastline, just next door of the protected area of Torre Guaceto Natural Park. You will have time to enjoy this natural area of white sand and clear water; soak up in the sun, take a dive into the sea, build sand castles with your children or simply enjoy the landscape. The coach drive to the port will end your beach experience. Please note: the beach is partly private and partly public. You may opt to stay on the public beach or to go to the private beach. Access to the private beach as well as possibility to rent sun chairs and umbrellas depend on daily availability. Guests shall walk 100 m. from the parking to the beach. This tour is subject to weather conditions, is not recommended for guests using a wheelchair and runs from June until September. You can book tis tour only during your cruise.
    • 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

      • Adult price starting from299Price per person

      • Child price starting from 299Price per person

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      CAR WITH GUIDE
    • 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

      • Adult price starting from369Price per person

      • Child price starting from 369Price per person

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      MINIVAN WITH GUIDE 3 - 6 PAX
    • ZOOSAFARI FASANOLANDIA

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

          Difficulty Level
          Moderate

        • Duration
          4 h

        • Adult price starting from42Price per person

        • Child price starting from 29Price per person

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        Situated a mere 40-minute coach ride from the port lies a very special destination that’s perfect for the entire family: the Zoosafari Fasanolandia safari and amusement park. Spread over a vast area on a hillside overlooking the sea, the park is home to around 3,000 animals of 200 different species. During your visit, you’ll be able to view and capture snapshots of such creatures as lions, giraffes, tigers, polar bears and even Italy’s only African elephant! And you’ll be able to roam the park both from the comfort of your coach and on foot in certain animal areas. The park’s attractions also include a tropical aquarium, a dinosaur museum and a troop of baboons, so there is no shortage of exciting things to do and discover. After approx. 2.5 hours at the park, your return to the ship brings this safari-centric tour to a close. Please note: as this tour includes walking on uneven ground, it is considered to be unsuitable for guests of limited mobility or using a wheelchair.

      The excursions in the programme 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.