Day 5: Brindisi, Italy
The ship arrives at Brindisi port at 16:00 and departs at 22:00
The Italian port town of Brindisi boasts a characterful ancient centre, home to a vast array of treasures.
Sites such as the 11th-century Duomo and Alfonsino Castle are architectural jewels just waiting to be discovered. The perfect starting point for visiting other destinations, namely Lecce, Ostuni, and Alberobello, Brindisi delivers culture, colour and Italian romance along its palm-fringed streets and seafront promenade.
Discover beautiful Lecce, not far from Brindisi. Affectionately named 'the Florence of the South', the town is known for its amazing feats of Baroque architecture. Take in the vibrant Piazza St. Oronzo, the ancient Roman Amphitheatre, the richly decorated Church of the Holy Cross, and the ornate Celestine Convent. Explore Lecce's labyrinth of charming streets before learning about papier-mâché, a local art.
Take an excursion to the enchanting whitewashed town of Ostuni, a short distance from Brindisi. Its picturesque medieval centre overlooks an endless expanse of olive trees in the glorious Itria Valley. Discover brilliant white houses along winding pebbled paths and the 15th-century Ostuni Cathedral with its Gothic style architecture. Then, partake in a delicious olive oil tasting session in a traditional mill before a relaxing drive back to the port.
Enrich your travel experience with an excursion to charming Alberobello. Forming the famous 'heel' of Italy's boot, the town is resplendent with hundreds of iconic stone houses. Known as 'trulli', these historical dwellings are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Tour the streets to see their conical roofs, whitewashed walls, pretty pot plants, and trailing vines. Visit the trullo church of Sant Antonio and discover the fascinating history behind Alberobello’s magical architecture. Learn about the curious symbols painted on the roofs before returning to port through the countryside.