Fly To Brindisi, Italy
In the days of the Roman Empire, the quaint city of Brindisi marked the end of famous ‘Via Appia’ and the point from which travellers, traders, soldiers, and pilgrims headed to the Eastern provinces and Greece.
Today, Brindisi is a busy ferry and fishing port town with significant industrial activity. Despite this, it retains a relaxed and charming atmosphere. The city’s natural harbour and strategic location has paved the way for a rich and varied history. Over the last two millennia, Greek, Roman, Saracen, Byzantine, Lombard, and Norman empires have made their mark on Brindisi. A visit to this city gives you a glimpse of all these great civilizations and also the chance to relax and soak up the sun.
Visa Requirements & SA Embassy Details
- South African passport holders travelling to Brindisi do need a Schengen Visa to enter Italy. Be sure to leave ample time for processing and ensure that your passport is valid for 6 months after your return date. Also make sure that you have 2 blank pages available for entry stamps.
- The nearest SA Honorary Consulate to Brindisi is in Bari, Italy. Morfini SRL, Via De Rossi 225, 72122, Bari. Phone: +39 080 524 0388.
See and do
Brindisi may be a small city by Italian standards, but there is still a lot to see and experience here, including:
Tempio di San Giovanni al Sepolcro: This church, whose name translates to Church of St. John in the Grave, is a prime example of Norman era architecture. Built in the circular plan that was so popular with the Knights Templar, it gives a rare insight into the one of the most interesting Western Christian military orders in the Middle Ages.
Santa Maria del Casale: Another beautiful church, the Chiesa di Santa Marie del Casale is just four kilometres from the airport. It was built by Prince Philip of Taranto in the beginning of the 14th century. The church’s architecture is a magnificent mix of Gothic, Byzantine, and Puglian Romanesque styles. The mostly-Byzantine interior frescoes are a sight to behold, especially that of the Last Judgment on the church’s entrance.
Museo Archeologico Provinciale Francesco Ribezzo: This huge museum is one of the biggest tourist attractions in Brindisi. Its exhibits cover several floors and include thousands of bronze sculptures and other treasures that date back to Hellenic Greece. Other gems in this measure include terracotta figurines made in the 7th century, Roman heads and statues, and other archaeological finds dug up from the seas around Brindisi.
Colonne Terminali della Via Appia: This beautiful white column is also simply called the ‘Roman Column’. It is the surviving part of a pair of columns that signalled the end of Via Appia Road. The column stands on top of white stairs, with a beautiful waterfront promenade around it.
Brindisi Salento Airport – BDS
Brindisi Salento Airport (code BDS) is roughly 2km from Brindisi’s town centre. It offers free Wi-Fi and various restaurants, cafes, and shops.
Lost Luggage: Lost hold luggage should be handled by your individual airline’s help desk. Report items lost or found within the airport terminal to Brindisi Airport lost & found on 39 0831 4117 406.
Airport Hotels: None on site. Hotel Minerva and Palazzo Virgilio are two great options within a few kilometres of the airport.
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