Brindisi, located off the coast of the Adriatic sea, is a city of roughly 90,000 people. Due to its location, it was a major port for trade with Greece and the Middle East.
It was my first time visiting Italy and I seriously had no idea what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised to discover an old city which conserved many of its historical heritage. You could stroll down the quiet old streets and find a castle built in the 15th century, not far from a cathedral from the 11th century, which is located next to Roman columns from around 300BC.
One of the most important cities during the Roman era, Brindisi suffered various invasions from different European empires. I gained back its popularity during the Middle-Ages when it became an important port for the Crusades.
Fun fact: Between September 1943 and February 1944, the city functioned as the temporary capital of Italy.
It was definitely a city that surprised me in a good way and I thank “Brindisi is my destination” for the great opportunity to visit this region (as well as a trip to Corfu in Greece).
I leave you with some of the shots I took during my visit. Enjoy.
The harbor was filled with sailboats waiting to participate in a race from Brindisi to Corfu. The monument in the background is the “Sailor’s Monument”. The above panorama was taken from up there.
The ‘Empire Fountain’, lying at the foot of piazza Santa Teresa and facing the harbor.
A part of an old fort in the heart of the city.
A lone fisherman on its way to the harbor.
An old vintage car in front of the Masseria Il Frantoio near Ostuni in the province of Brindisi. The car still functions and is used to give small tours in the area.
The cozy interior of the Masseria Il Frantoio. This old farm was transformed into a B&B by a very passionate couple. A great place to stay and unwind.
A wide variety of organic products from olive oil to beauty products are sold at the Masseria. I loved the basement with its old tools and beautiful light ;)
The ‘Ecological Suitcase’: A beautiful hand-crafted wooden suitcase that contains trinkets used to tell the story of the “Torre Guaceto” natural reserve near Brindisi. It was one of the most interesting and creative storytelling experiences.
An old fort that is the only man-made structure standing at the natural reserve. The fort was used as a tower to watch for invaders arriving from the sea.
Olive trees are everywhere in the region and are an important part of the economy in Brindisi. These trees were more than 500 years old.
A small shop in Ostuni, also known as the “White City”, near Brindisi.
Food was of course an important part of our trip. I have not tasted such incredible fresh good food for a long time during my travels (and expat life). This above was a plate of Bruschetta.
A dish from the Masseria. Green beans fricassee with goat cheese served in a basket of sheep cheese. Incredibly delicious (and I’m not a huge fan of green beans).
Our 1-week visit ended with a little trip to Corfu in Greece. Here are the mountains of Corfu appearing in the morning after a long ferry ride.
Of course, I can’t avoid capturing sunsets. This was the best one I have seen so far since I’ve moved to Europe a couple of months ago. Captured from on board the ferry to Corfu, before we leave Brindisi.
And when you can’t capture the sunset, because the sun is setting right behind the boat? You wait a little longer and you capture the warm light against the dark blue waves.