GUIDED TOURS BRINDISI ITALY: THE VIA APPIA IN THE HEART OF THE OLD CITY CENTRE – BOAT TOUR
TOUR DURATION: FULL DAY TOUR
GUIDED TOURS BRINDISI DESCRIPTION
The city of Brindisi always had a crucial importance in the Mediterranean all over the centuries first of all for the shape of its seaport: a natural inlet protecting from the enemies attacks. Indeed the foundation was accomplished by the Messapians and the first name of the city comes from their language: Brunda meaning deer’s horns like the port’s shape.
Also for its position, Brindisi was a significant transit point between the Occidental world and the Oriental one especially from commercial and religious intents. We will start our visit from the staircase down to the Roman column, right in front of the internal inlet in order to have a general overview on the whole city. Going up to the monumental staircase an inscription will shows you the Virgil’s house: the famous poet stayed and died here around 19 b.C. Later on we will discover the main square of the city centre with the St. John the Baptist’s Cathedral dating back to the 12th – 18th century, the Balsamo lodge, the Bishop Palace and the former Seminary of the 13th century and the Templar Knights Portico, a beautiful porch dating back to the 14th century: following a survey of an important archaeological site, here it’s also possible to visit today the Archaeological Museum showing evidences from the Prehistory to the Messapian and the Roman period. Next stop will be the Temple of Saint John Sepulchre (11th -12th century), the New Theatre (subject to availability) and the Granafei Nervegna Palace belonging to the St Pietro degli Schiavoni Archaeological Area, a major one for the comprehension of Brindisi roman period to the 16th century. We will end up our visit with the St. Benedict’s monastery: it was realized in the 11th century and it is one of the most interesting monuments in the city in particular for its internal cloister, characterized by a harmonious alternation of columns with vegetable decorations and frescoes on the walls (subject to availability). In the afternoon, right after lunch (on your own or in a recommended restaurant) we will move to the boarding point for an enchanting boat tour around the internal port of the city.