The port city of Brindisi, which lies on the Adriatic sea, in the Apulia region of Italy, is a town that grows on you with time.  One doesn’t fall immediately in love with the place.  As a matter of fact, one might be put off at first glance.  The city has certainly seen better times.  Legend has it that the place was founded by Diomedes.  Since then, the city has seen invasions, wars, earthquakes, plagues, and countless other disasters.  But, it is still here.  And it is beautiful, in it’s own unique way.

While Brindisi is normally a city that tourists pass through rather quickly, to catch a boat to Greece or some other destination, I decided to settle down there for a few days and to give myself a chance to really explore the city.  I am glad that I did!

I booked myself a room at a B&B called “Penthouse Station”, which, as you might guess, was located just half a block away from the Brindisi Train Station.  IMG_0508IMG_0512The room was quite spacious.  I had a large living/sitting room, as well as a bedroom, and a terrace that was incredible!IMG_0513This was a perfect location to stay at, as it was only a five minute walk to Corso Umberto, which was one of the city’s main streets.IMG_0649IMG_0524IMG_0651IMG_0529IMG_0532IMG_0533The city has a rich past, and there is evidence of it everywhere that you look.  At the same time, you also see how run down it has become,  yet all the while maintaining it’s charm, and beauty.  IMG_0534IMG_0536IMG_0537IMG_0540Corso Umberto runs into Corso Garibaldi, which if you follow it all of the way to the waterfront, leads into Piazza V. Emanuele.  IMG_0545IMG_0547IMG_0552IMG_0555IMG_0561From here, it’s possible to stroll along the Lungomare.  IMG_0567IMG_0569IMG_0577IMG_0656IMG_0573Betty Cafe is a great place for a bite to eat, or simply for a drink. IMG_0578The column standing at the top of the stairs marks the end of the Via Appia, which connects Brindisi with Roma.  There used to be two columns here, but one was taken to the nearby city of Lecce.  IMG_0669IMG_0591IMG_0653IMG_0659The Collezione Archeologica Faldetta is a small museum located along the Lungomare, right at the base of the steps, (known as the Virgil staircase – he died at the site of the house with the plaque on it in  the year 19 BC, in this very piazza) which lead up to the roman column.  The museum hosts the collection of Salvatore Faldetta, whose passion for antiquities is evident by the richness of the items on display here.  There is also a stairway inside, which leads you to the roof for a panoramic view.  IMG_0664IMG_0672IMG_0673IMG_0676IMG_0603IMG_0687IMG_0688The statues on the top of this building moved me immensely, their iron bands protecting, and restraining  them as they ride through the centuries that assault their home.  IMG_0689IMG_0694IMG_0695IMG_0699IMG_0707IMG_0710IMG_0711IMG_0714


Next up: More from Brindisi.


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