BRINDISI
Its Port, “Gateway to the East”, and the Itria Valley
THE PORT OF BRINDISI AS MONUMENT AND CULTURE OF PEACE MESSENGER SITE (UNESCO RECOGNITION 2010) MURGIA DEI TRULLI AND ITRIA VALLEY (UNESCO NOMINATION 2013)

At the time of the Roman Empire, Brindisi was considered the most important port to reach Greece and the East. This is proved by the existence of the Appian Way, which connects Rome to Brindisi, ending in front of the port, close to the Roman Columns and the Virgil’s Staircase. UNESCO recognized the port of Brindisi as monument and culture of peace messenger site on the 29th of January 2010. Brindisi has always played an important role as meeting place between the East and the West; its port has always been considered a safe harbor for travelers and a point of departure for further journeys. And in fact the historical, artistic and human heritage of the city has always highlighted its vocation as peaceful and welcoming place. Itria Valley is a portion of the territory, an extended hill characterized by the sequence of depressions, hillocks and gentle undulating karst roads; it is the heart of the area called Murgia dei Trulli. This is the Trulli valley par excellence, the area with the highest concentration of Trulli scattered everywhere: an enchanting scenery, a unique and imaginative landscape. Trulli are ancient and mysterious drywall constructions, typical of the region of Puglia. They were originally thought as temporary shelters for shepherds and depots for agricultural equipment, but later they were transformed into permanent dwellings by farmers and elected architectural symbol of the “rural civilization” by scholars. Today, they are used above all as holiday houses and tourist accommodation: silent and peaceful places but at the same time not so far from the ancient villages animated by cultural events.

SURROUNDINGS

The Natural reserve of Torre Guaceto, Ostuni (the White Town), the Park of the coastal dunes, Itria Valley, Ceglie Messapica, Savelletri di Fasano, San Vito dei Normanni.

MAIN CONNECTIONS

Salento airport (Brindisi, Casale), Bari airport, Port of Costa morena, Brindisi (daily connections with Greece and Albania), Port of Bari.

PROMOBRINDISI

Special Agency of the Chamber of Commerce of Brindisi

Tel: +39 0831 562994
Email: segreteria@promobrindisi.com
Web: www.promobrindisi.com

PROPOSED
ROUTE

DAY 1

Arrival in Brindisi early in the afternoon. Hotel check-in, visit to the city centre and dinner in one of the typical restaurants of the town.

DAY 2

Guided tour of the Itria Valley and its typical landscape: you’ll follow the typical country paths characterized by dry stone walls that run along the paths that are surrounded by “trulli”, manor farms, ancient millstones, olive groves, vineyards and cultivated fields. Then you’ll visit one of the typical educational manor farms. In the afternoon, you’ll enjoy Torre Guaceto, a natural reserve and Italian marine protected area and the hiking tour in the natural reserve: you’ll experience its pristine nature, hidden bays and crystal clear sea water.

DAY 3

Boat guided tour of the inner port (a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Culture and Peace Monument) and its monuments. The Castello Alfonsino, the typical fishermen village, the monument dedicated to the Marinaio d'Italia (one of the historic symbols of the town) and the Castello Svevo can all be admired from the boat. It is also possible to visit a few of the above mentioned monuments; guided tours are organized. During the afternoon, you’ll travel to Ostuni and visit the famous “Città Bianca”.

DAY 4

Hotel check-out and journey back to your home town.