Crossing this historic and artistic itinerary, you can learn a lot about Brindisi’s history, discovering a city full of prestigious monuments and with more than twothousand years of important events.
Along this tour composed by fifteen stages, you could know a lot of curiosities and anecdotes about the greatest deeds of populations, nobles and important men like Federico II of Sweden or the poet Virgilio.
Dive in Brindisi’s memories and you will see how this small city can be rich of events that made the italian and mediterranean history.
The itinerary starts by the main square of the city centre , Piazza Vittoria, where is situated the Fontana De Torres (a fountain).
Leaving the square, you have to cross the main street until you will find a little climb that will lead you in another important street: Via Lata.
After a few metres you will find a churc, the Chiesa di Santa Lucia decorated by preciouses frescoes and equipped with an ancient crypt.
When you will be out of the Church, you have to follow the downhill that will take you in Corso Garibaldi.
Walking toward the sea, you will arrive in a green area (Giardinetti), where is situated the Monumento a Virgilio.
On the waterfront of the port of Brindisi you will find the Roman columns and the staircase Scalinata Virgiliana,symbol and trace of the importance of the city in roman epoch. The pleasure of walking on the quay of the port can be enjoyed by an ice cream, a glass of Wine or an aperitif in one of the bars on the waterfront.
Continue the walk and get to the steps of Piazzale Lenio Flaco that will lead you to Piazza Santa Teresa, ideal place to take beautiful panoramic photos of the port.
Leaving the church behind and walking along via De Leo, you will see the precious Church of St. Paolo: a meeting point between the peasant culture and the seafaring one.
The walk to the historic center of Brindisi continues among the ancient streets: Vico Bianchi, via Santa Barbara and then via San Benedetto. Right here rises the 11th century’s Abbey and the Church of St. Benedetto with its unmissable Romanesque cloister.
When you leave the Church, follow via Sant'Anna and then via Carmine and continue to via Filomeno Consiglio. At the beginning of this street rises the Chiesa degli Angeli (Church) erected in the first years of the fifteenth century by the patron saint Lorenzo da Brindisi, just where his childhood home stood.
Few metres farther, passed largo Angioli and arrived in via Lauro, on the right, enter in the little square that houses the Temple of St. Giovanni al Sepolcro, reproduction of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, a place rich in history and mysteries to be discovered.
Leaving the temple, head right, towards via Marco Pacuvio and take the Vicolo Schiavoni that leads you behind the new Teatro Verdi, the theatre suspended over the extraordinary archaeological Area of San Pietro degli Schiavoni of Roman age.
A few meters from the entrance to the theatre, you can admire the front of the prestigious Palazzo Nervegna, a noble residence that today houses the original capital of one of the Roman columns.
Along via Duomo, you arrive at the last stage of the itinerary: the Basilica of San Giovanni Battista, better known as Cathedral. Here are celebrated important events like coronations or royal weddings and here the relics of the patron saint Theodore are kept.
Pass the arch next to the church and walk down the street that takes you up the staircase Scalinata Virgiliana to admire an unparalleled harbour view!