This walk is designed to tell you the history of Brindisi through a journey along the inner port. This itinerary is ideal for those who want to enjoy a pleasant walk that will lead you to the discovery of the curiosities and some of the most important cultural and historical treasures of the city. During the journey, you will see an area of Brindisi harbour, a sheet of water extended for about five million square metres, with its West Cove and East Cove. It is a natural harbour in the shape of a deer’s head. The name of the city Brundisium (in Latin deer’s head) originates from this characteristic. Just from this quay, the Indian Mail Route ships sailed to London/ Mumbai having Brindisi as a stop-off. Here have landed many navigators in their search for a safe harbour.
The starting point of the seafront itinerary is the “GIARDINETTI”, surrounded by a green lawn, which accommodates the MONUMENT TO VIRGIL with its symbols of peace, love and hope.
Keep going to the West Cove and, a few meters further, you will meet the glass bridge, a recent construction made of glass and metal. Go to the top of this structure and enjoy the beautiful view of the inner port.
From the glass bridge, take Vico de Salmento and then via Madonna della Scala: turn right, until you’ll arrive in one of the oldest streets in the city, Via Lata. Walking along the street, look at the portals, surmounted by heraldic symbols: here rose the mansions of many noble families of Brindisi, today all private residences.
Having a walk in via Lata, after a short walk, on your right, you’ll find the church of Saint Lucy with its precious frescoes and the very old crypt masterfully painted and decorated by peculiar capitals.
Leaving behind the church of Saint Lucy and keeping walking down via Lata, on the left, take via Porta Lecce. The road leads you to Porta Lecce, a part of the old town walls of the city: The East Bastion which was built in 1464 and has an emblem with the symbol of Brindisi.
If you get on the steps, that you find on your right, you can visit the church of Christ, dating back to 1232 and erected in a sober gothic style.
Coming back to Porta Lecce, go straight on until you reach via del Mare and take Viale Regina Margherita.
After a beautiful walk, you’ll arrive at the Roman Columns and Virgilio Staircase, symbol of Brindisi and mark of the importance of the city in the Roman age. From here, you can admire the entrance to the harbour and the Sea Fort Castle.
From the top of the stairs, walking down via Duomo, you’ll come to the last stop of the itinerary: The Basilica of St. John Baptist, better known as Cathedral. In this church are celebrated important events as coronations or royal weddings and are kept the relics of Saint Theodore, patron saint of the town.