Brindisi

Medieval hidden treasures
A gateway to Puglia beauties
An oriental flavour

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Brindisi/Lecce

The Eastern-facing port

Once a bridging point for crusading knights and now a not to be missed stop in any Mediterranean cruisesBrindisi is still a town that makes its living from people passing through, just like you on your MSC cruise ship!


An unforgettable experience could just be to while away your holiday time in a bar or restaurant in Brindisi’s old town. The old town has a pleasant, almost oriental flavour about it, and a few hidden gems tucked down its narrow streets. Via Colonne, with its seventeenth- and eighteenth-century palazzi, runs up to Brindisi’s Duomo – a remarkable building, if only for the fact that it’s survived seven earthquakes since its construction in the eleventh century. Just outside is the Museo Archeologico Provinciale.

In addition to ornaments and statues from the necropolises that lined the Via Appia in Roman times, several rooms accommodate bronzes recovered in underwater exploration in the area, as well as finds from excavations at the archaeological site of Egnazia nearby.

Another of Brindisi’s hidden treasures is the tiny, round church of San Giovanni al Sepolcro, an eleventh-century baptistery. It’s a little dark and decrepit inside, but you can just make out some of the original thirteenth-century frescoes. And there are more frescoes, this time a century older, in the Chiesa di Santa Lucia, just off Piazza del Popolo.
 
Ostuni, 40 km northwest of Brindisi, is known as “the white city” and is one of southern Italy’s most stunning small towns. Situated on three hills at the southernmost edge of Le Murge, it was an important Greco-Roman city in the first century AD. The old centre spreads across the highest of the hills, a gleaming white splash of sun-bleached streets and cobbled alleyways dominating the plains below. 

Must see places in Brindisi

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  • BRINDISI CITY SIGHTSEEING

    BYRUNDTUR
    • Rullestol- og handikapvennlig utflukt - Gjester i rullestol må ledsages av en egen hjelper ved på-/avstigning av bussen. Rullestolen må være sammenleggbar, ettersom bussen ikke er utstyrt med rampe eller heis. Vennligst ta kontakt med personalet i resepsjon (Excursions Desk)  etter ombordstigning, slik at de kan bistå med tilretteleggelser.

    • Kan omfatte en begrenset mengde trappetrinn, ujevne overflater og/eller perioder der man må stå oppreist

      Vanskelighetsgrad
      Lett

    • Varighet
      4 h

    • Adults price starting fromNOK405Pris per person

    • Children price starting fromNOK289Pris per person

    BDS02

    Get your fill of the wonderful Apulian city of Brindisi, whose origins date right back to the 16th century B.C., from the comfort of a modern coach on this leisurely sightseeing tour. First up is the Gothic-Romanesque-style Church of Santa Maria del Casale, a somewhat monolithic building of late 13th-century construction with a striking façade of grey and yellow stones that is situated a short drive from the city. After some time to view the interior, complete with 14th-century frescoes, your coach returns to the city to drop you off in the old town, which you will then have a chance to explore on foot. Your starting point will be the columns of the Appian Way that head a staircase which in turn leads to Brindisi’s 12th-century Romanesque cathedral – the place where both King Ruggero II and his son, Frederick II, got married. As you continue your walk down the main street of the old town, further stops will be made at the gorgeous Church of San Giovanni al Sepolcro, which was constructed in the 1100s and features a circular plan, as well as at the San Pietro degli Schiavoni Roman archaeological excavations, which continue to remind visitors of the past – all the while overlooked by the modernist architecture of the Teatro Verdi, which was inaugurated only in December 2006. After some free time to explore the modern part of the city, the tour concludes with your return to the ship. Please note: guests using a wheelchair can take part, but should be aware that a few steps will be encountered at the church entrance. Guests using a wheelchair are advised that they must be accompanied by a paying helper to provide assistance with getting on and off the coach and that wheelchairs must be collapsible/foldable since the coach has neither a ramp ENG a lift. Guests using a wheelchair who would like to participate in this tour are requested to contact the Shore Excursions’ Desk promptly once they are on board so that arrangements can be made. Conservative attire recommended for visiting sites of religious importance.
  • LECCE SIGHTSEEING TOUR

    BYRUNDTUR
    • Rullestol- og handikapvennlig utflukt - Gjester i rullestol må ledsages av en egen hjelper ved på-/avstigning av bussen. Rullestolen må være sammenleggbar, ettersom bussen ikke er utstyrt med rampe eller heis. Vennligst ta kontakt med personalet i resepsjon (Excursions Desk)  etter ombordstigning, slik at de kan bistå med tilretteleggelser.

    • Kan omfatte en begrenset mengde trappetrinn, ujevne overflater og/eller perioder der man må stå oppreist

      Vanskelighetsgrad
      Lett

    • Varighet
      4 h

    • Adults price starting fromNOK495Pris per person

    • Children price starting fromNOK352Pris per person

    BDS03

    A 40-minute coach ride to the south of Brindisi will take you to a place that is often called “the Florence of the south”, the lovely old Apulian town of Lecce, which was influenced and shaped by periods of Roman, Greek, Ostrogoth and ENGman rule. Celebrated both for its more than 2,000-year history and a wealth of Baroque-style buildings, Lecce is well worth exploring, which this enjoyable sightseeing tour gives you a chance to do in the best way possible: on foot. From the beautiful Piazza S. Oronzo in the heart of the city and the impressive Roman Amphitheatre, through the Church of the Holy Cross, which took a staggering 345 years to build and was finally completed in 1695, and the mid-16th-century Castle of Charles V, right up to the Baroque-style Celestines’ Convent and the magnificent Piazza del Duomo in the town centre, Lecce rewards visitors with lovely views and vistas by the score. Do take your camera and make lasting memories to show the folks at home. After your guided tour, there will still be some time for you to stroll around or to do some shopping before beginning your pleasant return journey back to the port through the appealing Puglian countryside. Please note: guests using a wheelchair are advised that they must be accompanied by a paying helper to provide assistance with getting on and off the coach and that wheelchairs must be collapsible/foldable since the coach has neither a ramp ENG a lift. Guests using a wheelchair who would like to participate in this tour are requested to contact the Shore Excursions’ Desk promptly once they are on board so that arrangements can be made. Conservative attire recommended for visiting sites of religious importance.
  • OSTUNI, THE WHITE TOWN BY THE SEA - 4.5
    hours

    BYRUNDTUR
    • Bademuligheter

    • Begrenset antall plasser

    • Aktive utflukter som kun anbefales for reisende med god fysisk helse

      Vanskelighetsgrad
      Krevende

    • Varighet
      4:30 h

    • Adults price starting fromNOK442Pris per person

    • Children price starting fromNOK315Pris per person

    BDS04

    Leave the port with a local guide and drive along the highway to Ostuni, “the white lady” stands on three hills in the area of Murge. It was an important Greek – Roman city in the first century AD. The picturesque medieval village with its white houses with winding streets and cobbled alleyways dominates the plains below. The brightness of its whitewashed houses sets against the pink-tinged brown of its main monuments. Bits of baroque twist out of unexpected places, including the obelisk, 21 m high, devoted to Sant’Oronzo. Its own cathedral is the most eloquent expression of the importance of this town. It has an important façade in late gothic style belonging to XV century. Visitors will be captured by Delia’s story, a lady who died 25.000 years ago. She was pregnant when she died and her skeleton together with her phoetus was discovered in Ostuni in 1991. A particular mix of characteristics makes Ostuni the most typical example of Apulian town architecture. The tour includes a visit to a typical oil mill with a tasting session of olive oil.Please note: conservative attire is recommended for visiting sites of religious importance. Wheelchair guests must be accompanied by their own helper to get on/off the coach. Wheelchairs must be foldable as the coach is not provided with ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.
  • ALBEROBELLO - 4 hours

    KULTUR OG HISTORIE
      • Varighet
        4 h

      • Adults price starting fromNOK469Pris per person

      • Children price starting fromNOK352Pris per person

      BDS01

      Leave the port of Brindisi for a scenic 1-hour coach ride through the Italian countryside to Alberobello, a town in the Apulia region that forms the top of the “heel” of the boot of Italy. Thanks to its distinctive mortarless round stone houses with conical roofs, known as “trulli”, the town was added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites in 1996. Your tour includes a guided walk through the delightful streets of this most unusual village – plus a visit to St. Antonio, the only “trullo” church in the world. Many of these “trullo” houses are topped by a so-called “pinnacolo” – a sort of white cap or sphere – and all of them have curious symbols, possibly good-luck charms, painted on the roofs. You will return to the port.
    • CAR WITH GUIDE

      NOE UTENOM DET VANLIGE
      • Ingen guide tilgjengelig

      • Kan omfatte en begrenset mengde trappetrinn, ujevne overflater og/eller perioder der man må stå oppreist

        Vanskelighetsgrad
        Lett

      • Varighet
        4 h

      • Adults price starting fromNOK2692Pris per person

      • Children price starting fromNOK2692Pris per person

      BDS33PV

      CAR WITH GUIDE
    • FASANO ZOOSAFARI

      NOE UTENOM DET VANLIGE
        • Kan omfatte stigninger, trappetrinn, ujevne overflater og/eller lengre perioder der man må stå oppreist

          Vanskelighetsgrad
          Moderat

        • Varighet
          4 h

        • Adults price starting fromNOK379Pris per person

        • Children price starting fromNOK262Pris per person

        BDS07

        Leave the port and enjoy 2.5 hours visiting a the animal theme park only 40 minutes away from Brindisi. Located on a hillside overlooking the sea, you will have the opportunity to visit the safari area either comfortably sitting in your vehicle or walking around some animal areas. There are approx. 3000 animals of 200 different species including lions, giraffes, elephants, tigers and polar bears. Take your camera ready to catch amazing shots as you drive through the park and watch the wildlife roaming freely. Do not miss the tropical aquarium, the dinosaurs museum and the village of baboons. After this unforgettable experience and close touch with nature, this family-friendly tour concludes with the return to the port. Please note: this tour includes walking on uneven ground therefore it is not suitable for guests with walking difficulties or using a wheelchair.
      • MINIVAN WITH GUIDE 3 - 6 PAX

        NOE UTENOM DET VANLIGE
        • Ingen guide tilgjengelig

        • Kan omfatte en begrenset mengde trappetrinn, ujevne overflater og/eller perioder der man må stå oppreist

          Vanskelighetsgrad
          Lett

        • Varighet
          4 h

        • Adults price starting fromNOK3322Pris per person

        • Children price starting fromNOK3322Pris per person

        BDS34PV

        MINIVAN WITH GUIDE 3 - 6 PAX
      • Transfer to torre guaceto beach

        SOL OG BAD
        • Å ta video og/eller bilder er ikke tillatt eller er gjenstand for avgift

        • Shopping

        • Bademuligheter

        • Bestselger

        • Begrenset antall plasser

        • Kan omfatte en begrenset mengde trappetrinn, ujevne overflater og/eller perioder der man må stå oppreist

          Vanskelighetsgrad
          Lett

        • Varighet
          4 h

        • Adults price starting fromNOK172Pris per person

        • Children price starting fromNOK135Pris per person

        BDS06

        Transfer to torre guaceto beach

      The excursions in the programme are intended to provide MSC Guests with an idea of the different tours that can be arranged in each port of call; this programme is merely a guide and confirmation of each excursion and its description and prices will be made during your cruise. 
      Shore excursions programs and itineraries may vary depending on local conditions and/or any unforeseen events in relation to the timing on the day of the tour.
       
      Some excursions are very popular and therefore availability cannot always be guaranteed, it is advisable to book in advance to avoid disappointment. The guides are guaranteed in English. Only for South America cruises, the guides are guaranteed in Brazilian Portuguese. Narration in other languages depends on the availability of guides. Please note that the final language of the tour will be confirmed on board during the cruise.

      Italy

      History, gastronomy and fashion

      A cruise to Italy is an emotional roller coaster. Rome is a tremendous city quite unlike any other, and in terms of historical sights outstrips everywhere else in the country by some way.

       
      Liguria, the small coastal province along the north-west coast, has long been known as the “Italian Riviera” and is accordingly crowded with sun-seekers for much of the summer.
      In Veneto the main focus of interest is, of course, Venice: a unique city, and every bit as beautiful as its reputation would suggest. Tuscany in central Italy represents perhaps the most commonly perceived image of the country, with its classic rolling countryside and the art-packed towns of Florence and Pisa.

      The south proper begins with the region of Campania. Its capital, Naples, is a unique, unforgettable city, the spiritual heart of the Italian south. Puglia, the “heel” of Italy, has underrated pleasures, too, notably the landscape of its Gargano peninsula and the souk-like qualities of its capital, Bari.

      As for Sicily, the island is really a place apart, with a wide mixture of attractions ranging from some of the finest preserved Hellenistic treasures in Europe, to a couple of Italy’s most appealing Mediterranean beach resorts in Taormina and Cefalù, not to mention some gorgeous upland scenery.
      Italy