Itinerary 1: THE CITY CENTRE
Departing from Crispi Square which is at the Railway
station, one turns left and heads towards "via
Bastioni San Giorgio"; after approximately 400
meters, on the right you can admire (1)
the "Bastions" - the defensive system
of the XVI century (photo).
On the external wall you will also see the coat of arms
of Carlo V (Charles V). During certain periods of the
year these premises are opened for public meetings,
art exhibitions and other events. Arriving at "Porta
Mesagne", this is one of the ancient main entrances
to the city (photo);
this ogee arched entrance is of Swebian origin which
ages back to approximately 1243, the smaller entrance
was built in the 1930's. Passing through the gate and
turning right, you will find the ruins of the Roman
aqueducts, called Vasche Limarie (photo).
These tanks collected drinkable water by means of pipes
running from a place named "Pozzo de Vito",
which is 12 km away. The subsequent flow of water through
several tanks, allowed for its cleansing by decantation,
before distributing it to the cities many fountains.
Leaving these tanks behind you, you will arrive in "via
C.Colombo", and continue up until you reach "via
della Libertà", where you will find on the
left, the ancient Aragon walls, dating back to
the mid XV century (photo).
A little ahead is the entrance to the (2)
Swabian Castle (more
info - photos), which was commissioned by
Federico II in 1227; today it is a military centre and
therefore not opened for tourist visits.
Continuing on "via dei Mille" and turning
into the narrow lanes which lead into the historical
centre (via Cittadella, via Monopoli), you will reach
"via Marconi", where on the left is the (3)
Church and the cloister of Saint Benedict, XI century
info - photos).
Continuing on "via S.Benedetto" you can admire
the antique architrave which rests on top of the doorway
of the church of St. Anna, where inside, there
are some beautiful frescos from XIV century.
Arriving at "via Carmine" you can admire the
baroque style of the (4)
Cafaro building (photo);
leaving this palace on your right and continuing on
this road, you will reach "Largo Angeli" where
you will find the (5)
church of St. Mary of Angels (more
info - photos), which was commissioned on
his family property by capuchin friar Julio Cesar Russo
from Brindisi, who later become Saint Lawrence.
Continuing on "via Fornari", and turning into
"via Vannini" and "via Pisanelli",
you will come to (6)
the Market Square, where characteristically,
in Liberty style (photo),
you will find stalls selling the fresh produce of Brindisi.
Returning and crossing via F.Fornari and going through
the little streets of "vico Scalese" and "via
Palma" on the left you will reach "largo Concordia",
where there is the beautiful renaissance (7)
lodge of De Marco building (photo).
Continuing on "via Marco Pacuvio", turn left
to approach the small square where is the characteristically
circular construction of the (8)
Temple of St. John (more
info - photos)
Leaving the temple behind and following the road, you
will arrive at "via G. Moricino" on "largo
S.Paolo", where the (9)
gothic church of St. Paul the Hermit
(more info - photos)
overlooks its square. Exiting this church, you will
find "via de Vavotici" on the left and from
here you will reach (10)
St. Theresa Square, where you will see, in the
centre of the square, the War Memorial (photo1
to the fallen soldiers of world war I, built by the
Brindisinian sculptor Edgardo Simone.
On the outer part of St. Theresa square, which is shaped
in a half-circle, there is the Empire's Fountain
constructed in 1940 by the then Provincial Government.
On the left of the square there is the Church of
St. Theresa with the adjacent cloister, built in
XV century as a convent, today this is the Records Office
info - photos).
Off the side of the church, is the narrow street of
"via Moricino", you will find the "case
terranee". These characteristic, quaint homes were
constructed for the modest folk of the city in 1714
From "via De Leo" turn to the right to reach,
what is referred to as the "living-room of the
city", this is Duomo Square (Piazza Duomo): here
you can be visit the (11)
info and photos), the (12)
Diocesan Museum "G. Tarantini", located
within the Seminary (photo),
that hosts archaeological findings, old paintings, and
the "Idria delle Nozze di Cana", which is
one of the six marble vases, the last to have survived,
in which Jesus made his first miracle: in these vases,
Jesus turned water into wine during the wedding ceremony
in Cana (more
info and photo). Also you will find the silver
ark that once contained the remains of St. Theodore,
and a parchment paper signed by the emperor Frederick
Next the ancient Archbishops Library "A.
De Leo", founded in 1798, that is home to over
60,000 books, most of which are of great historical
importance. Opposite the Seminary you can see (13)
the medieval (14th century) Loggia (lodge) of
the Balsamo building, it probably housed the mint of
the Angevin period (photo).
The lodge has eight very fine arches whith house sculptured
figures of persons and animals. On the right the (14)
Archeological Museum "F. Ribezzo".
At its entrance of the museum on the left is the stone
arcade with its beautiful arches, which formed
part of the De Cateniano family's residence from the
XIV century (photo1
On the narrow street "via Santa Chiara" next
the arcade, there is the former convent of St.Clair,
(St. Chiara) today restored and opened to the public
for art exhibitions and events. On the inside wall on
the left side of the entrance there are burial epigraphs
as well as Rodrigo De Valdez's coat of arms (photo),
lord of the castle during 1584-85.
Crossing the pointed arch to the base of cathedral's
bell tower, which was completed in 1795 (photo),
and continuing on "via Colonne" it is possible
to observe the facades of the Scolmafora building
(on the right) and Perez building (on left -
before reaching the little square which is named after
the famous (15)
Roman or Harbour Column, the symbol of Brindisi
- photos). On the right of the square there
is the epigraph to the remains of the house in which
the Latin poet Virgil died (photo).
From here a beautiful panoramic view can be admired
on the inner port (photo):
forehead the Aragones Castle (more
info - see Itinerary 4)
and the Pigonati Channel, the East and West Coves
of the inner port with the imposing Italian Sailors
info - see Itinerary 3).
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