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Brindisi

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  • Day4

    Hafen Brindisi

    September 9 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    Um möglichst kurz auf der Fähre zu sein, haben wir die Überfahrt Brindisi - Igoumenitsa gewählt. 8 Stunden auf dem Schiff war ok. Der QR Code für die Einreise nach Griechenland kam auch pünktlich, und so waren wir kurz nach 22Uhr schon am Strandparkplatz Drepano. Sehr ruhige Nacht mit Meeresrauschen.Read more

  • Day8

    Brindisi

    April 8, 2019 in Italy ⋅ 🌧 13 °C

    Last night we had a wonderful meal at Volo to finish up our stay in Lecce. I had the local specialty, orecchiette rape, and eggplant Parmigiano while Brenda had a very substantial bowl of soup and another local specialty, Fave e Cicorie, which is essentially hummus made with fava beans.

    This morning we had set our alarms for 7:00 but we were awakened by brightness in our room. Fearing we had slept through our alarm, I quickly looked at my watch to discover it was only 5:00. WTF?!?

    Once the cobwebs had cleared from my sleep deprived brain, I realized the brightness was emanating from the emergency light located above the entrance door. There was no power in the building, which triggered the emergency lighting to kick in. Good idea in theory, not so good in practice if you're hoping for a good night's sleep.

    Fortunately, there was enough hot water left in the tank to allow us to have a hot shower before breakfast. This was the first day we ate at the B&B and they went all out looking after Brenda's gluten intolerance. In fact, I think there were more GF options available than there was standard fare.

    After checking out, we walked to the train station and caught the 11:13 to Brindisi that, amazingly, left and arrived exactly on schedule. We arrived at our lodging only to find we were too early and had to wait in a little cafe until our host arrived at 1:00.

    After checking in we wandered through the old town, which, after Lecce, was a little anticlimactic. The city has little charm and, very strangely, doesn’t have the historical feel that seemingly drips from many other cities of the same age and region. I say strangely because it has a long and storied past.

    The city was originally a Greek settlement long before the Roman expansion. It then became a major center of Roman naval power and maritime trade. After the Roman Empire collapsed, all hell broke loose with the city changing hands incessantly. It was conquered by Ostrogoths and reconquered by the Byzantine empire in the 6th century. In 674 it was destroyed by the Lombards. In the 9th century, a Saracen settlement existed, which had been stormed in 836 by pirates.

    In 1070, it was conquered by the Normans. After the baronial revolt of 1132, the city recovered some of the splendor of the past. The period of the Crusades saw the construction of the new cathedral and a castle. In 1227, Frederic ii of Germany erected a castle, with huge round towers, to guard the inner harbour. Like other Pugliese ports, Brindisi for a short while was ruled by Venice but was soon reconquered by Spain.
    A plague devastated Brindisi in 1348; it was plundered in 1352 and 1383; and an earthquake struck the city in 1456.

    Brindisi fell to Austrian rule in 1707–1734, and later to the Bourbons.
    You’d think that a city with a past like that would be like one big museum, but other than Frederic II’s castle, the Roman columns (actually only one column remains as the other was misappropriated by Lecce), and some old churches, there ain’t that much to see. Fortunately, we’re only here overnight as tomorrow we drive across the heel to Gallipoli, which by all accounts, has much more to offer.

    Of course, our sightseeing probably would have been more interesting on any other day of the week. In Italy most shops close at noon on Sunday and don’t re-open until Tuesday morning, so for the most part, Brindisi was a ghost town today.

    We nonetheless managed to find a little café that was open and where we ate a decent lunch. Tonight, however, we’ll be having a very simple meal of soup cooked on the stove in the kitchen of our B&B. I never thought I’d say this, but I’m getting a little pizza-ed out!
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  • Day12

    Brindisi, Italy

    August 14, 2017 in Italy ⋅ 🌙 23 °C

    Today we toured Lecce, a town in southern Italy which is called "The Florence of the South". Lecce was originally a Roman City as evidenced by its stone and marble roads, Theatre, and amphitheater. It became famous in the 17 century when its buildings adapted the fashionable Baroque style.Read more

  • Day175

    Toast

    April 20, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

    This large harbour is in the shape of a deers head, "brentesion" in Greek, which the Romans pronounce "Brundesium" and the Italians "Brindisi. Legend has it that the port was founded by the epic hero Diomedes; records show that it has been settled since Roman and Greek times. The poet Virgil died here, though not on stage.
    Occupying a strategic position at the heel of Italy, the place has been overrun by all the usual empires and kingdoms including the Ostrogoths, Lombards and Kings of Sicily. During WW2, it was briefly the capital of Italy.
    Even the censor of Rome in 312 BCE, Appius Claudius Caecus, could not have seen the longevity of his 560 km Via Appia, which connects the Eternal City to the port of Brindisi. Before air transportation became so common, it was the gateway to the east for many. The silk trade had its route through Brindisi. Silk would be loaded from trains onto the English ships that continued the journey from London to Bombay. The Crusaders used this port to sail to the Holy Land.
    The locals proudly advertise the two columns marking the end of the road. Unfortunately, one crumbled in 1582 and the bits given to the town of Lecce to hold the statue of Saint Oronzo, who was the town's patron Saint and was thought to have cured the plague in Brindisi. Still, one is enough for bragging rights.
    Crusaders leaving Europe would drop into the local taverns, as soldiers do, to drink a toast to their eventual return - shortened to 'a Brindisi' and then just 'Brindisi'. To this day Italians still call a toast a Brindisi.
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    This 53m high structure is a memorial for the rudderless in life, although it is called the monument to Italian Sailors.
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  • Day175

    Crusader lodging

    April 20, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

    The church of San Giovanni al Sepolcro was built by the Knight Order of the Canons Regular of the Holy Sepulcher, (an artillery regiment?) before 1128 according to ancient documents.After the Knight Order was dismissed their goods and possesions were inherited by the Order of St John of jerusalem, (Order of Malta,) and then by the local archbishop.
    It was conceived as a reproduction of the Rotonda of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem - the "umbilicus mundi" or navel of the world.
    It was built in the round with pillars "repurposed" from a variety of other buildings - no two are alike.
    The main door is framed by two lions upholding columns. The sculptors were more familiar with sea-lions I think.
    The side fdoor is flanked by marble panels depicting humans, animals and mythological figures with a symbolic meaning beyond even the imaginations of modern archaeologists to explain.
    Recently, the crypt area, in which pilgrims on their way to Jerusalem would lodge, has revealed mosaics belonging to a 1st or 2nd C Roman domus (house).
    For a complete set of images visit:
    http://www.brundarte.it/2013/08/13/chiesa-di-san-giovanni-al-sepolcro-storia-e-struttura/
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  • Day12

    It's 6:00....

    August 14, 2017 in Italy ⋅ 🌬 27 °C

    Perfect martini with a perfect view.

You might also know this place by the following names:

Brindisi, ब्रिंडिसि, BDS, ブリンディジ, Brundisium, Бриндизи, Brìndisi

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