Via Amerigo Vespucci 2, 72100 Brindisi, Italy
VHF: 09, 16
GPS: 40°38’34.1″N 17°56’17.9″E / 40.642800, 17.938300
Yachts visiting Brindisi have three main options: the new Marina Brindisi in the middle harbour; the pontoons of the Lega Navale in the inner basin, or the quays of the inner basin, where even large yachts can berth alongside or stern-to wherever there is space.
Lega Navale operates a series of pontoons towards the head of the western arm of the inner basin. Yachts in transit are permitted to berth here if space is available. The pontoons have a total of around 300 berths for yachts up to a maximum of 18 metres. Depths at the pontoons range from 3.5 – 7.0 metres. Water on the pontoons. Some electricity points (not at all berths). Toilets and showers. Bar and restaurant/pizzeria. Wifi. Fixed crane (10 T) and some basic repairs. A regular passenger ferry runs from here to the town on the other side of the basin.
This is a much nicer location than Marina Brindisi and just as easy access to the airport.
Places of interest
On the W side of the inner harbour are some steps surmounted by an ancient column, which marks the spot where the famous Roman road the Appian Way reached the former harbour of Brundisium. Further W around the waterfront is the brooding mass of the Castello Svevo, a powerful 13th century castle built to defend the port by Frederick II of Hohenstaufen. The four square towers were added by the Aragonese in the 15th century. The castle is a military zone and unfortunately cannot be visited. Perhaps the most celebrated sight in Brindisi is the 14th century church of Santa Maria del Casale some four kilometers W of the harbour. The church is constructed in alternating white and ochre colored stone, creating an amazing patterned effect. Inside are some interesting 14th century frescoes.