If there is a city in Apulia hidden to the eyes of an inattentive visitor, able at the same time to offer all of a sudden traces of a history never completely told, this is Brindisi or Brunda as it was called in the ancient and poorly deciphered language of the Messapians, situated in the Salento's peninsula near the Adriatic Sea about 32 km far from Lecce. Events and ages settled in the sandstone blocks transform a walk through the secret decumans of the town centre in a virtuous class of history. Sometimes, it would seem to hear, through the noise of the steps of the polished Trani stone pavement that lead to the columns of the port, overlapped echoes of distant voices in time, from the solemn and measured pace of the Roman legions to the voices of the merchants of Greek books that used to crowd the streets of the ancient town, increasing the cultural fervour which in those age mixed different cultures leading to the meeting between the East and the West. The town has in fact always drawn and developed its fortune by this very important stopover which has hosted merchant ships since the Messapii to reach the peak of its fortune becoming a port of the Roman Empire, since the Middle Ages when the wharves of its port hosted pilgrims and crusaders leaving to the Holy Land, occurrences which made it known as “bridgehead between the East and the West”. As a naturally fortified town and already protected by its port, with the alternation of the Angevin and Aragonese powers it developed a strong defensive system already started by the Suebi. In fact the town defended itself using its castles and the large fortified enclosure which encircled the whole town from the lower castle thanks to the presence of walls, bastions and the two entry doors: Porta Napoli and Porta Lecce. The prosperous Brindisi's waters were sailed in the course of time by Spanish and French conquerors, were at times also dominated by Venice and shared with it the supremacy over the Adriatic Sea, living both periods of richness and periods of provisory decline, before rising stronger than before thanks to its maritime power. It is difficult to indicate a priority of the places to visit without risking to forget some unmissable ones, but the town surprises with its Romanic churches and its impressive military works built in defense of its splendid port by Normans, Suebi, Angevins, Aregounese and Spaniards.

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