With miles of sandy beaches and rocky bays and outcrops, Brindisi is set in the ultimate landscape for soaking up the warm weather of the Mediterranean and enjoying the hospitality of the locals. An area more commonly visited by travellers from Italy than tourists from abroad, Brindisi is perfect for those who wish to experience the laid-back coastal way of life in the area, without the crowds and hype of Italy's more famous cities. Auto Europe offers several pick up locations and a large fleet selection, so finding a car hire in Brindisi is both easy and economical.
Built around a natural deep-water harbour, Brindisi was once an important position in the Roman Empire, connecting the east and west via shipping routes across the Ionian Sea. To see the remaining evidence of this once thriving Roman port, drive your hire car down to the harbour, and see the Roman Columns which were once used as a reference point for ships nearing the land. Although only one column stands complete, the site is a monument to the role the city played in ancient times.
Home to several historic churches and castles, Brindisi offers visitors a valuable insight into the history of the area, and unlike many of Italy's larger cities, you won't have to put up with large crowds and long waiting times to see the attractions. To see one of the most famous buildings in the city, park your rental car near the harbour and explore the Swabian Castle, which dates back to the 13th century.
To delve even further into this part of Italy, jump in your hire car and head south towards Francavilla Fontana, a town about 40 minutes away. Here you will find many grand residences and mansions, built by the wealthy during the Baroque period. The town is also home to several churches from the era and is a great day out for lovers of fine architecture.
For a fun packed day for the young and old, head north of Brindisi to Fasano Zoo Safari, located a short drive away. The park is a recreation of an African safari experience, although it does incorporate species from other parts of the world also, and you can drive your hire car through the compounds yourself. One of the few places in Europe you can get up close to many of the worlds giant animal species, you will soon find yourself metres from elephants, lions, giraffes, gorillas and bears.
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