Car hire in Brindisi
Hiring a car in Brindisi
The port city of Brindisi is a lovely location in southern Italy, with the city providing plenty for travellers to do and see. While the port is usually full of activity, the city itself is quite laid back so you can enjoy its relaxed pace while exploring. Brindisi also has an interesting history, which is evident through its range of ancient buildings.
You'll also find that Brindisi is well-located for travel to other lovely towns and cities, all of which have their own charm. This means it is a great idea to hire a car in Brindisi so you can truly experience all that southern Italy has to offer, no matter what type of holiday you want.
What you need to know
You've got a fair bit of choice when it comes to car hire in Brindisi as there are around 15 companies operating within the city. The majority of these are rated as being 'very good', so you'll be sure to get a great level of service.
Make it easier to find a hire car that suits your budget by using Holiday Autos' booking tool. This will show you what cars are available for the dates of your trip and the total cost. You'll be guaranteed that there are no hidden charges and no card fees. On top of this, you'll also get free cancellation and 24/7 support.
Where to pick up your car
The easiest option when flying into Brindisi is to collect your hire car from Brindisi - Salento Airport (BDS). Most of the car hire companies have their desks in the arrivals hall of the airport. This means you can simply collect your luggage and go. Companies that don't offer pick up at the terminal offer free shuttle bus services.
“The pick-up was easy, it took 5 minutes from arriving at the desk to driving out the car, and the return took even less time.”
Where to go
From great beaches, lively shopping destinations, amazing restaurants and interesting historic sights, Brindisi has everything you could possibly want from a holiday in Italy. You can learn about this area of the country at one of the city's museums in the morning and be laid out on the golden sand in the afternoon. If you fancy a chance to relax, there are several spas to choose from in the city, so you can fully unwind before enjoying some more activities. Whatever you want to do and experience in Brindisi, you can make the most of your time in the city by investing in a hire car.
There are some great places within a short drive of Brindisi, including the beautiful town of Ostuni. This chic location is spread across three hills and is absolutely stunning both when you're driving toward it and walking through the city. Here you'll find some modern bars and really good restaurants, which can offer brilliant views while enjoying some local cuisine. Simply drive the 40 minutes down the E55 to experience all that Ostuni has to offer.
Another great town within 40 minutes is Francavilla Fontana, which you can reach via Strada Statale 7. Also known as the town of the 'Imperiali' after the family who ruled it from the 16th century to the 18th, Francavilla Fontana is home to a huge square castle. If you visit the town at Easter, you'll get to experience the Settimana Santa-Pasqua festival.
If you don't mind a slightly longer drive, you may want to visit the busy port city of Bari. Around 131km from Brindisi via the E55, Bari is often overlooked for other locations in Italy but it really is worth a visit. From the long sweeping seafront promenade to its wonderful restaurant-lined Piazza Mercantile, there is a lot to see in the city so it is a good idea to spend a day in Bari.
The varied city of Taranto is under an hour via Strada Statale 7 and should be on your itinerary while in Brindisi. A former Greek-Spartan Colony, the city now has a beautiful balance between its modern areas and historic sights. The old town has a relaxed feeling to it, which is great for wandering around, while the newer areas of the city are vibrant. Spend a day driving around and taking in all that it has to offer.
Top attractions in Brindisi
Hiring a car in Brindisi allows you to see everything this wonderful city has to offer, including some of its top attractions.
Museo Archeologico Provinciale Ribezzo
If you love learning about history, you can't miss out on the Museo Archeologico Provinciale Ribezzo. The museum is spread over a number of floors of a really attracting building and offers a huge range of exhibits, which are explained in English. You can see around 3,000 bronze sculptures, archeological treasures discovered in the sea and figures from the seventh century.
One of the most well-known landmarks in Brindisi has to be the Roman Column. This white column stands above the stairs leading to the waterfront promenade, so you'll get a chance to see it if you want to enjoy a seaside walk. There used to be two columns on this site but Brindisi gifted the second one to the city of Lecce back in 1666.
This beautiful palace was constructed in the Renaissance style back in the 16th century. Named for the two families who owned it, the palazzo is home to the large capital that used to sit on one of the Roman Columns, giving you a chance to see its ornate carvings up close. This is a lovely place to walk around and even get a drink at the lovely cafe on site.