Capital of the Apulia region in the south of Italy, Brindisi is a gorgeous city steeped in the rich history and culture of the area. This picturesque place was once the seat of the Kingdom of Italy—and now supports a thriving airport and business district that attracts thousands of visitors, every year. Industrially speaking, Brindisi is famous for agriculture and chemical works. To the rest of the world, it is a renowned place for capturing the true beauty of Italy.
In the past, Brindisi has been an important port due to its strategic location between eastern and western Europe. Nowadays, this diversity is reflected in the variety of peoples that populate this stunning city.
Without further ado, let’s learn more about car hire in Brindisi so that you can have the best car hire deals during your visit.
Basic info and car hire in Brindisi
Location: South-Eastern Italy, on the coast to the Adriatic Sea.
Population: 87,471 (2018)
Official language: Italian
Currency: Euro (€)
Weather: The weather is temperate and clement from March to October. In the winter months, it does get cooler, with more humidity and a wet season. There is little chance of temperatures dipping below freezing. For up-to-date weather information, follow this link.
Public holidays in Brindisi: New Year’s Day is 1st January; The Epiphany is celebrated on the 6th of January. Easter falls around the 21st April, with Easter Monday on the 22nd. Liberation Day is on the 25th April, Labour Day the 1st May, and Republic Day on the 2nd of June. The Feast of Assumption is the 15th August; the Ferragosto is the same day. The Feast of the Immaculate Conception is on the 8th December and Christmas Day is the 25th. Rather than Boxing Day, the Italians celebrate Saint Stephen’s Day on December 26th.
Internet coverage: Intermittent 4G coverage can be found throughout the city depending on your device supplier. For accurate maps of Wi-Fi coverage see this link.
Road conditions: Visibility can be up to 10km on a clear day. Roads are maintained around the city. You can find an accurate road traffic map here.
Driving in Brindisi
Before you go and search for the best car deals in Brindisi—there are a few things you should know. We cover the essential parts about driving your car hire around Brindisi, below.
- Age limits: To drive a car on the Italian Peninsula, you must be at least 18 years of age and have a year's driving experience, minimum. We also found a luxury car hire firm from Brindisi airport that would not rent a luxury vehicle to anyone under the age of 27.
- International Driving Permit: Yes, the law requires anyone from outside of the EU to show this permit along with their license if stopped.
- Additional papers: You must also carry registration documents, ensure your Brindisi car hire firm has complied.
- Additional requirements: Drivers under the age of 25 may incur extra charges. You must always wear your seatbelt or face a fee.
- Children in the car: Children who are under 97 pounds or who are shorter than 4 foot 9'' must use an appropriate safety seat or booster. Ask your car hire firm to provide one when you book.
- Driving side of the road: Driving is on the right-hand side of the road, with overtaking on the left.
- Lights: Must be used inside of tunnels at all times. It would be best if you did not drive with your interior light on.
- General speed limits: On highways, the speed limit is 130 km/h. On non-major roads, the speed limit is 110 km/h. In built-up or urban areas go no faster than 90 km/h in your Brindisi hire car.
- Parking suggestions: Paid parking will apply on most streets during weekdays. Around the old town area, you will struggle to find non-paid parking. See this page for more accurate information.
What to see in Brindisi
Brindisi has some of the best tourist spots around. Some of the most excellent examples of sights that attract hundreds every year include:
Our favourite spots
The Provincial Archaeological
This Italian museum showcases some of the most ancient sculptures and artworks in the country. A fascinating collection of objects and artifacts from pre-history makes this particular museum very popular.
The Palazzo Granafei Nervegna
This art gallery hosts local artists, sports its own resident artist, and pays tribute to some of the more famous Italian painters. Worth a visit to any art lover.
San Giovanni Al Sepulcro
This slightly morbid tourist attraction allows a guided tour through the Giovanni family tombs. For a glimpse into the divine beauty found in Italian graveyards it is unquestionably worth a look.
Castello Alfonsino di Brindisi
The Alfonsino castle stands out on the water and is one of the most famous attractions of the city. Be sure to make your way down to the port to visit. Remember that you won’t be able to park your hire car for free in Brindisi Old Town.
Hotels in Brindisi
We sourced some of the best hotels that include free parking for your Brindisi car hire vehicle. Some of these are as follows:
Casetta di Mary
Drive your rental car around Brindisi
Once you have picked up the best car hire deal in Brindisi, you will want to go out and explore the remarkable Italian countryside. Brindisi is situated on the south and east of Italy, so you won’t be able to head any farther east without getting on a ferry!
However, if you do want to go out of the city, then you can do so by following highway SS16. There are several turns offs from there that can take you north, along the ESS, northwest, along the SP43, southwest along the SS7, or south along the SS613. In the south, you will find Pedagne along the coast, or Tuturano if you head a little farther and inland. To the southwest lies Mesagne. To the north, you will discover Posticeddu or Lobia off the coast, and to the northwest, you will find San Vito Dei Normanni if you drive the SS16 in your Brindisi hire car.
Where to eat, drink and party in Brindisi
Brindisi attracts many tourists, so it is only natural that there is a considerable variety in places where you can eat, drink and be merry within the city. We listed some of our favorite spots below:
The best experiences in family dining can be found in this outdoor/indoor restaurant. Enjoy the summer sun while you dine!
For fine dining, this cozy seafood restaurant has a reported 4.4 out of five stars. Reviewers recommend the fish, funnily enough. Perfect for those business meetings or couple’s dining.
Widely regarded as one of the best bars in the city; this cozy bar offers outdoor seating and great cocktails. Nothing is better than enjoying some lovely mixed drinks outdoors in style!
This is the industrial style club that all the hipsters love. A great place to entertain younger clients, party till you drop, or get your dance on in Brindisi. The sound is loud and vibrant though, so if you don’t want to party stick to the bars.
Major events and festivals in Brindisi
Brindisi has some beautiful religious celebrations as well as plenty of live music and other events you can attend. Some of the favorite festivals for car hire customers in Brindisi are:
This religious event follows a flower-strewn parade that celebrates the passage of a saint through the area. This event is one the whole region takes part in, so you can drive between places and see different versions of the parade in different towns.
Ok, so it’s technically in Polignano a Mare, but that’s within driving distance of Brindisi if you have access to the best car hire deals in the city! This show incorporates markets, stalls, camera crews, and cliff diving for a guaranteed day of fun.
One of the very few mobile festival locations in the world. You can sometimes catch them in Brindisi, check the dates for more information.
Neighbouring Taranta sports one of the largest jazz music festivals in the country. Easily reachable when you have a Brindisi hire car at your disposal. Join the celebrations and maybe even stay the night.