Alitalia Economy A319 Rome (FCO) to Brindisi (BDS)

Alitalia A319 has 3-3 seating across one aisle. Not only does a “Light Fare” not include checked bags but it also does not include seat selection without extra payment. Marine Steve and I were assigned window seats in rows behind each other but who really cares on a 45 minute flight from Rome to Brindisi. After much eeny-meeny trying to decide whether to fly into Brindisi or Bari, I decided Brindisi is closest to Lecce.

 

 

One decision down, one to go. Six nights in Trani after the main tour sounded good and Bari Airport is close to Trani. Ergo, I booked a flight from Bari Airport to Rome and that takes care of that!

Our flight left Rome International Airport at 2:20p, and Alitalia crew managed to pass out free water/soft drinks and choice of crackers or cookies on this short flight to Brindisi Salento Airport. As well as a number of internal flights in Italy, Brindisi also has flights to the UK (operated by Ryanair), Germany, France and Switzerland.

Rome Airport Domestic Terminal 1 Alitalia boarding gate

Rome Airport Domestic Terminal 1 Alitalia boarding gate

Alitalia A319 Rome-Brindisi, Italy

Alitalia A319 Rome-Brindisi, Italy

Alitalia domestic flight map

Alitalia domestic flights map

 

Brindisi Airport is small and easy to get around. You’ll find a bus ticket office and information desk after exiting baggage claim.


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A city bus operated by STP connects the airport with central Brindisi, just a few miles away. There is also a convenient bus service between Brindisi Airport and Lecce, the area’s biggest tourist destination which runs several times a day.

Alitalia A319 over Rome seaside to Brindisi, Italy

Alitalia A319 over Rome seaside to Brindisi, Italy

 

We made arrangements with Brindisi Airport Transfer for the 30-minute drive to Lecce (pronounced Lech-ah). Marine Steve and I try to avoid public transportation, if possible, arriving in a foreign destination in a jet-lag daze. Carefully weigh the pros and cons of public transportation vs. expensive private transportation. Do you really want to get off a bus in Lecce outside city center? Then either drag heavy luggage through narrow streets looking for your hotel or grab a taxi?

Driver Daniello from Brindisi Airport Transfer was waiting with a sign. He schlepped suitcases into a comfy Mercedes van with bottles of water, drove to Lecce and dropped us in front of Palazzo Rollo. How easy it that!

Piazza Duomo in Lecce, Italy

Piazza Duomo in Lecce, Italy

decorated bicycle in Lecce, Italy

decorated bicycle in Lecce, Italy

typical narrow street in Lecce, Italy

typical narrow street in Lecce, Italy

 

Welcome to stunning Lecce!

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