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Italian Sailor Monument

(also known as Monumento al Marinaio d'Italia)

Brindisi, Italy

Billy and Akaisha Kaderli

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Over the centuries, the deep seaport of Brindisi, Italy has been invaded and conquered, participated in many wars and reaped the benefits of international trade.

During the time of Mussolini, this Italian Sailor's monument was commissioned to pay respect to the sailors who lost their lives in World War I.

Its unique shape, resembling a ship's rudder, pays homage to the city's maritime history and its vital role as a major port of commerce.

Just a short ferry ride away, we were on our way to visit.

side view of the Monumento al Marinaio d'Italia, Brindisi, Italy

The Sailor's Monument

This monument is 54 meters tall and was built in 1933 in the shape of a ship's rudder.

It's a memorial to Italian sailors who lost their lives in World War I and then World War II.

At the base is a chapel where the names of over 6,000 fallen sailors are engraved.

At the very top, you can see a marble statue of Our Lady, Star of the Sea which was added in 1954, representing protection and guidance for sailors.

archways to and from the ferry pickup at Monumento al Marinaio d'Italia, Brindisi, Italy

Beautiful arches as part of the monument area





The ferry dropped us off on the other side of these arches and it was a short walk to the monument.

This tribute to the sailors was built using local càrparo stone, giving it a beautiful golden color.

The construction took approximately 10 years to complete and was funded through public donations.

close up view of Monumento al Marinaio d'Italia, Brindisi, Italy

A different angle to view

At the very base you can see the door to the chapel. Inside is also a bell from the battle ship “Benedetto Brin”, which sank in the port of Brindisi in 1915.

steps to the entrance of the Monumento al Marinaio d'Italia, Brindisi, Italy

Walkway to entrance of the monument

The entrance to the monument museum is up these steps and to the right.

Each level of height gives another great view of the harbor.

Door to the inside of the Monumento al Marinaio d'Italia, Brindisi, Italy

Locked entrance door

On this day at this particular hour, the monument museum was closed. It was too bad, but not unusual.

We have noticed that since Covid, tourist websites with times and schedules have not been updated and that the hours of operation have shortened and changed.

Notice  how narrow the bottom of The Rudder Monument is.

Inside there are 260 steps to climb up a winding, circular staircase to the top platform, which gives you a spectacular view of the harbor.

Close side view of the Monumento al Marinaio d'Italia, Brindisi, Italy

Side view of the Rudder style monument

Skilled local laborers like stonemasons and builders worked on this monument.

On the walls inside are engraved the names of the approximately 6,000 sailors who fell in the Great War and the 33,900 sailors who fell in the last war as a way to remember them.

Two submarine cannons at the Monumento al Marinaio d'Italia, Brindisi, Italy

A cannon from the Austro-Hungarian submarines

In the upper square at the entrance there are also two anchors which are relics from Austrian-Hungary battle ships in 1918 as well two submarine cannons of the same era.

plaque at the Monumento al Marinaio d'Italia, Brindisi, Italy

Sign at the monument

This engraved sign explains the inauguration of the monument as well as who the architect and sculptor were.

Our Lady, Star of the Sea is seen as the protector of sailors.





Star of the Sea at the Monumento al Marinaio d'Italia, Brindisi, Italy

Star representative of Our Lady, Star of the Sea

This star is a reference to Our Lady, Star of the Sea and is located at the base of the monument as you climb the steps to enter.

the sun behind the Monumento al Marinaio d'Italia, Brindisi, Italy

The monument with the sun behind it

No matter which level of the structure we climbed, the view of the harbor was expansive.

Since it was a cloudless day, the open seascape was beautiful.

Brindisi Harbor from Monumento al Marinaio d'Italia, Brindisi, Italy

Walking back from the Rudder to catch the ferry

While we didn't get inside the sailor's tribute monument, we still enjoyed the ferry ride, the beautiful day and being able to savor the view of the sea.

Hours are listed below so you can better time your visit.


Open daily, (closed on Thursdays), from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm and from 4:20 pm to 7:00 pm. On Mondays from 10:30 am to 5:10 pm


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