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In 1991 Billy and Akaisha Kaderli retired at the age of 38. Now, into their 4th decade of this financially independent lifestyle, they invite you to take advantage of their wisdom and experience.

The Harbor and Waterfront of Brindisi, Italy

(Pronounced BRIN-dee-see)

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We had visited the famous port of Anzio, Italy - and the one in Gaeta as well. Now we are in Brindisi with beautiful weather and it's off to the sea we go!

Towns in Italy that have seaports have histories like a double-edged sword. These locations become important due to their sea access and ease of trade for economic development and prosperity, but they also become targets due to invading armies.

Brindisi Harbor has a history as well.

Let's take a look.

A Naval ship in Brindisi Harbor, Italy

Ferry to Greece

Brindisi, was conquered by the Romans in 267BC.

Eventually, the Romans built the Appian Way which ended here at the harbor and this port became a bustling hub of trade and military use.

A panoramic view of Brindisi Harbor, Italy

Panoramic view of the harbor

This photo gives you a panoramic view of the harbor with restaurants and businesses lining the harbor.

One can take a ferry to cross this water to see memorials, and more shops and restaurants on the other side.

Roman Columns at the end of the Appian Way

The impressive Roman road called the Appian way stretched 360 miles from Rome to Brindisi, the port city on the heel of Italy's "boot."

Because of this road, the military could march quickly to distant battlefields, goods shipped to and from the harbor flowed freely and even ideas spread rapidly through the Roman Empire.

 

 

 

 

The end of the Appian Way was here where you see the two 62-foot columns.

In 1656, there was a devastating plague outbreak in Brindisi, and the city turned to Sant'Oronzo, the patron saint of nearby Lecce, for divine intervention. According to legend, Sant'Oronzo miraculously interceded and ended the plague.

As a gesture of immense gratitude, Brindisi decided to offer the 2nd column to Lecce as a symbolic token of their appreciation.

In 1660, the fallen column was transported 50 km from Brindisi to the city of Lecce. The broken column base remains in Brindisi next to the standing one, serving as a constant reminder of the gift.

A yacht docked at Brindisi Harbor, Italy

A beautiful yacht docked at this harbor

The Romans weren't he only ones to take over this harbor. Brindisi was also conquered by Ostrogoths, then Byzantines, followed by its destruction by the Lombards.

Serving as a key port for the Crusaders, the Norman conquest led to renewed prosperity.

At a cafe overlooking Brindisi Harbor, Italy

At a cafe, overlooking the harbor

We are having a morning coffee and croissant here at a seaside cafe.

If you look across the water, you will see the Monument to Sailors who have served in various wars.

The building is representative of a ship's rudder, stands 54 meters tall and was built in 1933.

Another beautiful yacht docked at Brindisi Harbor, Italy

Another beautiful yacht

Centuries later after an earthquake and political disputes forced this harbor to decline, it became revitalized once again with the opening of the Suez Canal. It became a major stop on the route to the East.

During World War II, Brindisi Harbor served as an Italian naval base and was briefly the capital of Italy after the fall of Mussolini.

Restaurants line Brindisi Harbor, Italy

Restaurants line the harbor

These days, the harbor is a bustling tourist destination with restaurants, cafes and shops lining the streets.

And it is also a port for passenger ferries connecting Italy with Greece, Albania, and Croatia.

Small craft docked at Brindisi Harbor, Italy

Small watercraft docked at the harbor

 

 

 

 

There are small watercraft docked here too.

Days later, Billy chartered one of them to take us out sailing.

A senior couple in front of yachts at Brindisi Harbor, Italy

Billy and Akaisha at the harbor

There were no shortage of boats and yachts coming in and out of this harbor.

The weather held up and we enjoyed many days of sunshine.

Sleek sailing vessel at Brindisi Harbor, Italy

A very sleek sailing vessel

Here is a photo of a long and sleek sailing vessel.

There is always action at a port.

Yachts come and go and the owners get re-supplied and ready themselves for their next destination.

A close up view of a sailing yacht at Brindisi Harbor, Italy

Close up view of this yacht

I guess when the sea calls, one can't say "No."

Lots of people love living on or near the water and can't imagine being separated from it for long. Sailing from place to place, all throughout history men have taken to the sea for trade, adventure or pleasure.

This yacht is big enough to live upon and be comfortable.

Would you like a life as a seafarer?

 

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Billy and Akaisha Kaderli are recognized retirement experts and internationally published authors on topics of finance, medical tourism and world travel. With the wealth of information they share on their award winning website RetireEarlyLifestyle.com, they have been helping people achieve their own retirement dreams since 1991. They wrote the popular books, The Adventurer’s Guide to Early Retirement and Your Retirement Dream IS Possible available on their website bookstore or on Amazon.com.

 

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