National Geographic : 1935 Dec
Photograph by Burton Holmes from Galloway BRINDISI IS THE TERMINUS OF ITALY'S ROUTE TO THE ORIENT In Horace's day, as now, the port was the eastern gate to the Empire. Here Cicero came from exile, and hereOctavius first called himself Caesar. Vergil died at Brindisi upon his return from Greece after completing the Eneid. Today, airplanes fly between the port and Istanbul. The lighthouse surmounts oneofthefive reefs that jut from the mainland; behind it perches an old fort.