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Otranto: 1.5-Hour Guided Walking Tour

1. Otranto: 1.5-Hour Guided Walking Tour

Discover one of Italy's most beautiful towns in the company of a local guide. Located at the easternmost point on the heel of the country, Otranto has always been considered the gateway to Italy. Learn about the town's interesting past from your guide as you meander through its center. During your walking tour, admire the old churches and quaint buildings that make Otranto the picturesque place it is. See the 15th-century Aragonese castle, whose towers and walls formerly served as protection for the city, and visit the Cathedral of the Annunciation where you can admire a stunning mosaic. From time to time, you will have spectacular glimpses of the landscape where the town meets the surrounding crystal-clear sea.

Otranto: 2-Hour Guided Walking Tour

2. Otranto: 2-Hour Guided Walking Tour

Described as the “Gateway to the East” and the most Oriental of all Italy’s cities, Otranto was founded by Greeks from Crete thousands of years ago. Explore this fascinating history on a 2-hour walking tour of all its main sights. Discover the Norman cathedral, consecrated in 1088 and still the largest Romanesque building in Apulia. Admire the mosaic floor, formed of thousands of pieces of stone that depict scenes from the Old Testament and figures from Breton legends. Admire columns that are said to have come from a Temple of Minerva, and the bones and relics of the Martyrs of Otranto, who perished in the 15th-century siege of the city. Marvel at the 42 marble columns that support the crypt, and more. Continue to the Church of St. Peter and the Aragonese Castle, reinforced by Emperor Frederick II and rebuilt by Alphonso II of Naples in 1485-1498. Look at the irregular plan of 5 sides, with a moat that runs along the entire perimeter. Enjoy the panoramic views out to sea. If the weather is good you can see all the way across the Adriatic to Greece and Albania.

Castro: 2-Hour Private Tour (Puglia) w/Great View of the Sea

3. Castro: 2-Hour Private Tour (Puglia) w/Great View of the Sea

The guided tour of Castro will begin with a visit of the Mother Church dedicated to the Madonna of the Annunciation. The church was erected on a Greek temple. Of Romanesque design, the interior is characterized by a high altar in Baroque style and numerous paintings such as the Madonna of the Annunciation, protector of the village. Following the tour, you will continue in the narrow streets of the historic center until you get a suggestive view of the sea and its Aragonese castle built on the remains of the oldest Byzantine fortress.  The castle has a rectangular plan with four corner towers. Entering, there will be a courtyard formerly used to store agricultural products that were marketed, and a large scale, now disappeared, with which you accessed the upper floors. In the courtyard, you'll also find the doors of the rooms on the ground floor. Inside, visit the Antonio Lazzari Civic Museum with its permanent archaeological exhibition "Castrum Minervae: between Greeks and Messapi," which will allow you to admire the numerous and various finds from recent excavation campaigns in the area of the historic center.

Otranto Private Walking Tour

4. Otranto Private Walking Tour

Discover a magic town in Puglia, a gem on the clear waters of the Adriatic sea, rich in architectural beauty, history and traditions. Learn about the history and culture of this charing town. On this private tour you'll walk through the small historic centre of Otranto, surrounded by imposing defensive walls. You'll have the chance to see the majestic Cathedral of the Annunciation, the Aragonese castle and the Byzantine Church of San Pietro. Marvel at the picturesque narrow streets of the old town, at its typical white buildings and breath in the ancient history of this place where the Messapic, Greek, Roman and Turkish traditions merge.

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What people are saying about Otranto

Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 4 reviews

Fabio is passionate about his City and that made it come alive for us!

Fabio combined the history of the area with the beautiful setting to make it a memorable experience. We never would have appreciated the beautiful mosaic floor at the Cathedral, and after spending time with him we went back again to spend more time. He showed us views we never could have located and recommended a restaurant that has been our favorite so far-L’Altro Baffo. We would highly recommend him!

Otranto lends itself a lot to a guided tour, necessary to understand something. Excellent investment.

Annamaria, an attentive and very prepared guide. A truly interesting and informative tour.

The tour gave us a lot of interesting detailed information about Otranto in a short time!

The very prepared guide, he transmitted to us the passion and love for his country.