Travel - SALENTO
OTRANTO and ourtskirts
It is a little city full of history. Every corner of the city has
its trace, which testifies the passing of the different civiliza
tions: the Romans, the Byzantines, the Aragoneses. It is also
sadly famous because of the sacrifice of the 800 martyrs made by
the Turkish in 1480.
The historical centre is still in very good condition: its renowned cathedral and the Aragonese castle, the harbour, which is a
port of shipment to Greece, Corfu and Igoumenitsa, and the touristic plants make it one of the most interesting cultural destination in Salento.
The North coast looks almost everywhere low and sandy with wide
pine-woods which are near the sea and quite lacking in permanent
The availaibility of great room led to the realization of well
organized and eqiuped touristic villages near the Alimini lakes.
- The town-walls with its turrets in which there is the stately
- The Cathedral, raised in the 11th century, then adjusted and
restored, preserves a Gothic rose of the 15th century and a
baroque portal; inside the basilica you can see on the floor a
precious Mosaic of 1166, which has a great iconographical meaning
(under repair). The very wide crypt (11th century) has variously
decorated capitals on the 42 pillars, which divide 5 aisles, and
remains of Byzantyne frescos.
- S.Peter, little church in Byzantine style (10th-11th century),
has a Greek-cross plan and a cylindrical cupola supported by four
- The Aragoneses' Castle (1485-98) rises in a high position,
with cylindrical turrets, and it was fortified by the Spanish
(now under repair).
S.S. 16 Brindisi - Lecce - Maglie - Otranto.
Hotel Degli Haethey - Via F. Sforza, 33 - 73028 Otranto.
Tel. 0836/801548 Fax. 0836/801576
- Local Tourist Office
Via Rondachi, 8 - Tel. 0368/801436
- Public Transport Society in the Area of Otranto Via Imbriani -
- 13th-14th-15th August: SS Martyrs feast, a re-evocation of the
slaughter made by the Turkish in 1480.
- July: craftsmanship-exhibition: weaving, wrought iron, wood
- Town Hall of Otranto
Via Basilicata, 10 - Tel. 0836/8016