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Ancient village of Otranto

Antico Borgo di Otranto

The city of Otranto, on the Adriatic coast of Salento, is known above all for its ancient village, as charming as few. The typical urban structure of the town is in fact original and particular, made up of a maze of streets, a labyrinth of alleys, narrow streets, sudden turns and blind streets.

In the heart of the ancient village, the basilica of St. Peter is located and, in the highest area, there are the Cathedral and the Seminary. The Aragonese Castle is located towards the sea.

Among other things, at the edges of some houses, located among the suggestive alleys, you can find here and there, imposing granite spheres, war remnants dating back to 1480 when the Saracens bombed the city. Since then no one has removed them and they are there to remind everyone of the tragedy that struck the people of Otranto.

Do not miss the many typical bars, restaurants and pizzerias; very suggestive are those that overlook the port from the ramparts, giving the pleasure of tasting a typical dish while enjoying the splendid view of the sea. Once you have visited the large buildings you can stop and take a walk along the narrow streets with the shops selling typical products, objects carved in Lecce stone, necklaces made of shells where you can easily find the thought to take home.