Things to see and do - Otranto
Otranto Travel guide
Otranto : Michelin's recommendations
Otranto lies at the end of the “heel” of Italy. Greek influence was so strong here that even today inhabitants speak a dialect which is similar to Greek. The town was once the capital of the last remaining Byzantine stronghold, the “Terra d'Otranto”, which held out against the Lombards, and then the Normans, before being vanquished by Mohammed II in the 15C. During this siege, the town's inhabitants were killed on a hill, the Colle della Minerva, where a sanctuary was later built in their memory.
Tourist attractions Otranto : Things to see and do
Piazza della Cattedrale
Built in the 12 C and altered in the15 C, it has an amazing mosaic pavement created between 1163 and 1165 by a priest, Pantaleone: the decoration in almost primitive shapes is fascinating both for the freshness of the colours as well as for the livel..
Piazza della Cattedrale
There is an attractive view from the northeast pier of the port: perched on a cliff, the "old town" is dominated by the Aragonese castle, its trapezoidal form flanked by huge cylindrical towers. It is accessed through the Porta di Terra and..
Via Rondachi 1 I - 73028 Otranto
Offering a rooftop terrace with hot tub, Hotel Palazzo Papaleo is next to Otranto Cathedral, a few steps from the sea. This historic building now has a contemporary design with marble, mosaic and chrome. Rooms are bright and spacious and have an ele..
Via Pantaleone Presbitero,62 I - 73028 Otranto
Hotel Pietra Verde is just a 10-minute walk from the beach in Otranto. It offers air-conditioned rooms with free Wi-Fi, and a large terrace for breakfast and evening drinks. All rooms at Pietra Verde offer TV and a minibar. Most have a private patio..
Via Catona I - 73028 Otranto
Right in the heart of Otranto, stylish Vittoria Hotel Resort & Spa features a luxury wellness centre, gym, and a summer swimming pool. Rooms have a private terrace, and internet and parking are free. The Vittoria has a fresh, contemporary design and..
via Tenente Eula 7 I - 73028 Otranto
Although this restaurant is slightly set back from the seafront, the high quality cuisine focusing on the flavours of the Salento makes the short walk well worthwhile. A classic ambience with simple yet tasteful furniture, soft background music and a..
via Sforza 33 I - 73028 OTRANTO
litoranea Otranto-S.Cesarea Terme I - 73028 OTRANTO
Via Porto Craulo I - 73028 Otranto
Delicious fish dishes, including raw fish and seafood specialities, are served in this restaurant on the beach with its own private bathing establishment. Beautiful location.