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Otranto Interesting : 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.

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Tourist attractions Otranto : Things to see and do

  • Cattedrale (Cathedral) Interesting

    Piazza della Cattedrale I - 73028 Otranto

    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..

  • Old Town

    Piazza della Cattedrale I - 73028 Otranto

    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..

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Hotels Otranto

  • Hotel La Plancia Three stars Three stars Three stars

    Via Sforza 1/7 I - 73028 Otranto

    Prix Prices from : 49 €

    Just 5 metres from La Castellana public beach, La Plancia is 10 minutes' walk from Otranto centre. It features a private garden with terrace and air-conditioned rooms with sea views. Your room is colourful and comfortable with a TV, minibar and a pr..

  • Hotel La Punta

    Vico A. Sforza N. 18 I - 73028 Otranto

    La Punta is an eco-friendly hotel in the Salento region, 200 metres from the beach and marina of Otranto. It offers a large outdoor terrace, and bikes are available to rent at reception. Rooms are brightly decorated and are equipped with air conditi..

  • Hotel Villa Rosa Antico

    Strada Statale 16 S.N.C. I - 73028 Otranto

    The Rosa Antico is a 16th-century villa built on the hills surrounding Otranto. Set among orange groves, the villa offers free Wi-Fi. Rooms at the Hotel Villa Rosa Antico have a balcony, a minibar and a flat screen TV with satellite channels. Some h..

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Restaurants Otranto

  • Atlantis-Bel Ami Comfortable restaurant 

    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.

  • Retrogusto Quite comfortable restaurant 

    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..

  • Degli Haethey Restaurant within a Michelin recommended hotel (or restaurant) 

    via Sforza 33 I - 73028 Otranto

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