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"Otranto is a place where the sea and the sky meet in perfect harmony." – Massimo Troisi
Otranto is an idyllic out-of-the-way gem on Puglia's Adriatic coast. The skyline is dominated by the Aragonese Castle from the 15th century, and the 11th Duomo, but the city's roots go deep. Originally founded by the Greeks then incorporated into the Roman empire, Otranto became an important port connecting west and east. Rulers came and went, and nowadays Otranto is no longer a bustling port but a sleepy town with just five and a half thousand inhabitants.
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One of the highlights of the town is strolling its pedestrian historic center and its fortified city walls, your gaze torn between the whitewashed buildings and turquoise waters of the Adriatic sea. Just outside Otranto is Faro di Punta Palascia, a lighthouse at the easternmost point of Italy. Nearby beaches, Baia dei Turchi and Porto Badisco, are ideal for swimming in the crystal clear waters. Olive groves and vineyards provide a bucolic backdrop for bike rides or hikes in the surrounding countryside. Otranto's proximity to the sea means you're never far from a plate of excellent seafood, or the signature Puglian orechiette (little ear) pasta.

Where to stay in Otranto

Take your pick of boutique hotels in the historic town center, renovated fortified farms in the countryside close by, or a seafront resort a few miles out of town. Discuss your preferences with one of our travel advisors and we'll present the very best options for you as part of your customized Italy and Puglia trip package.
Historical Boutique Hotel  in Otranto
Historical Boutique Hotel
A historic residence near the sea, carefully renovated with splendid rooms with every amenity.
Modern 4-star hotel in Otranto
Modern 4-star hotel
An elegant hotel on a beautiful stretch of the Adriatic coast.
Elegant B&B in Otranto
Elegant B&B
This is a scenic and welcoming B&B in a beautiful natural setting.

Things to do in Otranto

Otranto is the perfect place to relax, enjoy some beach time, and revel in the atmosphere of southern Italian life, but we can keep you busy too. We think a walking tour is an essential if you want to understand the millennia of history that come alive with an expert local guide. If you've got a bigger appetite for history, you can add a trip to Gallipoli, an ancient Greek colony situated on the opposite side of the Salento peninsula, on Puglia's other sea, the Ionian. Or you could get active with a bike ride to discover the many natural and historic sites that lie just outside Otranto.
Otranto Private Walking Tour
Otranto Private Walking Tour
Otranto the Balcony of the East Cycling Group Tour
Otranto the Balcony of the East Cycling Group Tour
Otranto and Gallipoli Private Tour
Otranto and Gallipoli Private Tour
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