Europe, Italy, Otranto

A Photo Tour of Otranto, Italy.

April 5, 2014
Otranto Port

Otranto is one of the most gorgeous towns in Salento, Italy. It sits on the easternmost edge of Italy’s coast and for this reason, remained one of Italy’s most conquered locations for many centuries. The lingering medieval fortifications are now a modern-day tourist attraction.

Even though I was only there for a few hours, I long to return so I can spend more time exploring its historical monuments (ahem, castles and cathedrals!), wandering the cobblestoned streets and sampling regional cuisine.

Allow the romance and beauty of this place to take hold of your heart, as it did mine. Come and join me on a photo journey of Otranto.

Castello Aragonese

Castello Aragonese, once the heart of the town’s defensive capabilities, now serves as a cultural venue which hosts events and art exhibits.

I think it would be an incredible place to get married! I’m not really sure if they allow for weddings there, but a girl can dream …


Castle of Otranto Castle of Otranto
The castle is surrounded by a large moat, thankfully now dried up and not stinking up the town as it would have during medieval times. 


Castle of Otranto As you walk through the castle, you’re led down to the sea.

Castle of Otranto

Castle of Otranto

Port of Otranto

Walking along the port area, you’ll see bicyclists riding by and the stunning blue hues of the Adriatic Sea.

Otranto Port

Otranto Port

Otranto Port

Otranto Port

This is one of my favorite shots from my brief time in Otranto.

Otranto Port


Otranto PortThis modern-art boat installation seemed out of place in its surroundings but was still quite interesting.

Otranto Port

Streets of Otranto

Walking these cobblestoned streets of the historical center, you almost want to pinch yourself. You’ll wonder if the charm of these streets and this town are real and not something that you invented in your dreams.

Like this, my other favorite shot of a classic Fiat.

Streets of Otranto
Streets of Otranto

Streets of Otranto

Pasta, pasta and more pasta! I left with two bags, which I brought home to Canada with me. They were only a couple of euros each.

Pasta in Otranto

Otranto Cathedral

One of the more enjoyable things to do in Otranto is visit the weird and offbeat Skull Cathedral. There’s an altar of human skulls and a large tile floor mosaic with unknown meaning.

Otranto Cathedral

Otranto Cathedral

The Final Word

This place is much more happening during the spring and summer months, when warmer weather brings the locals out to play, as well as the tourists.

I’d love nothing more than to enjoy endless days at the beach, tasty dinners outside with a view of the Adriatic, walking hand in hand with a tall, dark handsome stranger under the stars …

I’m dreaming again! Alas, I’ll be back to Salento in October. Can’t wait to be reunited with Italy, which is seemingly my one true love (as far as countries go).

Good to Know

  1. Otranto isn’t far away from other towns in Puglia. Read all about my stay in Brindisi and my visit to Monopoli.
  2. Learn all about the so-called Skull Cathedral, which is said to be the scariest cathedral in the entire world.
  3. Tours of Salento, including Otranto, can be arranged through Agrifeudi – a new tour operator which offers highly specialized travel experiences throughout the region. These “rooting” experiences as they’ve come to call them will lead you to understand Salento on a deeper and more emotional level, putting you in touch with the history and ancient traditions of the region.

Location

* Disclosure – My time in Salento was complimentary, courtesy of Agrifeudi. Any opinions expressed about my love for Otranto and romantic Italy, are entirely my own. 

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17 Comments

  • Reply Satu VW / Destination Unknown April 6, 2014 at 7:21 am

    Italy in general is gorgeous, it’s so full of these kind of little towns and villages I’ve never heard of, but which would all be worth a visit! I especially loved that street image with the Fiat, soooo Italian…. 🙂

    • Reply Cheryl Howard April 6, 2014 at 2:36 pm

      Yes, the Fiat image is classic Italy. I hope you can make it to Otranto someday, it’s well worth the visit. 🙂

  • Reply Junalin April 7, 2014 at 1:12 am

    Good shot! Very nice place.

    • Reply Cheryl April 7, 2014 at 9:53 am

      Thank you so much Junalin!

  • Reply EuroTripTips April 7, 2014 at 9:26 am

    Love the street photos! So typically Italian.

    • Reply Cheryl April 7, 2014 at 9:55 am

      Thank you so much! I love the Fiat shot especially.

  • Reply Mary@GreenGlobalTravel April 11, 2014 at 12:16 am

    Otranto is definitely gorgeous. The architecture is so regal. Haha And who know perhaps you will meet your tall handsome stranger and be able to get married at Castello Aragonese.

    • Reply Cheryl Howard April 11, 2014 at 2:06 am

      Mary, I certainly hope so! I’m still waiting. 😉

  • Reply Devlin @ Marginal Boundaries April 22, 2014 at 3:54 pm

    mmm those dried pastas look great, are those sweets behind and underneath them? I see something that says “al chocolato” mmm.

  • Reply fabio April 30, 2014 at 5:50 am

    Cheryl! Great post about Otranto. I live in Lecce and usually go the one of my favourite Salento beach which is near Otranto: the Turkish Bay (Baia dei Turchi), go there please, it’s a paradise! If you’ll come in october here and want to discover the great negroamaro and primitivo region near Lecce or the Ionio coast with sandy beaches just ask me 😉 A presto, Fabio.

    • Reply Cheryl Howard April 30, 2014 at 10:17 pm

      Thank you Fabio! I must admit, that I fell in love with Puglia and in particular Salento. I’m not yet sure if I’ll be there in October but if I do return, I’ll drop you a line! It would be great to have a wine drinking companion of course, especially if I can consume copious amounts of primitivo! Mmmmm, so good.

  • Reply Jennifer May 8, 2014 at 5:16 pm

    Those first couple of images remind of me the castle in Belgrade, Serbia.

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