Otranto Italy: Take A Tour With These Photos

Otranto Italy - Port
Otranto Italy: Take A Tour With These Photos – 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.

Otranto Italy: Take A Tour With These Photos

Otranto Italy - Streets of Otranto
Even though I was only in Otranto 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

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

Otranto Italy - Otranto Port
Walking along the port area in Otranto Italy, you’ll see bicyclists riding by and the stunning blue hues of the Adriatic Sea. You can easily imagine yourself spending warmer summer days at the beach. Otranto Italy - Otranto PortOtranto Italy - Otranto PortOtranto Italy - Otranto Port Boats
This is one of my favorite shots from my brief time in Otranto.

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

The Streets of Otranto Italy 

Otranto Italy - 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.

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Pasta, pasta and more pasta! I left with two bags, which I brought home to Canada with me. Better yet, they were only a couple of euros each.Otranto Italy - Pasta in Otranto

Otranto Cathedral

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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.

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Otranto Italy: 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 … can’t wait to be reunited with Italy, which is seemingly my one true love (as far as countries go).

Have you been Otranto? What did you think? Do you have any tips about where to eat or drink? Where to sleep? Drop us a comment below. 

Good to Know

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1) Book yourself on a guided tour when you’re in the Salento region:


2) Find a place to stay in Otranto:


3) If you’re spending time in the area, take a roadtrip across Salento and rent a car

4) If you like Otranto, read some of my other posts about the area:

💖 13 Reasons to Visit Brindisi and Why You Need to Go There Now – Thirteen reasons to visit Brindisi, a little known Italian town in Puglia, shown through Instagram photos. From grand cathedrals, an ancient roman column, a scenic seaside promenade, and more, there are plenty of reasons to visit this town in Italy.

💖 Instagramming Monopoli … and That Puglia Feeling – An introduction to Puglia and an Instagram tour of Monopoli, Italy.

💖 Weird and Offbeat Sites: The Skull Cathedral in Otranto – Otranto Cathedral has a dark and mysterious history, with a large tile floor mosaic with unknown meaning and an altar of skulls from 800 murdered martyrs.

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*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. This post also contains some affiliate links. If you book a tour, car rental, or hotel through any of these links, I’ll earn a tiny commission at no extra cost to you. Thanks for your support!

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  1. 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…. 🙂

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

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