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Discovering the ancient town

At the eastern extremity of the Italian “boot,” Otranto was once a popular destination for cultural, artistic, and commercial trade between the West and East. Its old town, fortified to protect the town from marine invasions, can be accessed through the Alfonsina Gate.

Otranto’s ancient artistic and architectural treasures serve as evidence that this town once served a passageway for the Byzantine and Aragonese people, amongst others. The Argonese Castle was a military fortress built Ferdinand I of Aragon. Today the Castle holds exhibitions and cultural events.

Visit Otranto, its old town and its seaside, to experience a tale of history, art, and culture marked by time and the beauty of nature.

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