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Otranto is a picturesque little town located in the Salento region of south east Italy.

It has a small harbour but does very little trade these days.  It was more important in Roman times being the closest port to the eastern coast of the Adriatic.

There is plenty to see in this little historic town such as the The Castello Aragonese rebuilt back in 1498 and is interesting in so far as it has five sides and is surrounded by a moat.  The Cathedral was consecrated as far back as 1088 and has a wonderful mosaic floor, rose window and crypt supported by forty-two marble columns.  The Byzantine frescoes are well worth a visit in the Church of San Pietro as are the catacombs of Torre Pinta.

It is a popular holiday destination for Italians and has a relaxed atmosphere, renowned for its beauty and crystal blue waters and rocks ideal for diving off.  The sandy beaches are not large and can get quite crowded in the summer months.  To the north you can find other sandy beaches such as Baia dei Turchi and Laghi Alimini, which are large lakes close to the sea.  Porto Badisco offers a lovely rocky cove.


The closest airport is Brindisi 95 km away (about an hour and a half drive) with the larger Bari 210 km away (about a 2 hour 40 minute drive).  Both airports have flights out of the UK and other European cities.  There is also a rail service from Maglie operated by the Ferrovie Sud Est (FSE), but it is rather slow.  It does not operate on Sundays, when you will need to take a bus.

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