Castello Aragonese
Castello Aragonese
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The Majestic castle of Otranto is the symbol of the town; it was built at the end of the XV century and it has been renovated over the centuries. Today, after an impressive renovation, the castle houses cultural events; exhibitions and an archeological museum.
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ColleenCo
Pescara, Italy1,162 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
I had the privilege of walking around the castle with a guide who explained how and why this castle was built along with its features. Really interesting!
It is essentially a fortress which was very
Modern for its time when built. I recommend visiting with a guide to better understand how this castle was able to keep its invaders away. Very unique!
Written September 19, 2021
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Brun066
Florence, Italy13,204 contributions
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Mar 2016 • Couples
The Otranto Castle is a mighty fortress (not coincidentally the omonymous gothic novel by Horace Walpole, 1764, takes place here), in which the oldest part of those currently visible (a tower and partially the walls) is the result of work undertaken by the Aragonese kings of Naples, from 1485 on.
In 1480 Otranto was conquered by the Turks, led by Achmed Pasha, and most of the inhabitants had been massacred; then the strengthening of the castle takes place quite late. However, it is almost certain that the work involved a great military architect of the fifteenth century, Francesco di Giorgio Martini from Siena.
The current appearance (inter alia, the powerful polygonal bastions in addition to the four circular towers of the primitive plant) is due however to the work undertaken on the sixteenth century, when the Kingdom of Naples yet has become Viceroy under the Spanish Crown.
I realized that the restoration of the castle was completed very recently, and actually the building is very well maintained.
However, the official descriptions of the castle talk about suggestive underground environments; and it's also known that in the castle many important temporary exhibitions take place. But at the time of our visit there weren't exhibitions, nor visits were allowed over some rooms of the ground and of the first floor, as I said well kept, but almost completely bare.
So I think on the one hand an opening of a greater number of rooms, on the other a better illustration (by brochures, information boards ...) of the history and structure of this impressive monument, could greatly improve the attractiveness of the castle, now somewhat lacking.
Written March 25, 2016
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MikesWorld1111
Milan, Italy709 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
Well maintained castle with a superb view of the city from its ramparts and an impressive exhibition by a local artist which developed in all the rooms on the second floor.
Written August 28, 2020
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militaru89
Bucharest, Romania25 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2018 • Couples
The castle is exactly at the entry in the historical center of Otranto. It does have a decent view of the sea and of the port, but it is not worth to pay the 10 EUR entry fee. You can get the same views without paying if you stroll a bit. All in all, it is rather dull.
Written October 2, 2018
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hholbein
Luxembourg142 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018
Very imposing fortress that was nicely restored recently. The temporary exhibition I saw there was rather dull. The permanent part, about the local caves and ancient artifacts was more interesting. In many ways this place exemplifies the Italian dilemma: amazing old buildings but lack of useful use for them.
Written August 29, 2018
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Michael R
Bury St. Edmunds, UK49 contributions
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May 2018 • Friends
We spent a week with friends in the Salento region of Puglia staying in an apartment near the old town. The castle is huge and dominates the intertwining alleys and the port. It is part of the 15th century fortifications that gives Otranto its defensive character. There are often exhibitions on show and rooms showing films of its history. From its parapets there are excetional views of the town, the surrounding countryside, the port and the beaches.
Within the narrow lanes are other tourist sites. The Romanesque Cathedral is well worth a visit. In 1480 the Turkish Ottomans attacked the town and, although a courageous stand was made by the locals, they were finally overwhelmed by superior numbers. 813 Christians, who refused to convert to Islam, were slaughtered after sheltering in the Cathedral and their sculls are now on view in the reliquary which serves as a reminder of how brutal the religious wars were in the 15th century.
Hidden amongst the alleys is the Byzantine Chiesa di San Pietro which houses interesting frescoes. Check the times of opening as it is closed during mid-day.
The busiest lanes are full of restaurants, bars and shops all housed within ancient structures. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and absorbed a great deal of history as well as relaxing in the many piazzas with a cooling drink.
Written May 23, 2018
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John C
Sydney, Australia560 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2016 • Couples
A very well preserved fortress which is the basis of the visit to this site. In the middle of restoration work, this site will be a very welcome addition to this very nice town once the work is completed.

Great views of the sea and surrounding area once you get to its highest parts and it is well worth the effort to do so.

Well worth a visit if you are in this location.
Written July 29, 2016
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MarcoPescara_10
Pescara, Italy32,910 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2012 • Couples
Questo Castello e' un esempio dell'imponenza degli spagnoli nel sud Italia. Il castello e' veramente impressionante ma ha perso tutto il suo fascino. L'ultimo restauro lo ha trasformato in qualcosa di diverso, sembra una location per dei film ma senza dar l'aria di esserlo. Tutto e' terribilmente nuovo e spoglio. Un'occasione persa per far fare ai turisti un salto nel passato.

This casle was a strategic place for the Spanish couple of century ago. It was a very impressive castle. Now it is only a castle, stones. It has been arranged but without respect the original style. It looks like a cinema reconstruction. There is nothing that help the visitor to imagine how was the life in the castle.
Written March 11, 2012
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GSM
Heiloo, The Netherlands813 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Couples
Beaufiful building with magnificent views over Otranto and its Harbour. good amenities and friendly staff. Well worth the visit!
Written May 14, 2022
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OneAddictedTraveler
Lake Elmo, MN4,123 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
This Spanish era fortress has a well preserved exterior. It was built to protect the southern coast of Puglia. No special exhibits were available so we viewed only the exterior.
Written October 15, 2021
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