Castello Aragonese

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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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OneAddictedTraveler
Lake Elmo, MN4,110 contributions
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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ColleenCo
Pescara, Italy1,004 contributions
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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MikesWorld1111
Nice, France651 contributions
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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Ann T
Pascoe Vale, Australia1,108 contributions
Jul 2019
When we visited the castle there was a fascinating digital exhibition of Modigliani's work. One of us was outraged that the life size images were exactly that - not the originals. But I thought it was a wonderful way to get art to the people and the quality of the images was impressive. We spent more time in the gallery area that the historic aspects of the castle so can't comment on those.
Written September 8, 2019
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thaisfuncia
Sao Paulo, SP272 contributions
Jul 2019 • Family
We just loved the castle, but be aware that is a paid visit. the entire historic city center is great to visit.
Written August 4, 2019
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Norman L
Nahariya, Israel377 contributions
Jun 2019 • Couples
The castle affords views of the sea and the marina, and contains exhibition rooms of historic artifacts and interesting video presentations. We most looked forward to the Modigliani exhibit, and were not disappointed. The unique feature was that the artworks were a digital display, high-resolution images, all original size, and precisely color-matched. There are permanent displays including of the caves of southern Italy containing prehistoric paintings. well worth 10 euro admission.
Written June 15, 2019
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militaru89
Bucharest, Romania25 contributions
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
Luxembourg136 contributions
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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john8tea
Fukuoka, Japan105 contributions
Sep 2017 • Couples
The Castello Aragonese in Otranto is not the most spectacular castle in the Mediterranean, but it makes a pleasant visit, especially on a fine day for the splendid views from the battlements. There is not much remaining in the castle itself, but some of the rooms house an informative exhibition about prehistoric cultures in the region. The best thing about the castle, however, is the optional underground tour, which costs an extra Euro or two. For reasons that became obvious when we started it, the tour has to be guided and thus is set at fixed times during the day. We visited the main part of the castle by ourselves in the late morning and returned after lunch for the 3.00 tour. The guide had us put on construction hard hats with LED lights, which proved essential as we progressed through the maze of underground passages. The tour was in Italian, but we were given an audioguide, which was informative and interesting. The underground tour may not appeal to someone who gets claustrophobic, as the passages are sometimes narrow and the ceilings low. There were only six of us this time and it might get a bit more claustrophobic when there are more visitors in the summer months. We enjoyed it, however, and it reminded me very much of the mysterious dark passages in Walpole's The Castle of Otranto, the first Gothic novel. Above ground, the castle is all sunlight, space and vistas of the blue Adriatic, but underground it's a different, more spooky and Gothic world.
Written August 20, 2018
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DelphineMarie
Brugge, België38 contributions
Jun 2018 • Couples
The views from the castle are spectacular and we found the guided tour in the underground worthwhile. The audioguide however wasn't top.
The sightseeing above ground and exhibition rooms could be a lot better, it's a pity because the location has a lot of potential.
Written July 11, 2018
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