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“In love with Otranto”

Borgo Antico di Otranto
Ranked #1 of 45 things to do in Otranto
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Florence, Italy
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166 reviews
93 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
“In love with Otranto”
Reviewed June 12, 2013

Otranto, especially due to the presence of the ancient village, was for me the most beautiful seaside city visited on my trip to Apulia. The village has a cozy atmosphere and is perfect for a visit in the evening, because it really comes alive with its many shops full of particular and characteristic souvenirs. Walking to the top of the ancient village you can admire a splendid view of the sea.

Visited August 2012
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Rome, Italy
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196 reviews
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“Otranto's heart.”
Reviewed April 1, 2013

It is, of course, the reason for which everyone goes to Otranto - besides the sea. And it lives up to its expectations: wonderful both in the morning (although it can get terribly hot) and at night, when is characterized by a nice traffic of locals and tourists.

Visited May 2012
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Luxembourg
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“To be seen”
Reviewed February 2, 2013

It is small but charming ! The fortress is usually used for exhibitions (2 years ago I saw a very good one on Picasso drawings, Tauomachia) but it is closed off-season. The mosaic pavement of the basilica it-s a must - everyone should see it cause it-s unique and extremely beautiful. Otranto is one of the small towns along Adriatic Italian coast that should not be overlooked when travelling there.

Visited November 2012
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Prague, Czech Republic
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“Monumental and very old”
Reviewed January 21, 2013

Fortress is very monumental, you can see there was some importance of this city and it´s harbor in the past, there were battles close to the City as well as in the City itself. It was founded by Greek settlers (its original name was Hydrus), twice was captured by Ottomans (1480 and 1537), later also by French garrison to watch English fleet...rich history could be seen on quality of walls and fortress itself. As everything in Otranto is small, you can easily walk from harbour to the fortress, around through narrow streets, without being tired...do not go there during national holidays (end of July/beg. of August), as the City is completely crowded by Italians.

Visited July 2012
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london
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“A terrrific town”
Reviewed October 12, 2012

We kept seeing tourists we had seen earlier in the day in Lecce - not many of them British, mind. Otranto is a great sightseeing visit, with lots of variety, including a beach. The old town is a delight with lovely surprises at every corner, although a little heavy on the shopping opportunities (every one the same) in some places

Visited September 2012
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