Join us in discovering Apulia and the ancient city of Otranto, who won the title as the Cultural Heritage Village. We will take you through this UNESCO city, exploring the treasures, traditions and the rich history of Otranto, such as the Aragonese Castle and the Otranto Cathedral.
The journey begins along the waterfront at the foot of the ancient village, passing the monument dedicated to the Martyrs through Porta Alfonsina, you will enter the old town where it is worthwhile to visit the Aragonese Castle and the Cathedral with the precious mosaic floor of' "Tree of Life" and the relics of 800 Martyrs whom were slayed by the Ottomans in 1480.
Otranto village is of Greek origin and many Empires have regarded the strategic location of Otranto. From being a Greek city to a Roman city to a Byzantine possession and later it was invaded in 1480 by the Ottomans. During this time, many Catholics refused to convert to Islam and were later beheaded for their refusal. There’s a memorial monument dedicated to the Martyrs of Otranto. The rich cultural heritage of Otranto can be seen in the architectural buildings, traditions and the impressive fortress of the Castello Aragonese.
The Castello Aragonese was reinforced by the Roman Emperor Frederick II. This well preserved Castle can still be seen with moats running along the entire perimeter and it still has its drawbridge. The cylindrical towers and bastion stand proudly guarding Otranto.
The Cathedral was built in the 11th century and is adorned with many colorful fine mosaic pavements. The Cathedral possesses an intricately detailed rose window and contains columns and pieces of stone work from the Temple of Minerva. The bones and relics of the Martyrs of Otranto are housed in the Cathedral beside the high altar. We will stop at the Byzantine church of St. Peter to admire the precious wall paintings. The path ends with a scenic walk along the ramparts and walls.
Meeting point information and local telephone numbers at your destination are included on your Confirmation Voucher.
We suggest to wear comfortable shoes and clothes.
At the end of the tour, it is possibile to have a food tasting, for an extracharge of 5 € per person, payable directly on the spot.