The old town

From a structural point of view Otranto also extends beyond the walls of the historic city, forming a kind of bay at the end of which you are the harbor, with the castle and the ancient ramparts. The old town is well preserved streets with very welcoming and personable that deserve special attention. With the help of a map we suggest you take the city to discover fascinating sights, arches and balconies in Baroque style. Very popular are the stone balls used by the bombers Turks during the siege of 1480, and now used as decoration on the sides of the gates of the palaces. Among the most monuments known and worthy of note: the Aragonese Castle; the Cathedral of Otranto, in which you can admire the mosaic floor of the largest in Europe and the St. Peter's Church. Within walking distance of Otranto we must mention also: theSt Nicholas Abbey; the Byzantine crypts scattered throughout the area; the Menhirs of St. Paul in Giurdignano and the Valley of Memories, places worthy of a thorough examination of the beauties of Salento rich in history, culture and traditions.