Otranto: 2-Hour Guided Walking Tour

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Otranto: 2-Hour Guided Walking Tour

From US$ 216.60 Per group up to 54

Explore the Greek, Roman, and Byzantine history of Otranto on a 2-hour walking tour, and see the major attractions of the “Gateway to the East.” Marvel at the Norman cathedral with its mosaic floor, see the bones of the Martyrs of Otranto, and more.

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Duration: 2 hours
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Experience

Highlights
  • Wander the historic streets of Otranto on the Salentina Peninsula
  • Discover the world's largest mosaic inside the Romanesque cathedral
  • Visit the Castle of Otranto for panoramic views across the Adriatic
  • See the bones and relics of the Martyrs of Otranto
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Described as the “Gateway to the East” and the most Oriental of all Italy’s cities, Otranto was founded by Greeks from Crete thousands of years ago. Explore this fascinating history on a 2-hour walking tour of all its main sights. Discover the Norman cathedral, consecrated in 1088 and still the largest Romanesque building in Apulia. Admire the mosaic floor, formed of thousands of pieces of stone that depict scenes from the Old Testament and figures from Breton legends. Admire columns that are said to have come from a Temple of Minerva, and the bones and relics of the Martyrs of Otranto, who perished in the 15th-century siege of the city. Marvel at the 42 marble columns that support the crypt, and more. Continue to the Church of St. Peter and the Aragonese Castle, reinforced by Emperor Frederick II and rebuilt by Alphonso II of Naples in 1485-1498. Look at the irregular plan of 5 sides, with a moat that runs along the entire perimeter. Enjoy the panoramic views out to sea. If the weather is good you can see all the way across the Adriatic to Greece and Albania.
Includes
  • Certified guide
  • Transfers
  • Food and drinks
COVID-19 Special information
  • To reduce crowds, the number of visitors is limited
  • Masks are required, please bring your own

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Meet your guide at Via San Francesco di Paola 10, Otranto

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  • Transfer from/to Bari or Brindisi Airport or Port available on request
  • All excursions are non-refundable within 48 hours of the scheduled date
Customer reviews

Overall rating

5 / 5

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Fabio is passionate about his City and that made it come alive for us!

Fabio combined the history of the area with the beautiful setting to make it a memorable experience. We never would have appreciated the beautiful mosaic floor at the Cathedral, and after spending time with him we went back again to spend more time. He showed us views we never could have located and recommended a restaurant that has been our favorite so far-L’Altro Baffo. We would highly recommend him!

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September 21, 2018

Exzellent in allen Details

Wir buchen sehr oft Privatführungen. Die Tour in Otranto war eine der besten Führungen, die wir in den letzten Jahren genießen konnten. Unser Guide: sympathisch, aufgeschlossen, witzing, kompetent. Die Dame ist sehr gut auf unsere Kinder, die sich manchmal dann auch schnell langweilen, eingegangen und hat uns alle begeistert. Auch die gesamte Organisiation und Kommunikation im Vorfeld war hervorragend.

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September 13, 2019

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Ottima guida preparata e coinvolgente

October 1, 2018

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