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Otranto: 2-Hour Guided Walking Tour

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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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  • 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.
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What’s Not Included
  • Transfers
  • Food and drinks

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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

From US$ 219.06 Per group up to 54

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