Cape Palascia, Otranto

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Cape Palascìa, commonly known as Capo d'Otranto, is Italy's most easterly point. It is situated in the territory of the Apulian city of Otranto, in the Province of Lecce at 40° 7' northing and 18° 31' easting.LighthouseThe lighthouse there was built in 1867 and abandoned in the 1970s but and reopened to tourists in 2008, where it hosts the Centre on Environment and Health of the Mediterranean ecosystems and a multimedia museum of the sea. It is one of five Mediterranean lighthouses protected by the European Commission. It is often visited by tourists, especially at New Year, since it stands at the point where the dawn of the new year may first be seen in Italy.According to nautical conventions, Capo d'Otranto marks the point where the Ionian Sea and the Adriatic Sea meet.
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  • CAPO d'Otranto or Punta Palascìa is the junction between the Ionian Sea and the Adriatic, as well as being the eastern end of the Italian peninsula. In fact, when the day is sunny, it is possible to see with the naked eye the coast of Albania. Very lovely and quaint.
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  • We went with a school class, great experience! Lovely place and very impressive! Steeped in history, unmissable destination for those visiting Otranto!
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  • Outstanding observation point for the entrance of the Harbour, and sea zzurro like never before in a port ... beautiful.
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