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Castello Aragonese, Otranto

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Castello Aragonese is a medieval castle dating from 474 BCE, standing surrounded by water on a volcanic rock. A stone bridge connects the site to the main island. You enter through a long tunnel, which also holds a small chapel. There is an elevator to the top of the castle if you don’t want to walk. The view from the top is great for photos. Once inside, explore the gardens and the ancient hallways. Don’t miss the exhibits offering further information. To visit Castello Aragonese and get the most from your holiday in Otranto, create itinerary details personal to you using our Otranto holiday planner.
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  • Get to Otranto so enthusiastically and start fighting with the first parking (only) to try and pay is indeed disarming. A simple totem for parking which costs 1.50 euro/h which does not accept banknotes, you can not pay by any app, and greengrocers, fishmonger, bars and shops around doesn't change the coins. I was tempted to leave, or call the police and ask them how to do it. The rest is very nice, as all the Salento Otranto, unfortunately I do not know how to do.
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  • This is a beautiful, imposing and well maintained Aragonese castle which occupies a large part of old Otranto. The inside has some interesting findings, such as the library but has also empty rooms an...  more »
  • This summer, while on holiday in Puglia, we did stop to Otranto: gorgeous find! Very well maintained city monuments valued and beautiful sea. Among the attractions are the walls and the Aragonese castle. Place in the center of the city, near the port. Recently refurbished externally, also in I appeared well maintained. Access only at certain times, from above you can enjoy a splendid sea view. Recommended!
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  • The castle was quite impressive, you have to go on a tour and the tours are only in Italian, and very long winded if you do not understand a word. Tour 90 mins I left it after 15 mins very disappointed at not seeing most of the castle but was extremely bored. The tourist office said there would a mix of English and Italian on the tour, though having checked that's not true.
  • A real castle complete with moat, guns and various rooms: everything restored and easily accessed. The facility is used for multiple occasions both as a location for exhibitions (for example that of renowned photographer Steve McCurry) and for weddings. From the terrace you can give a beautiful look to Otranto and the fantastic panoramic sea that surrounds most of the look. Also from the Castle you can easily reach any area of the Centre of the village where you can stop to taste typical dishes and go for long walks in the company of the sea.
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  • Impressive defensive compound used for temporary exhibitions. Inside no historical reference to explain to tourists where you are located and the events that took place in the Castle. Now open the vaults. Even with the guidance it is hard to understand the historical context.
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  • Imposing Castle, very well restored, interesting to visit. The Interior is used as a high level exhibitions, eg. the current photo exhibition of renowned photographer Steve McCurry, until October.
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  • Very nice they then open a part that had never been visited before. Very impressive
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