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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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  • Although the outside is impressive, the inside is just a bunch of rooms that are occasionally used for photographic exhibits. The gift shop is nothing to bother with either. 
  • Really interesting and well maintained. A visit crucial for those who went in the wonderful Otranto. Extraordinarily interesting exhibition on prehistoric, especially those coming from the so-called deer cave. Absolutely worth visiting, not one is disappointed. Well done even outfitting and multimedia services. Congratulations
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  • First you have to admire the enormous dimensions of the Castle. Possibly one of the greatest I've ever had the opportunity to visit. It is also very beautiful, with its solemn aspect, planted on the banks of the Canal of Otranto, Adriatic Sea. Impress your condition since they knew to take it for use of the population and visitors. So is that, inside, there are the Convention Center (two or three rooms), archaeological museum and art galleries. This without talking to the beautiful frescoes painted on the ceiling of one of the rooms.
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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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