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 other attractions in Otranto, use our Otranto road trip site .
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  • Priced at €15 per person booked a guided visit around the Castle, its outer parts with amazing view over the city of Otranto and its port, the basement and the Interior rooms that housed the permanent and temporary exhibitions, all inclusive. The only part that includes guided tour are the dungeons. I was happy with everything. The price does not seem excessive in relation to everything we saw. Recommended to all.
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  • If you visit Otranto you have to see the Castle. Often there are exhibitions like right now and therefore the entrance is charged.
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  • Went back for the third time at this castle, the last time we had sworn to ourselves not to go back, then the view of Caravaggio made us rethink, but the view is not quite clear, the lights are placed badly, creating a play of light that does not enhance the paintings, of minor artists and not by Caravaggio! The price for access to the exhibition and part of the castle is really overdone, recently visited the Museum Marta di Taranto where the price is much lower but we remain amazed at the wonderful finds! The castle of Otranto instead though impressive doesn't do justice to the visitors, and the terraces of night are left in the dark although visitable! then you may stumble without even noticing anything! "culture is not this!
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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.
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  • Obviously, as a tourist passing through, you can't avoid it. Apart from the sheer size and nice view from the roof, there's not a lot. The price of admission, even during exhibitions, is a little high.
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  • If you have a free hour.
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  • Very well maintained with interactive displays inside. The secret can be visited only with a guide.
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