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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  • Built by Alfonso of Aragon between 1485 and il1498, on previous fortifications subsequent alterations and Swabian operated by the Turkish invaders around al1480. Under the Aragonese, the castle was surrounded by a moat and three pentagonal towers were added, but irregular, because of subsequent remakes of the 16th century.
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  • One of the symbols of the city, very nice more than a castle is a village, be held is a pleasant walk
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  • The Aragonese castle of Otranto is the symbol of the city, placed in the historic center, is really impressive, the walls you can enjoy unparalleled views of the sea of Otranto Caribbean colours.
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  • Very pretty place with a nice history. Offers an excellent view of the harbor below.
  • A beautiful historical monument that shows the cultural influences of the ancient Salento
  • Historically places and past pictures very big large building..
  • Beautiful piece of Italian history
  • Worst tourist trap ever. There is not a single explanation about the castle insise of it, so even if you buy the ticket you won't understand what you see. So you'll have to rent an audio guide. The photo exposition is very nice...but no explanation at all. So again, a new audio guide to rent (it's a separate one each time). You want to visit the undeground? Impossible without a new ticket. And you can't go there without a guide. Of course if you want to have explanations about the place, it's another audio guide. Castle looked nice in any case, ans audio guides are well made. Nice trap.

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Most accommodations in Otranto lie on the outskirts of the historical center of town, located to the southeast of the main train station. Here, you'll find some upscale hotels and inns occupying old buildings, with decorated rooms and fantastic views of the surrounding architecture. Some more modestly priced options can certainly be found, just outside of the true historical center or along the coast to the north of town. These include guesthouses and the occasional family-friendly resort.
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