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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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  • The Italy has a historical and cultural heritage unique in the world ... beauties as the Aragonese castle of Otranto you see few! Was completely rebuilt immediately after the liberation in 1481, isolated from the town due to the moat, still visible today. Stately and imposing, it is worth to visit but ... only outside. Cost of ticket (€ 6, very little), the interiors are exploited bad ... often empty rooms or spaces used for exhibitions that have nothing to do with this wonderful property (exhibitions of contemporary art). But I say, with all the artifacts found and cataloged it cannot enrich the castle with paintings, tapestries and objects?! Or at least revive reproducing the uses of staze era! What a pity... There remains therefore that suggest to visit only the outside!
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  • the castle is kept in pristine condition. dominates the sea. the port, the country. is exploited with temporary exhibitions of international, national and local artists. also used for municipal events. stayed here in December and saw a beautiful view on the works of renato guttuso.
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  • We stayed at the Castle of Otranto by visiting the exhibition by Guttuso, the basement and the show on local prehistory with 3D movies. Highly recommended! Just wish the guide that has befallen that day was not exhaustive as other, as being told friends who have visited the dungeons in a different day and who have been told a lot more things and details about the history of this lovely place. From back then!
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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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