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Castello Aragonese, Otranto
(3.7/5 based on 460+ reviews on the web)
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 Castle has been recently restored, although many rooms are for display. I recommend you see the basements along the ramparts: are suggestive because blinds and see with a helmet and with a guide.
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  • the castle can be visited both inside the walls in the basement. While externally you can turn yourself the basement is with a guided tour. It deserves because it explained very well
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  • My rating for this hotel is awful, given the low empathy of the staff. Limited information, little professionalism, empty spaces. I was told to see a photographic exhibition, (long gone), on the other hand, aside from empty rooms and walls bare I couldn't see anything. The only view was of little interest with a few panels. Money wasted.
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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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