Castello Aragonese Otranto

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Castello Aragonese Otranto

Castello Aragonese Otranto
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The Majestic castle of Otranto is the symbol of the town; it was built at the end of the XV century and it has been renovated over the centuries. Today, after an impressive renovation, the castle houses cultural events; exhibitions and an archeological museum.
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MikesWorld1111
Nice, France649 contributions
A "must see" in Otranto
Aug. 2020
Well maintained castle with a superb view of the city from its ramparts and an impressive exhibition by a local artist which developed in all the rooms on the second floor.
Written 28 August 2020
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Ann T
Pascoe Vale, Australia1,108 contributions
Fascinating art exhibition
Jul. 2019
When we visited the castle there was a fascinating digital exhibition of Modigliani's work. One of us was outraged that the life size images were exactly that - not the originals. But I thought it was a wonderful way to get art to the people and the quality of the images was impressive. We spent more time in the gallery area that the historic aspects of the castle so can't comment on those.
Written 8 September 2019
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thaisfuncia
Sao Paulo, SP249 contributions
Very Nice Castle
Jul. 2019 • Family
We just loved the castle, but be aware that is a paid visit. the entire historic city center is great to visit.
Written 4 August 2019
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Norman L
Nahariya, Israel377 contributions
An imposing fortress, a unique art exhibit
Jun. 2019 • Couples
The castle affords views of the sea and the marina, and contains exhibition rooms of historic artifacts and interesting video presentations. We most looked forward to the Modigliani exhibit, and were not disappointed. The unique feature was that the artworks were a digital display, high-resolution images, all original size, and precisely color-matched. There are permanent displays including of the caves of southern Italy containing prehistoric paintings. well worth 10 euro admission.
Written 15 June 2019
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militaru89
Bucharest, Romania25 contributions
Not worth the 10 EUR entry fee!
Sep. 2018 • Couples
The castle is exactly at the entry in the historical center of Otranto. It does have a decent view of the sea and of the port, but it is not worth to pay the 10 EUR entry fee. You can get the same views without paying if you stroll a bit. All in all, it is rather dull.
Written 2 October 2018
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hholbein
Luxembourg136 contributions
Nice restoration but poor programming
Mar. 2018
Very imposing fortress that was nicely restored recently. The temporary exhibition I saw there was rather dull. The permanent part, about the local caves and ancient artifacts was more interesting. In many ways this place exemplifies the Italian dilemma: amazing old buildings but lack of useful use for them.
Written 29 August 2018
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john8tea
Fukuoka, Japan105 contributions
Sunlit above, Gothic below!
Sep. 2017 • Couples
The Castello Aragonese in Otranto is not the most spectacular castle in the Mediterranean, but it makes a pleasant visit, especially on a fine day for the splendid views from the battlements. There is not much remaining in the castle itself, but some of the rooms house an informative exhibition about prehistoric cultures in the region. The best thing about the castle, however, is the optional underground tour, which costs an extra Euro or two. For reasons that became obvious when we started it, the tour has to be guided and thus is set at fixed times during the day. We visited the main part of the castle by ourselves in the late morning and returned after lunch for the 3.00 tour. The guide had us put on construction hard hats with LED lights, which proved essential as we progressed through the maze of underground passages. The tour was in Italian, but we were given an audioguide, which was informative and interesting. The underground tour may not appeal to someone who gets claustrophobic, as the passages are sometimes narrow and the ceilings low. There were only six of us this time and it might get a bit more claustrophobic when there are more visitors in the summer months. We enjoyed it, however, and it reminded me very much of the mysterious dark passages in Walpole's The Castle of Otranto, the first Gothic novel. Above ground, the castle is all sunlight, space and vistas of the blue Adriatic, but underground it's a different, more spooky and Gothic world.
Written 20 August 2018
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DelphineMarie
Brugge, België38 contributions
Visit the Underground!
Jun. 2018 • Couples
The views from the castle are spectacular and we found the guided tour in the underground worthwhile. The audioguide however wasn't top.
The sightseeing above ground and exhibition rooms could be a lot better, it's a pity because the location has a lot of potential.
Written 11 July 2018
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Steveage
Rexburg, ID3,269 contributions
Do not waste your time
Oct. 2017 • Family
This castle is amazing... from the outside. Built in the late 15th century, the coat of arms of Charles V is visible outside the front door. Believe me, that's the best thing about this castle. There is one remaining fresco we could find. 10 euros for entrance? For what? What a joke, what a rip-off! There is literally nothing inside, maybe in the basement there is something, but that'll cost you more to get into. This site should be free, the best it has to offer is a nice view of the surrounding area. Save your money and time.
Written 27 June 2018
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Michael R
Bury St. Edmunds, UK53 contributions
Wonderful castle which is at the historic centre of Otranto
May 2018 • Friends
We spent a week with friends in the Salento region of Puglia staying in an apartment near the old town. The castle is huge and dominates the intertwining alleys and the port. It is part of the 15th century fortifications that gives Otranto its defensive character. There are often exhibitions on show and rooms showing films of its history. From its parapets there are excetional views of the town, the surrounding countryside, the port and the beaches.
Within the narrow lanes are other tourist sites. The Romanesque Cathedral is well worth a visit. In 1480 the Turkish Ottomans attacked the town and, although a courageous stand was made by the locals, they were finally overwhelmed by superior numbers. 813 Christians, who refused to convert to Islam, were slaughtered after sheltering in the Cathedral and their sculls are now on view in the reliquary which serves as a reminder of how brutal the religious wars were in the 15th century.
Hidden amongst the alleys is the Byzantine Chiesa di San Pietro which houses interesting frescoes. Check the times of opening as it is closed during mid-day.
The busiest lanes are full of restaurants, bars and shops all housed within ancient structures. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and absorbed a great deal of history as well as relaxing in the many piazzas with a cooling drink.
Written 23 May 2018
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