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Discover Otranto and its Countryside by Bike

Discover Otranto and its Countryside by Bike - Otranto, Italy

Duration: 8 hours
Location: Otranto, Italy

From USD
$74.92

Experience an amazing bike tour across Otranto and Salento countryside. Taste some local delicacies and live authentic experiences in Puglia.

After meeting your guide and small group, and being matched with a suitable bike, saddle up for a thrilling tour of the Salento Peninsula ... More info ›

Experience an amazing bike tour across Otranto and Salento countryside. Taste some local delicacies and live authentic experiences in Puglia.

After meeting your guide and small group, and being matched with a suitable bike, saddle up for a thrilling tour of the Salento Peninsula.  

Follow a scenic route through the Idro valley, stopping to admire landmarks such as the St. Mauro Crypt, and exploring off the beaten track along dirt trails. Continue to Casamassella and pay a visit to the Costantine Foundation, a center dedicated to organic farming and traditional weaving with old looms.

The next stop is Giurdignano, Salento's principal megalithic site, where you can explore the many dolmens and menhirs. Continue to Giuggianello, where you will visit the beautiful botanic garden 'La Cutura', home to hundreds of Mediterranean, tropical, and subtropical plant species.

Stop at a local bakery for a delicious lunch, then continuing cycling to Porto Badisco, where you'll have chance to relax on the beach or cool off with a swim. It is also possible to rent canoes.

Finally, bike back along the magnificent coastal road towards Otranto, stopping to see the fortified farmhouse of Cippano, the Punta Palascìa lighthouse, the easternmost point of Italy, and a peculiar lake in a disused bauxite quarry.

Return to Otranto in the late afternoon.

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Private Tour: Otranto Guided Walking Tour

Private Tour: Otranto Guided Walking Tour - Otranto, Italy

Duration: 2 hours
Location: Otranto, Italy

From USD
$175.24

Guided tour in Otranto, one of the most important town of the Salento, in the Apulia region, southern Italy. Discover the historical center of Otranto with a certified tour guide. Pleasant walk through the street in old town, with a visit to the local craft shops, visit the Cathedral with its wonderful mosaics and the castle.

The city tour will take you to discover the Norman Cathedral, consecrated in 1088, a work of Count Roger I adorned later (about 1163), by Bishop Jonathas, with a mosaic floor, it has a rose window and side portal of 1481. The interior, a basilica with ship and two aisles, contains columns said to come from a temple of Minerva and a fine mosaic pavement of 1166, with interesting representations of the months, Old Testament subjects and others ... More info ›

Guided tour in Otranto, one of the most important town of the Salento, in the Apulia region, southern Italy. Discover the historical center of Otranto with a certified tour guide. Pleasant walk through the street in old town, with a visit to the local craft shops, visit the Cathedral with its wonderful mosaics and the castle.

The city tour will take you to discover the Norman Cathedral, consecrated in 1088, a work of Count Roger I adorned later (about 1163), by Bishop Jonathas, with a mosaic floor, it has a rose window and side portal of 1481. The interior, a basilica with ship and two aisles, contains columns said to come from a temple of Minerva and a fine mosaic pavement of 1166, with interesting representations of the months, Old Testament subjects and others. Bones and relics of the Martyrs of Otranto, who perished in the 15th-century siege surround the high altar. The church has a crypt supported by forty-two marble columns. The same Count Roger founded a Basilian monastery also here, Which, under Abbot Nicetas, became a place of study, the ITS library was nearly all bought by Bessarion .

After seeing the cathedral you will visit the Church of St. Peter and Castle , reinforced by Emperor Frederick II and rebuilt by Alphonso II of Naples in 1485-1498 . It has an irregular plan with five sides , with a moat running along the Entire perimeter . In origin it had a single entrance , reachable through a draw- bridge. Towers features three cylindrical ones and a bastion called Punta Diamante ( "Diamond 's Head "). The entrance sports the coat of arms of Emperor Charles V.

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Private Tour: Otranto day Trip from Brindisi

Private Tour: Otranto day Trip from Brindisi - Otranto, Italy

Duration: 5 hours
Location: Otranto, Italy

From USD
$444.44

Discover Otranto with private round-trip transportation from Brindisi, one of the most important town of the Salento, in the Apulia region, southern Italy. Wander the alleyways for hidden treasures ... More info ›

Discover Otranto with private round-trip transportation from Brindisi, one of the most important town of the Salento, in the Apulia region, southern Italy. Wander the alleyways for hidden treasures. Pleasant walk through the street in old town, with a visit to the local craft shops. Visit the Cathedral with its wonderful mosaics and the castle. Relax with private, round-trip transport in an air-conditioned minivan.

We will pick you up from any location in Brindisi such as hotels, private villas, bed and breakfast, train station, airport or the port and our professional driver will take you to Otranto. Here there will be a licensing guide waiting for you and starting the walking tour.

The town tour will take you to discover the Norman Cathedral , consecrated in 1088, a work of Count Roger I adorned later (about 1163), by Bishop Jonathas , with a mosaic floor , It has a rose window and side portal of 1481. The interior , a basilica with ship and two aisles , contains columns said to come from a temple of Minerva and a fine mosaic pavement of 1166 , with interesting representations of the months , Old Testament subjects and others . Bones and relics of the Martyrs of Otranto , who perished in the 15th-century siege surround the high altar . The church Has a crypt supported by forty-two marble columns . The same Count Roger founded a Basilian monastery Also here , Which , under Abbot Nicetas , Became a place of study , the ITS library was nearly all bought by Bessarion .

After seeing the cathedral you will visit the Church of St. Peter and Castle , reinforced by Emperor Frederick II and rebuilt by Alphonso II of Naples in 1485-1498 . It has an irregular plan with five sides , with a moat running along the Entire perimeter . In origin it had a single entrance , reachable through a draw- bridge. Towers features three cylindrical ones and a bastion called Punta Diamante ( "Diamond 's Head "). The entrance sports the coat of arms of Emperor Charles V.

When your time at Otranto ends, return to your minivan for the private drive back to Brindisi

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Otranto and Surroundings Full-Day Bike Tour

Otranto and Surroundings Full-Day Bike Tour - Otranto, Italy

Duration: 8 hours
Location: Otranto, Italy

From USD
$107.94

Riding through secondary roads and a pleasant dirt patch, we will discover one of the most fascinating and typical areas of Salento: the surroundings of Otranto.

Crossing the Valley of Idro we will bump into his Byzantine crypt of Saint Angel, and we will reach the foundation “Le Costantine” a center dedicated to organic farming and traditional weaving with old looms. We will cycle towards the megalithic garden of Giurdignano, to admire his prehistoric dolmen and menhir, than we will see a small lake in a disused bauxite quarry. 
Stop by a bakery with a stone oven for a delicious lunch with typical products, but also by Porto Badisco for a sweet coffe with ice and almond milk and for a fresh swim.

We'll go up the Idro valley along a pleasant dirt patch and we'll see St ... More info ›

Riding through secondary roads and a pleasant dirt patch, we will discover one of the most fascinating and typical areas of Salento: the surroundings of Otranto.

Crossing the Valley of Idro we will bump into his Byzantine crypt of Saint Angel, and we will reach the foundation “Le Costantine” a center dedicated to organic farming and traditional weaving with old looms. We will cycle towards the megalithic garden of Giurdignano, to admire his prehistoric dolmen and menhir, than we will see a small lake in a disused bauxite quarry. 
Stop by a bakery with a stone oven for a delicious lunch with typical products, but also by Porto Badisco for a sweet coffe with ice and almond milk and for a fresh swim.

We'll go up the Idro valley along a pleasant dirt patch and we'll see St. Mauro Crypt, which was carved into the soft rock of Salento at the Byzantine time. We'll move on to Casamassella and stop at the Costantine Foundation, a center dedicated to organic farming and traditional weaving with old looms. 

Then we'll reach Giurdignano, main megalithic centre of Salento due to the many dolmens and menhirs, first evidence of human presence in the area. Stop by a bakery with a stone oven for a delicious lunch arranged by the organization. After lunch, we'll cycle to Porto Badisco for a long break, and weather permitting, a swim. It is also possible to rent canoes. 

We'll then move on along the magnificent coast road to Otranto. We will stop at Punta Palascìa lighthouse, the eastern most point of Italy, and a peculiar lake in a disused bauxite quarry. 

Return to Otranto in the late afternoon.

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The Enigma of Otranto and the Holy Grail

The Enigma of Otranto and the Holy Grail - Otranto, Italy

Duration: 4 hours
Location: Otranto, Italy

From USD
$172.70

PASSIONS
Legends, mysteries, esoterism, symbol studies, art and medieval history, treasure hunt, craft works.

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Adults, families and students who love cultural experiences and at the same time enjoying playing together with others.

minimum booking available: from 2 people

1952, the Archbishop of Calabria has charged Imma, philosopher and historian known for her studies of medieval mysteries, to establish an international commission to finally reveal the famous “Enigma of Otranto” ("Enigma di Otranto"). The challenge is daring because it is not just about finding and detaching from the stucco the biggest mosaic from Medieval Europe buried in the Cathedral of Saint Annunciation (Cattedrale di Santa Annunziata) ... More info ›

PASSIONS
Legends, mysteries, esoterism, symbol studies, art and medieval history, treasure hunt, craft works.

WE WARMLY WELCOME
Adults, families and students who love cultural experiences and at the same time enjoying playing together with others.

minimum booking available: from 2 people

1952, the Archbishop of Calabria has charged Imma, philosopher and historian known for her studies of medieval mysteries, to establish an international commission to finally reveal the famous “Enigma of Otranto” ("Enigma di Otranto"). The challenge is daring because it is not just about finding and detaching from the stucco the biggest mosaic from Medieval Europe buried in the Cathedral of Saint Annunciation (Cattedrale di Santa Annunziata). The commission formed by international archaeologists, experts on legends and esotericism, has also the difficult task to succeed in revealing the most hidden iconographic meaning of the Tree of life (“L’Albero della Vita”). It is depicted on the ancient mosaic, and, according to legend, seems to be rooted in the myth of the Holy Grail.

Let me tell you that Imma has already found the first clues, you just have to bring you notes on Medieval history of myth and mystery with you, and be ready to face a memorable immersion in the mystery.

Imma will guide you to a real hunt of the cultural treasure through the most secret passages of Medieval Otranto, between the Church of Saint Peter (Chiesa di san Pietro), the Castle and the Cathedral of S. Annunciation (Cattedrale di S. Annunziata). Between challenges and hints you are to reconstruct the map of the ancient mosaic and reveal its most profound meaning, inside an authentic intertwining of myths and legends. It will not be easy, after much wandering you would reach the sight of this incredible and unique medieval work only if you know how to overcome the test of the local master and so, finally, you will find yourself in the deep mystery, yourself only with ... the Holy Grail

PROGRAMME

  • Meet Imma at Bar Castello
  • Treasure Hunt to reconstruct a map and deepen your knowledge on the various themes hidden in the mosaic
  • The Castle (Il Castello): discovery of the first clues
  • The Church of Saint Peter (La Chiesa di San Pietro): identifying further clues and a guided visit of the frescoes inside the church
  • The workshop of a mosaic craftsman, who will challenge the team of archaeologists to experiment with the mosaic technique to make a small artefact
  • The Cathedral of Santa Maria Annunziata where the team of archaeologists will consolidate the seven symbolic meanings of the great mosaic, collected along the treasure hunt, going, therefore, to fulfill "the arduous enterprise" assigned by the Bishop Calabria
  • The seafront of Otranto where we will celebrate the result of the treasure hunt with a refreshing walk, tasting granita and local ice cream.




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Private Tour: Otranto City Tour with Ice Cream Tasting

Private Tour: Otranto City Tour with Ice Cream Tasting - Otranto, Italy

Duration: 2 hours
Location: Otranto, Italy

From USD
$33.87

Meet your guide and discover the small village of Otranto with this 2-hour walking tour of the city. Your visit will start from the Cathedral and its gorgeous mosaic ... More info ›

Meet your guide and discover the small village of Otranto with this 2-hour walking tour of the city. Your visit will start from the Cathedral and its gorgeous mosaic. After the walking tour, you will taste a special homemade ice cream and you will have free time for shopping.

This little town, on the Adriatic coast, lies on the most oriental point of Italy and was founded by the Greeks coming from Crete with the name of Hydratum: it was then conquered by the Romans and has been for 500 years a very important Byzantine centre.

During the Middle Ages it was a departure point for the crusaders going to the Holy Land.

The ancient part of the town lies within fortified walls facing the wonderful sea that boasts transparent waters which have won for several years the Bandiera Blu award for the high quality of the sea water.

The Cathedral of Otranto represents the biggest Romanesque building of Apulia and was built in 1080: inside, you will be able to admire the biggest mosaic of the world, created with thousands of little pieces of stone by the monk Pantaleone. In the mosaic we can see images from the Old Testament like Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel, as well as figures from Breton legends such as King Arthur and mythological images such as the Mermaid and the signs of the zodiac.

Inside the cathedral we can see the skulls and bones of the 800 martyrs who were killed by the Turks in 1480 because they refused to be converted to the Islamic religion.

Our visit continues with the imposing Aragonese Castle of Otranto of the 15th century which inspired the famous book by Horace Walpole. If the sky is clear from Otranto we will be able to see the mountains of Albania and Greece! 
After this, you will taste a special homemade ice cream and say good bye to your guide.

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