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