Castello Aragonese Otranto

Castle in Otranto

Built in the late 15th century, when Otranto was more populous and important than today, and not long after the calamitous Ottoman raid that resulted in the execution of hundreds for refusing Islam, the castle is a blunt and grim structure, well preserved internally and offering splendid views from the outer walls. It is famous, among other things, from Horace Walpole's The Castle of Otranto (1764), recognised as the first Gothic novel. Last tickets are sold an hour before closing.