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Top Choice Cathedral in Otranto

Cathedral

Mosaics, skulls, crypts and biblical-meets-tropical imagery: Otranto's cathedral is like no other in Italy. It was built by the Normans in the 11th century, incorporating Romanesque, Byzantine and early Christian st…
Top Choice Seafood in Otranto

L'Altro Baffo

This elegant modern restaurant near the castle stands out in Otranto's competitive dining scene. It stays in touch with basic Pugliese and Italian principles, but ratchets things up several notches: the 'carbonara' …
Castle in Otranto

Castello Aragonese 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 …
Church in Otranto

Chiesa di San Pietro

The origins of this cross-shaped Byzantine church are uncertain, but some think they may be as remote as the 5th century. The present structure seems to be a product of the 10th century, to which the oldest of the c…
Pizza in Otranto

La Bella Idrusa

You can't miss this pizzeria right by the huge Porta Terra as you enter the historic centre. Despite the tourist-trap location, the food doesn't lack authenticity. Pizza's the main event, but there is support: seafo…