Welcome to Otranto


Lying deep in Italy’s stiletto, Otranto has back-heeled quite a few invaders over the centuries and been brutally kicked by others – most notably the Turks. Sleuth around its compact old quarter and you can peel the past off in layers – Greek, Roman, Turkish and Napoleonic. These days the town is a generally peaceful place, unless you're fighting for beach space at the height of summer.


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$14.78 Transfers & Ground Transport

Brindisi Airport to Hotel Private Arrival Transfer

When you land at Brindisi-Salento Airport, your private driver will be waiting for you in arrivals hall, holding a sign with your name. Be escorted to a private luxury vehicle, and relax on the comfortable drive straight to your hotel in the nearby city of Lecce, Otranto, Gallipoli, Alberobello, Ostuni or Fasano. You'll ride in a Mercedes E-Class or Opel Vivaro vehicle, depending on your group size.To make a booking for this private arrival transfer from Brindisi-Salento Airport to your accommodation, simply make a note of your flight and hotel details when booking. Your transfer will be confirmed within 24 hours of booking, and you will be provided with a travel voucher to present to the driver. It's that easy!Price is per person, based on 8 adults per vehicle.

$14.76 Transfers & Ground Transport

Brindisi Hotel to Brindisi Airport Private Departure Transfer

When it's time to head to Brindisi-Salento Airport, ensure you make your flight with this convenient private departure transfer. You'll be picked up from your hotel in Lecce, Otranto, Gallipoli, Alberobello, Ostuni and Fasano and driven in the comfort of a private vehicle to the airport. You'll ride in a Mercedes E-Class or Opel Vivaro vehicle, depending on your group size.To make a booking for this private departure transfer from your accommodation to Brindisi-Salento Airport, simply make a note of your flight and hotel details when booking. Your transfer will be confirmed within 24 hours of booking, and you will be provided with a travel voucher to present to the driver. It's that easy!Price is per person, based on eight adults per vehicle.

$46.03 Outdoor Activities

Otranto Trekking Adventure

With this exciting excursion we will discover Otranto and explore the Idro Valley along the Memory path , in the heart of the Otranto-Leuca Natural Park. The route will start from the ancient village of Otranto, we will do Trekking on the coastal paths, we will visit the legendary costal tower Torre del Serpe, the cave Grotta Palombara and the  fortificated farmMasseria delle Orte that protects the enchanting bay from above. We will take a relaxing break and an educational and environmental laboratory in the Orte grove. We will explore the world-famous Red lake in the Bauxite quarry and walk on the characteristic red earth dunes. Trekking in the Natural Park, exploring the Tumara Wood and visit Masseria Scalelle. We will explore the Selva del Turchese and  Trekking in the Idro Valley, along the mystical Sentiero delle Memorie path, the last stretch of the millenarian Via Francigena that crosses the valley. Explore the system of cave settlements and caves such as the Grotta delle Navi,  Grotta dei Graffiti, Grotta del Turco and the magnificent and hidden rural church Chiesa Rupestre di Sant'Angelo. Discover the Aqueduct of Charlemagne and the wood of ancient olive trees. Visit Otranto with its ancient village, Porta Alfonsina, the Cathedral with the magnificent Tree of Life Mosaic, explore  the Castle with the undergrounds, the castle tower Torre Matta, at the end taste the homemade ice cream or a Salento aperitif. From here we will return to the starting point where our incredible excursion will end.

$67.90 Walking & Biking Tours

Discover Otranto and its Countryside by Bike

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.

$1196.84 Multi-day & Extended Tours

7-day Puglia, Benevento, and Matera Tour from Rome

Day 1             ROME - LECCE Departure to Lecce by motorway with stop on the way for necessary breaks. Free time for lunch. Afternoon dedicated to discover this city, already defined as the capital of the Baroque of southern Italy; a cultural and historical center of almost 100,000 inhabitants which, in its case, hides ancient buildings of rare beauty, built in the centuries with the said "stone of Lecce":  Visit and accommodation. Day 2             LECCE – OTRANTO – S.MARIA DI LEUCA – LECCE  - B  Breakfast. Full day excursion through the said micro-region of Salento. Arrival in Otranto, easternmost municipality of the entire Italian peninsula and large Norman center in antiquity.  Free time for lunch on the way in one of the beautiful coas. lt owns and finally arrival in Santa Maria di Leuca, the most renowned tourist center of the area, which owesits fame to the wonderful position between promontories and beaches. The luxury tourism began to know Leuca at the end of the 19th century and this is noted for the incredible number of summer villas of the time. Visit and then return to Lecce and accommodation. Day 3             LECCE – ALBEROBELLO – OSTUNI – BARI  - BBreakfast. Day dedicated to know the northeastern part of Apulia, beginning with one of the most picturesque places and known in the world for its characteristic houses: Alberobello. The low local buildings with black roof shave stood up to this day and many have become luxury houses, craftshops or hotels. Visit and free lunch. In the afternoon, continue to Ostuni, the city of white houses, beautiful tourist center, alread ychosen for twenty consecutive years the place with the cleanest sea of Italy. Through the picturesque streets of the historic center and then, exit for Bari. Accommodation. Day 4 -          BARI – CASTEL DEL MONTE – MATERA - B Breakfast. Departure for Matera with stop at the sensational hill where the famous Castle of Monte arises, an optagonal building built by the King of Sicily Federico II in the 13th century and today represented in the Italian currency of 2 Euro cents. UNESCO World Heritage, the castle was a fortress, a jail and even a tomb. Visit, free lunch and continuation to Matera. The city of the "Sassi" is also UNESCO World Heritage for its old quarter which is an example of prehistoric urbanization.  Visit and accommodation. Day 5 -          MATERA – BENEVENTO - ROME - B Breakfast. Departure back to Rome with stop on the way in Benevento. Center populated by the native Sannits, Romans, Longobards and city of the Pontifical State, it presents traces of its ancient dominations among which stand the Roman Theater, the Arch of Trajan, the Church of Saint Sophia, World Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO and the Cathedral. Visit and lunch at your own. Then departure to Rome End of services.

$1795.25 Multi-day & Extended Tours

8-day Apulia and Calabria from Rome

Day 1             ROME - LECCEDeparture to Lecce. Afternoon dedicated to discover this city, already defined as the capital of the Baroque of southern Italy; a cultural and historical center of almost 100,000 inhabitants which, in its case, hides ancient buildings of rare beauty, built in the centuries with the said "stone of Lecce".  Day 2             SALENTO BFull day excursion through the said micro-region of Salento. Arrival in Otranto, a Norman center in antiquity.  Free time for lunch on the way of the coast lt owns and finally arrival in Santa Maria di Leuca, the most renowned tourist center of the area. Visit and then return to Lecce. Day 3             LECCE–ALBEROBELLO–OSTUNI–BARI BDay dedicated to know the northeastern part of Apulia, beginning with one of the most picturesque places and known in the world for its characteristic houses: Alberobello. Visit and free time for lunch. In the afternoon, continue to Ostuni, the city of white houses, beautiful tourist center, already chosen for twenty years the place with the cleanest sea of Italy. Departure for Bari.Day 4 -          BARI–CASTEL DEL MONTE–MATERA BDeparture for Matera with stop at the sensational hill where the famous Castle of Monte arises, an optagonal building built by the King of Sicily Federico II in the 13th century. Visit, free time for lunch and way to Matera. The city of the "Sassi" is also UNESCO World Heritage for its old quarter, example of prehistoric urbanization.Day 5             MATERA-CIVITA-PIZZO-REGGIO BTransfer to Civita and visit of the "village among the rocks", Continue to Pizzo, the center of the famous "Costa degli Dei" known for being the "city of ice cream". At the end, continue to Reggio Calabria and visit the famous Lungomare Falcomatà, known as "the most beautiful km in Italy". Day 6             REGGIO-TROPEA-LE CASTELLA-COSENZA BIn the morning transfer to Tropea, a famous tourist center that fascinates visitors with its picturesque alleys and its terraces more than fifty meters high above the crystalline sea. Visit of Le Castella. Continuation towards Cosenza. Day 7 -          COSENZA-PRAIA A MARE-PAOLA-COSENZA BDeparture towards Praia a Mare and boarding on private boat for an excursion off the coast. Later, transfer to Diamante and free time for visiting this village, famous for the murals of the old town. Free time for lunch. Continue to Paola and visit to the Sanctuary of San Francesco da Paola. At the end, return to Cosenza. Day 8 -          COSENZA–SALERNO-ROME B After breakfast departure in the morning for the return.Stop in the city of Salerno and visit of the historic center, an interesting center born from the ancient Roman "Salernum". Lunch at your own. At the end continuation towards Rome.