Italy's Adriatic Coast travel blog

Castle of Otranto

Castle of Otranto

Castle of Otranto

Castle of Otranto

Castle of Otranto

Narrow streets of Otranto

Cathedral of Otranto

Cathedral of Otranto

Cathedral of Otranto

Narrow streets or Otranto

Cathedral of Otranto

Cathedral of Otranto

Cathedral of Otranto

Cathedral of Otranto

Cathedral of Otranto

Narrow street of Otranto, looking out to the sea

Harbor of Otranto

Harbor of Otranto

Harbor of Otranto

Harbor of Otranto

Silvia feeding us Pasticciotto

Local faces

Local faces

Local faces

Prickly pear cactus, just like ours in Arizona

Boat in Harbor of Otranto

Boats ready for winter in harbor of Otranto


Otranto is in the far eastern corner of Italy's boot heel. Once a strategic port during Roman times, today Otranto is known for its white-sand beaches, famed Aragonese Castle, and eleventh-century Romanesque cathedral. The Strait of Otranto, to which the city gives its name, connects the Adriatic Sea with the Ionian Sea; all of which are part of the Mediterranean Sea. The harbour is small and has little trade.

Our tour guide, Silvia, as usual bought us a treat - pasticciotto!! See the photos!!

We got back to our boat early since it is leaving at 1230 for Sicily. It will take 24 hours to sail to Sicily so we have time to ourselves on board. Of course, the crew and tour guides do things to keep us entertained. We get a tour of the boat's bridge; cocktail hour in the lounge; towel folding lessons (James makes towels shaped into animals); 6:45 pm port talk; 7 pm dinner!!

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