The cultural, political and economic centre of the Salento for centuries, Otranto is located on the easternmost section of Italy’s coast, at around 30 km from Lecce, on a rocky point above the sea. This city has been considered a natural bridge between the Mediterranean and the Orient since ancient times and it still contains traces of the encounter among different cultures. The Aragonese Castle, the defensive walls, the entire appearance of a Medieval town which seems like a fortress, like a rampart sitting over the sea, tells the story of the permanent danger represented by the Turks which ended with the tragic 1480 siege and invasion. Here there are winding stone paved alleys, bright houses and gem of a Romanesque Cathedral, all overlooking a beautiful sea.
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