Otranto is one of the most important seaside resort in Salento, Southern Italy, sometimes described as the "heel" of the Italian "boot". It’s famous for its clean waters, splendid beaches and an historical and very attractive context. The soil is very fertile, some of the finest olive trees and grapes grow here. Its coasts are varied, and can be sandy or rocky, but all boast pristine beaches and crystal-clear waters. Salento is a peaceful land full of history and traditions. Otranto is one of the 15 most beautiful small villages in Italy, officially recognized by ANCI (Association of Italian Villages). This town, during the summer is a lively epicentre for Italians, who visit in droves and fill the sandy beaches around the city. The nightlife is lively and there are several modern and very busy Italian fashion stores. Many people however, go to Otranto for the Cathedral, originally begun by the Normans, that still preserves a 12th century mosaic pavement in the nave and aisles.

How to arrive

- By airplane: Brindisi Airport (106 kms), Bari Airport (200 kms) and Foggia Airport (327 kms).

- By train: national rail network (Eurostar and Intercity lines), to Lecce from Bologna, Milan, Rome and Turin. Station of "Otranto", passing for Bari, Lecce and Maglie.

- By car: Autostrada A14, exit Bari Nord.

- By ferry: to Brindisi from Greece, Croatia, Turkey, Egypt.

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