Otranto, in the Heel of the Italian Boot

6

Otranto is a town located on Italy’s Adriatic coast, in Puglia. It is now a days invaded every summer by the tourists, but before the rush, it’s a quiet and charming town.

You will discover the Aragonese Castle, rebuilt in 1485-1498: It has an irregular plan with five sides, with a moat running along the entire perimeter. In origin it had a single entrance, reachable through a drawbridge. Towers include three cylindrical ones an a bastion called Punta di Diamante (“Diamond’s Head”). The entrance sports the coat of arms of Emperor Charles V.

Don’t miss the Cathedral:

Built in the 12 C and altered in the15 C, it has an amazing mosaic pavement created between 1163 and 1165 by a priest, Pantaleone: the decoration in almost primitive shapes is fascinating both for the freshness of the colors as well as for the liveliness of the poses and the richness of the symbols.

In a chapel, you will find the bones and skull of the 800 martyrs of Otranto, killed during the Ottoman war in 1480.

The garrison and the citizens took cover in the Castle of Otranto but as it had no cannons for defense, it was soon conquered and the garrison killed.

On August 12, 800 citizens were taken to the hill of Minerva, now called the Hill of the Martyrs, and beheaded because they refused to renounce their faith. Their remains were taken to the cathedral and the skulls preserved in the altar piece as a prominent reminder of these 800 martyrs.

You can simply roam the lanes of the historic town, coming across picturesque scenes and view.

The center is enclosed within its defensive walls, which gives a real sense of history. The busiest lanes are lined with decent souvenir shops (ceramics, sandals, and so on) and with restaurants and bars.

written by azurblue on 2010-05-31 in #world #locations #apulia #italy #south #city #tourism #otranto #history #castle #puglia #italia #cathedral

6 Comments

  1. vicuna
    vicuna ·

    Great place! :)

  2. kvboyle
    kvboyle ·

    Beautiful pictures, I'd love to visit this part of Italy.

  3. superlighter
    superlighter ·

    wow!!

  4. kylewis
    kylewis ·

    Would love to visit!

  5. azurblue
    azurblue ·

    Thank you vicuna, kvboyle, superlighter and ky !

  6. middernachtlopper
    middernachtlopper ·

    Great location and gallery! :)

More Interesting Articles

  • A Salute to the Masters: The Festival of San Bartolomeo (A Tribute to Ferdinando Scianna)

    written by sirio174 on 2015-06-27 in #world #lifestyle
    A Salute to the Masters: The Festival of San Bartolomeo (A Tribute to Ferdinando Scianna)

    This article is a tribute to the great Italian photographer Ferdinando Scianna, a member of the Magnum Photo Agency, and to his book, "Religious Festival in Sicily," which won the 1966 Nadar Prize. In this article I'll show you a series of photos taken at a religious festival in a small village in the north of Italy, organized by a group of immigrants from the southern region of the country. Take a look!

  • LomoLocations: Reno, Nevada

    written by lomographymagazine on 2015-09-03 in #world #locations
    LomoLocations: Reno, Nevada

    In prime areas of New York and San Francisco, the phrase ‘rush hour’ is always on the menu. Drive up to Reno, and the same expression fizzles. Many roads are framed by mountains and shrubbery, a picture of calm in the city. But the night makes up for the day’s stilly mood. Casinos flaunt LED signs and marquees, a treat for urban photographers.

  • R.E.M. X MTV: Extended Contest Deadline + Film Screening at the NYC LGS

    written by Samantha Norman on 2015-07-01 in #world #locations #events #competitions #videos
    R.E.M. X MTV: Extended Contest Deadline + Film Screening at the NYC LGS

    Hot off an online collaboration with acclaimed rock band R.E.M., (now extendend) Lomography NYC is excited to host a screening of 'R.E.M. by MTV.' Celebrating 35 years of music greatness, we'll be spinning REM classics on vinyl before screening the much anticipated film. Join us on July 28th for an evening of sweet tunes and summer refreshments. Come in at 6 p.m. for refreshments, and screening begins at 7 p.m. FREE!

    2
  • Shop News

    the perfect surprise for every analogue loving enthusiast

     the perfect surprise for every analogue loving enthusiast

    Let your loved one pick the gift of their dreams. Lomography Online Shop Gift Certificates are the perfect present for every analogue devotee on your gift list

  • A Look at Photographs on Auction at Lempertz

    written by K. Aquino on 2015-05-27 in #world #lifestyle
    A Look at Photographs on Auction at Lempertz

    Two days from now, Lempertz will hold a sale of 195 photographic prints. The lineup is as varied as the history of photography itself. An 1856 print by an anonymous photographer is in the same group as a top-valued Joseph Szabo shot. A deceptively simple shot of a flower vase is joined by the complex textures of Lucien Hervé. Take a look at the fascinating mix.

  • Doug DuBois on My Last Day at Seventeen

    written by anamartaml on 2015-09-15 in #people #lifestyle
    Doug DuBois on My Last Day at Seventeen

    Doug DuBois spent five summers photographing the small neighborhood of Russell Heights in Ireland to capture the essence of coming of age: the inevitable loss of youth and the imminent transition into adulthood. Those four years resulted in his latest book, My Last Day At Seventeen. The book is a visual tale told through a collection of photographs and gives an alternative perspective through a comic narrative around the same subject. This creative combination of two distinct narratives in one book not only works wonderfully in visual terms; it also serves as an essential tool that lets the reader dig deeper into the story being told, making one go back to the book over and over again, yet from a new perspective, every single time.

    4
  • Introducing The New Lomo'Instant Kyoto Edition!

    written by shhquiet on 2015-07-30 in #gear #news
    Introducing The New Lomo'Instant Kyoto Edition!

    Inspired by summertime in bloom, the new Lomo’Instant Kyoto Edition is the latest addition to our creative instant photography line-up! With its intricate floral and peach design, this special edition camera is reminiscent of beautiful summer sunsets in Kyoto, a city adored for its picturesque shrines, temples and nature scenery.

  • Shop News

    Give your space a facelift with your own analogue print

    Give your space a facelift with your own analogue print

    Really want to bring your film photos to life? We’re now offering totally analogue fine art prints in a host of large sizes and formats! Carefully enlarged from your negatives onto premium photographic paper by lab professionals, each picture is a unique piece of craftsmanship.

  • Analog By Nature

    written by Cameron Jean-laing on 2015-04-17 in #world #lifestyle #videos
    Analog By Nature

    It's late October in Copenhagen and summer was well and truly behind us. With the nights drawing in, the chances of going out with one of my cameras was slim. All was not lost at this time of year, however, as it allowed me time to focus on my own personal music projects—I am a professional composer/musician and audio engineer at my own studio by day.

    1
  • Fulfilling Dreams with Dreamy Images: Kevin Biberbach

    written by zonderbar on 2015-08-31 in #people
    Fulfilling Dreams with Dreamy Images: Kevin Biberbach

    In every aspiring photographers' dream - Turn the hobby into career, leaving the part time job, putting all of the efforts into one's photography project. Kevin Biberbach did it. Biberbach is a student from Aachen, who has completed a 365-day photography project called "EVRY DAY" with his passion and insist. The project is widely getting attention throughout the internet, which includes a variety of portraits content such as wedding, family and couples. Biberbach shared to Lomography exclusively about his work, passion to photography, and also his experience with the Petzval 85 Art Lens.

  • Luka Tacon: Demasiado Sabor!

    written by katphip on 2016-02-10 in #people #lifestyle #locations #lomoamigos
    Luka Tacon: Demasiado Sabor!

    We met our new LomoAmigo Luka Tacon when we danced to the hypnotic beats of his duo Heartbreaker at our Lomo'Instant Wide Launch Party in NYC. Now, the brooklyn-based DJ and electronic music producer is preparing for an EPIC Lover's Ball at House of Yes with his friends at Might Get Weird, experimenting with the La Sardina and LC-A, and feeling the Latin rhythms of Costa Rica. Read more about his inspirations and how he feels analog equipment, whether it be for music or photography, has something that digital just doesn't. As a special bonus, you can listen to his exclusive Heartbreaker set!

  • Shop News

    Enjoy the Half-Frame or Square Format Images WIth Diana Mini Double Rainbow at Discounted Price!!

    Enjoy the Half-Frame or Square Format Images WIth Diana Mini Double Rainbow at Discounted Price!!

    Enjoy half-frame or square format images of Diana Mini Double Rainbow with designs inspired by Tara McPherson! Now available at discounted price!

  • First Impressions of the Lomo LC-A Minitar-1 Art Lens: Andrea Cislaghi

    written by Julien Matabuena on 2015-05-02 in #gear #news
    First Impressions of the Lomo LC-A Minitar-1 Art Lens: Andrea Cislaghi

    In case you missed it, Lomography has just unveiled the latest member of its Art Lens family: the Lomo LC-A Minitar-1 Art Lens, which boasts of the same optics that the legendary LC-A camera has and brings the classic Lomographic style not only to analog but also to the digital platform. Over the next few days we'll be sharing with you the first impressions of and photographs taken by members of the Lomography team, who had gone out and put the Lomo LC-A Minitar-1 to the test. First up is graphic designer Andrea Cislaghi, who coupled this lens with the Bessa R2 and Sony Alpha 7.

    5
  • Escaping Reality with Nathalie Daoust

    written by Lomography on 2016-02-11 in #people #lifestyle
    Escaping Reality with Nathalie Daoust

    Born and raised in Montreal, Nathalie Daoust is a Canadian photographer who uses her camera to explore hidden realms around escapism and female sexuality. Her projects have taken her to obscure places all across the world, from the US to Brazil, from Japan to China and currently to North Korea.

    2
  • Lessons from Vintage Photography: Leading the Eye In

    written by lomographymagazine on 2016-02-11 in #world #lifestyle
    Lessons from Vintage Photography: Leading the Eye In

    Vintage does not have to be old hat. These archive samples serve as memos of where to direct the eye and how to create depth in a picture.

    1