Framed by blue Adiatric waters, Otranto is a breathtakingly beautiful town of medieval castles and Gothic fame. The iconic Castello Aragonese, built in the 15th century, was later immortalized in The Castle of Otranto, one of the world’s first gothic novels. Equally impressive is the 11th-century Otranto Cathedral, known for its lavish rose windows and ornate mosaic floors covering the entire expanse of the nave, the sanctuary, and the apse. Head to the historic harbor, from where Torre Matta tower offers panoramic sea views. Nearby beaches, like the dreamy white-sand Alimini, invite you to spend a lazy afternoon swimming and sunbathing. Nature lovers have still more to explore, with two scenic inland lakes, the saltwater Alimini Grande and spring-fed Alimini Piccolo. Home to a wide range of local flora and fauna, the lakes also attract migratory birds like herons and flamingos. Make your way to the south of the town to watch the sky bathed in sunset colors at the Punta Palascìa lighthouse, which marks Italy’s easternmost point. Take an evening stroll along any of the city’s seaside promenades, lined with seafood restaurants and lively trattorias.