Getting on/off motorcoach. Drive to Otranto is about 25 miles, approximately 1 hour. Walking about 2.5 miles total on flat terrain.
At the hotel.
We’ll board our motorcoach and ride to Otranto, a town of Messapians (a pre-Roman population known for breeding horses) which, in the wars of Pyrrhus and of Hannibal, sided against Rome. Now, Otranto is a town in a fertile region situated on a rocky spur on the east coast of the Salento peninsula. The Strait of Otranto connects the Adriatic Sea with the Ionian Sea. While in Otranto, we will go on an expert-led walking field trip with our Group Leader through its old town, a maze of little alleys, to see its signature monuments including the Cathedral of Santa Maria Annunziata and its incredible mosaic floor depicting, among other things, The Tree of Life. UNESCO World Heritage has recognized the town as “Peace Messenger Site” for its melting pot culture brought by all the different populations which merged here.
At a restaurant in Otranto.
Returning to the hotel, the remainder of the afternoon will be Free Time. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.
On your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.
At leisure. Be sure to prepare for check-out and transfer in the morning.