There's a castle in Otranto
One hears of the gothic horror novel The Castle of Otranto all the time. (Not that I've read it.)
So I was well pleased when I was told while staying in Lecce that we were doing a day trip to Otranto.
"Is there a castle?" I earnestly enquired.
Of course there is a castle.
But we didn't get to see inside because we arrived at the tricky time of day (about 1pm) when everything closes for 3 hours.
So we strolled a round the foreshore which was most pleasant.
My friends told me that the train line from Rome was meant to go as far as Otranto - it was on the plans - but for some reason it stopped at Lecce.
So Otranto is still quite sleepy and peaceful and undiscovered.
But I did notice many many restaurants and cafes on the foreshore. So maybe I mean relatively peaceful and undiscovered.
The park was full of these blossom trees which have the most beautiful and overpowering scent.
I have noticed the same trees in Rome - but they don't flourish there.
Here in the south they achieve their full potential.