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Otranto

Sea Town Salento, Italy

Door to the Orient Otranto

Otranto is a town and comune in the province of Lecce in a fertile region once famous for its breed of horses. It is located on the east coast of the Salento peninsula. The Strait of Otranto, to which the city gives its name, connects the Adriatic Sea with the Ionian Sea and separates Italy from Albania. The harbor is small and has little trade. The lighthouse Faro della Palascìa, at approximately 5 kilometers (3 miles) southeast of Otranto, marks the most easterly point of the Italian mainland. About 50 kilometers (31 mi) south lies the promontory of Santa Maria di Leuca (so-called since ancient times from its white cliffs, leukos being Greek for white), the southeastern extremity of Italy, the ancient Promontorium lapygium or Sallentinum. The district between this promontory and Otranto is thickly populated and very fertile.

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