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Old World Blue in Otranto

Location: Otranto, Apulia, Italy

 

We wake up in an old manor farm, called a masseria here in Salento, to the sound of birds chirping and golden rays of light flowing through the shutters, promising a hot day ahead. After a simple breakfast of croissants, cappuccino, and fresh fruit in the orange grove, we hop in the car for our next stop.

Most of my summers in Europe have been spent by the sea in pursuit of peace and inspiration, and nothing has been quite as inspiring as discovering the endless shades of blue that exist. I’ve had the pleasure of swimming in some of the most beautiful waters of Greece, Sicily, Sardinia and the south of France. Each area and each beach has its own unique color palette ranging from crystal clear to teal to aquamarine to navy.

When we arrive in Otranto, the blazing sun is reflecting off the white buildings, creating a stark backdrop for the vivid turquoise waters. At first glance, the scene leaves me speechless. It’s like observing the setting of an ancient Greek legend. An intense blue, the color brightens and lightens as it nears the shore.

 

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It’s amazing wandering around the historic city centre, meandering around shops and crooked streets, and snacking on some taralli covered in glazed sugar.

 

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These colorful, hand-painted terracotta figurines represent the Massaia Salentina – the traditional Salentine housewife from the past, who is honored for her hard work and dedication to her family:

 

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Otranto is a beautiful town with an interesting history. There are many panoramic points throughout the historic centre, such as the Aragonese Castle, where you can enjoy views of its stunning blue waters. It’s definitely worth a visit

The beach at sunset

The beach at sunset

 

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All photos taken by me.

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