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Otranto was one of Republican Rome's leading ports for trade with Asia Minor and Greece, and under the Byzantines was an important toehold of the Eastern Empire in Italy. The Norman Duomo houses the bones of the martyrs and boasts a 12th Century mosaic floor and a fine crypt. A 15th Century castle at the centre of town adds to Otranto's charm and there are some fine beaches nearby.
Puglia is the 'heel' of the Italian boot, the Gargano Peninsula is its 'spur' and Abruzzo and Molise together form the 'ankle'. Hugging the south eastern seaboard of Italy and facing towards the Balkans, the mountainous regions of Abruzzo and Molise differ considerably from Puglia, the richest of the three.
Dominated by the Apennine mountain range, the hinterland of Abruzzo and Molise forms one of Italy's last wildernesses. The coastline of the Gargano Peninsula in Puglia (Apulia) is packed with cliffs, caves and islets. Reaching south is the fertile plain of Tavoliere, and further south a series of upland plateaux (the Murge) descends towards the dry Salentine Peninsula and the Adriatic.
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