We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Cattedrale di Otranto

Closed Now: 7:00 AM - 12:00 PM, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Open today: 7:00 AM - 12:00 PM, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Book In Advance
All photos (1,033)
Full view
Certificate of Excellence
Traveller Overview
  • Excellent73%
  • Very good23%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“tree of life”(37 reviews)
“mosaic floors”(8 reviews)
“entire floor”(7 reviews)
Closed Now
Hours Today: 7:00 AM - 12:00 PM, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
See all hours
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
Local Weather
Powered by Weather Underground
Piazza Basilica, 73028, Otranto, Italy
+39 0836 802194
Improve This Listing
Ways to Experience Cattedrale di Otranto
from US$202.00
More Info
from US$189.30
More Info
Reviews (2,003)
Filter reviews
204 results
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
More languages
Show reviews that mention
All reviews tree of life mosaic floors entire floor right hand side on display interesting church worth a visit bible stories old town crypt ceiling martyrs history century turks architecture scenes
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 204 reviews
Reviewed 2 October 2018 via mobile

Similar to the madaba mosaic but it is a full ground from the eneerance to the last end it is a wlking distance from the main piazza

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Maram-M
Reviewed 24 September 2018 via mobile

interesting as cathedrals go (especially for an Agnostic). Amazing mosaic floor, ceiling, monument to the martyrs. Worth a visit.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank d8smt
Reviewed 24 September 2018

We’ve seen a lot of churches and cathedrals this trip but this cathedral style was something we’d not seen before. The mosaic floor in particular was quite amazing. In our view it’s a must visit. Also, you must visit the Officina Mosaic shop in the...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Reviewed 20 September 2018

You must visit this cathedral for the wonderful mosaic floor, and the history and architecture of this building

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Charlie_Chimp
Reviewed 19 September 2018 via mobile

Delightful cathedral lovely frescoes, no stained glass. Next to Castillo and range of boutique shops. So a nice visit combined.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank 120674john
Reviewed 8 September 2018 via mobile

I guess you get used to skulls and bones in church architecture, but this place takes it to a wholly different level. Yes the floor mosaics are fabulous, and the ceiling ceramics should not be missed, but the martyrs shrine is deeply disturbing. The story...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank DavidRJohnston
Reviewed 17 August 2018

Entry is free. The interior is stunning. Look up: the ceiling is amazing! And don't forget to go down into the crypt. A great place to explore. Won't take you more than 1/2 hour or so.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank FoodKGB
Reviewed 9 August 2018 via mobile

We have been to so many churches in this area that they all begin to look the same. However this one is special because of the mosaic floor and the reliquary of bones. We entered through the crypt with well preserved frescoes. The crypt has...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank SGC60
Reviewed 26 July 2018 via mobile

This is a remarkable place, but when you are an art historian (I am) your heart breaks every time when you see people without respect for art and history running with high heels on the unique mosaics. In a few years the medieval mosaics will...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank jeroenr831
Reviewed 9 July 2018

Not only is it worth visiting to see the amazing display of the skeletons and skulls of the 800 plus martyrs behind the altar, there is a stunning mosaic floor which depicts the tree-of-life. Otranto's most outstanding feature in a surprising pocket of Italy's heel,...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank VictoriaJayne
View more reviews
Nearby HotelsSee all 40 nearby hotels
Hotel Palazzo Papaleo
529 reviews
.06 km away
Hotel Bellavista
66 reviews
.13 km away
Albania Hotel
333 reviews
.17 km away
Hotel Profumo di Mare
154 reviews
.23 km away
Nearby RestaurantsSee all 156 nearby restaurants
Gelateria Cavour
262 reviews
.09 km away
226 reviews
.07 km away
Sofish - Pani e Pesci
656 reviews
.10 km away
Ristorante Peccato di Vino
1,555 reviews
.06 km away
Nearby AttractionsSee all 82 nearby attractions
Centro Storico Otranto
3,315 reviews
.16 km away
Chiesa di San Pietro
227 reviews
.16 km away
Lungomare degli Eroi
64 reviews
.13 km away
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
18 September 2017|
AnswerShow all 2 answers
Response from greencatmusic | Reviewed this property |
Hi there. I do not if they sometimes take the seats away... I agree would be quite something to see. The people in charge seem very approachable and friendly and I am sure you could have a word with someone about this. Good... More
Cynthia P
1 March 2017|
AnswerShow all 2 answers
Response from Geo-0131 | Reviewed this property |
The cathedral is open 07:00-12:00hrs and 15:00-20:00hrs.
San Yen S
31 October 2016|
AnswerShow all 4 answers
Response from pisces025 | Reviewed this property |
Christian martyrs beheaded by invading Turks - never heard anything about them having a chance to convert to Islam- that’s more like what Medieval Christians did.