Note:  Do not rely on this information. It is very old.


Otranto, an Italian town in the modern province of Lecce, is on the Strait of Otranto, 42 miles S.E. of Brindisi. There is a large and convenient harbour, and a considerable trade is carried on with the Levant. The city (which has an old cathedral, some Roman remains, and the castle made famous by Walpole), is poor]y built and decaying. The province, which contains 2,880 square miles, is surrounded by the sea except to the W. and N.W., and has several bays and harbours. A branch of the Apennines passes through it, and there is good pasture-land. The chief productions are cotton, fruit, grain, oil, and tobacco.