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The Enigma of Otranto and the Holy Grail

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What to Expect
1952, the Archbishop of Calabria has charged Imma, philosopher and historian known for her studies of medieval mysteries, to establish an international commission to finally reveal the famous “Enigma of Otranto” ("Enigma di Otranto"). The challenge is daring because it is not just about finding and detaching from the stucco the biggest mosaic from Medieval Europe buried in the Cathedral of Saint Annunciation (Cattedrale di Santa Annunziata). The commission formed by international archaeologists, experts on legends and esotericism, has also the difficult task to succeed in revealing the most hidden iconographic meaning of the Tree of life (“L’Albero della Vita”). It is depicted on the ancient mosaic, and, according to legend, seems to be rooted in the myth of the Holy Grail.

Let me tell you that Imma has already found the first clues, you just have to bring you notes on Medieval history of myth and mystery with you, and be ready to face a memorable immersion in the mystery.

Imma will guide you to a real hunt of the cultural treasure through the most secret passages of Medieval Otranto, between the Church of Saint Peter (Chiesa di san Pietro), the Castle and the Cathedral of S. Annunciation (Cattedrale di S. Annunziata). Between challenges and hints you are to reconstruct the map of the ancient mosaic and reveal its most profound meaning, inside an authentic intertwining of myths and legends. It will not be easy, after much wandering you would reach the sight of this incredible and unique medieval work only if you know how to overcome the test of the local master and so, finally, you will find yourself in the deep mystery, yourself only with ... the Holy Grail

• Meet Imma at Bar Castello
• Treasure Hunt to reconstruct a map and deepen your knowledge on the various themes hidden in the mosaic
• The Castle (Il Castello): discovery of the first clues
• The Church of Saint Peter (La Chiesa di San Pietro): identifying further clues and a guided visit of the frescoes inside the church
• The workshop of a mosaic craftsman, who will challenge the team of archaeologists to experiment with the mosaic technique to make a small artefact
• The Cathedral of Santa Maria Annunziata where the team of archaeologists will consolidate the seven symbolic meanings of the great mosaic, collected along the treasure hunt, going, therefore, to fulfill "the arduous enterprise" assigned by the Bishop Calabria
• The seafront of Otranto where we will celebrate the result of the treasure hunt with a refreshing walk, tasting granita and local ice cream.
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Departure Point
Antico Bar Castello
Departure Time
3.30 pm
  • Snacks
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
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  • Duration: 4h
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  • Hotel Pickup
  • Languages Offered: English
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