Oria

The Town Of Four Districts

Tours stopping in Oria

Located in the hills of the upper Salento, Oria is 35 kilometers (about 22 miles) from Brindisi.

The town is divided into four districts: Castello, Judea, Lama and San Basilico.

The Castello district includes the manor built by Frederick II who stands in a panoramic position framed by towers and battlements developing around Piazza d’Armi where a Basilica crypt opens up. Nearby there is a maze of narrow streets, stairways and whitewashed houses in the historic center.

The Judea district was once inhabited by the Jewish colony (that’s why the name).

The Lama district is located on the plain towards which the waters flowing from the highest areas of the city flowed.

The San Basilio districts stands on the hill where the saint established the first oritan church of the Greek rite.

With its Baroque façade, the Cathedral was rebuilt after the earthquake of 1743 on the remains of a Romanesque temple.

At 5 kilometers (3 miles) from Oria stands the Sanctuary of San Cosimo alla Macchia which serves as a backdrop to the traditional fair.

You can also get a journey in the federician splendor with the historical parade and the Tournament of the districts.