Otranto is a town in the province of Lecce, in a region once famous for its breed of horses.
It is located on the east coast of the Salento peninsula. The Strait of Otranto, after which the city takes its name, connects the Adriatic Sea with the Ionian Sea and separates Italy from Albania. The harbour is small and has little trade. The lighthouse Faro della Palascìa, at approximately 5 kilometres (3 miles) southeast of Otranto, marks the most easterly point of the Italian mainland.
About the twinning agreement
In September 2008 a twinning agreement with Otranto was approved by Bethlehem’s Municipal Council and Mr. Victor Batarseh, the then mayor of Bethlehem, visited Otranto to sign an agreement of collaboration, promoting intercultural dialogue and cooperation.