Ostuni has acquired many nicknames throughout the years, such as “white town”, “nativity town” and “queen of olives”. It is characterized by a charming old town that unwinds in a twine of narrow tortuous lanes chasing courtyards after courtyards, tiny squares and alleys, framed by towers of Aragon embedded in the city enclosure walls climaxing with the outline of the Cathedral on the peak of the hill where the old town clambers: a true masterpiece of gothic architecture of the second half of the fifteenth century.
Across an expanse of centuries-old olive trees, at only 6 km from the inland, the Adriatic sea peeps out, displaying all its beauty alternating long sandy beaches to small rocky coves, all wrapped in the luscious green of the Mediterranean maquis.
Ostuni is part of the area called “district of trulli and caves”..
he countryside around the town center is characterized by the presence of rupestral dwellings and caves of great archaeological interest.From the town and through the spellbinding streets where trulli alternate farms and dry stone walls, you reach the heart of Valle d’Itria and the nearby towns of Cisternino, Martina Franca, Alberobello and Locorotondo part of the UNESCO World heritage.
A holiday in Ostuni will allow you to choose a series of evocative and fascinating itineraries that will help you uncover the history, the art and the culture of such an attractive and hospitable land.
Among the possible routes, to name a few:
Lecce and its baroque art
Alberobello and its Wold Heritage trulli
Oria, Federician town
Otranto and its castle
Torre Guaceto marine oasis protected by the WWF
Everywhere you’ll be welcomed by the intense flavors of this land that will bewitch you with its food and wine offering you absolute value.
Right at the beginning of this road we find a stone portal on which the inscription “Amuse ne ingreditor” appears, it means “Entrance is forbidden to those who don’t love art“. This is one of the most beautiful and characteristic roads of Ostuni which has been preserved undamaged with its original road surface fit for wagons transit and the animals which hauled them. Halfway through, stop to admire the church of “Santiago de Compostela” one of the oldest of Ostuni, dating back to 1423. Then, passed one of the few fountains still in operation, you’ll find the arch that indicates the site where once upon a time there was St. Demetrius door, the oldest spot in town.