After a long country road surrounded by centuries-old olive groves, an impressive complex of blinding white buildings completely kept my attention. It was the wonderful Ostuni town built atop a hill overlooking the Adriatic Sea and soaring above the Pugliese land.
WHY VISIT OSTUNI
Ostuni is a beautiful town in Puglia, Southern Italy’s stunning region and it is situated in the northernmost part of Salento, province of Brindisi.
The fact that the town’s population triples during peak summer season says a lot about Ostuni’s charms. Also known as the “White City” due to its whitewashed buildings, it attracts people from all over the world. Suffice it to say that Ostuni has the fifth largest population of British expatriates in Italy.
HOW TO GO THERE
The nearest airports are those of Bari (98km) and Brindisi (30km). From there I suggest you to rent a car because it is the best way to get to Ostuni and to explore Puglia in general.
However, you can also reach it by train. The train station lies about 2km from the town centre and there is a public bus service that connects the train station to the town.
FANTASTIC THINGS TO DO
1.Wander around the Old Town’s decorated streets
I spent just a few hours strolling around the little and beautiful streets of this city and I fell madly in love with. The narrow alleys of the Old Town are so bright and decorated with flowers and murals, while the countless arches that connect the buildings are another unique characteristic of Ostuni.
#MyTipForYou : If you have time, take a break at one of many cafes and bars. Take a seat at a colourful chair and have a cocktail at the most picturesque setting. There is no need to rush, just relax and enjoy some quality time.
2.Walk through La Piazzetta Cattedrale
Unlike many others Italian squares, La Piazzetta Cattedrale is very small and unique. The square is home to two more buildings which are connected by the majestic Arco di Scoppa.
3.Visit the Ostuni’s defensive walls
In the past, this city was surrounded by strong defensive walls. Nowadays, deprived of their protective function, they offer the opportunity for one of the most enchanting strolls.
In Ostuni I found the most characteristic shops of Italy. They are perfect to buy souvenirs or local food. In addiction, the way they are set up turns them into real works of art.
For all the Instagramers I suggest you to take amazing and creative photos in these particular spots of the town.
Fun fact: you will have to find them by your own!