Ostuni: the “White city”

Explore the captivating charm of Ostuni, a picturesque town in Puglia, Italy. Known as the “White City” for its whitewashed buildings, Ostuni offers a fascinating blend of ancient history, architectural wonders, and breathtaking landscapes. The brightness of its whitewashed houses, set against the pink-tinged brown of its principal monument, makes the town stand out in the green of the surrounding area. Ostuni’s surroundings offer a breathtaking backdrop of ancient olive groves, rolling hills, and vineyards, adding to its ethereal charm.

The city of Ostuni is located inside the Itria Valley, 218 meters above sea level. It is 42 km north-west of Brindisi, 8 km from the Adriatic coast and it was awarded the Blue Flag. Built atop a hill to protect from invaders, Ostuni is a certifiable maze made of alleyways, staircases and arches, of houses built upon houses, of hundreds of years of history laid out before you in a way no map can truly explain or capture.

Behold the Ostuni Cathedral, an architectural masterpiece perched atop the highest point, boasting stunning details and panoramic views of the Adriatic Sea. Along the Via Cattedrale, which divides into two parts the medieval heart of town, there is the former Carmelite Monastery, nowadays seat of the Museum of pre-classical civilization of Southern Murgia, which contains the calque of Delia, a pregnant woman who lived 25,000 years ago.

Indulge in Ostuni’s gastronomic treasures, savoring the region’s traditional cuisine. Delight in delectable dishes like orecchiette pasta, fresh seafood, and exquisite olive oil. Complement your meal with renowned local wines such as Primitivo and Negroamaro.

Ostuni’s timeless allure and captivating beauty pay homage to the rich heritage of Puglia. Whether exploring its historical marvels, reveling in its aesthetic appeal, or savoring its culinary delights, Ostuni offers an unforgettable experience. The spell of the “White City” will leave you wishing to return and rediscover its magic time and time again.

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