Ostuni: sights and tips for Puglia's white city

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Even the view of Ostuni from afar is breathtaking. “La città bianca”, the white city, it lives up to its name. On beautiful summer days, the whitewashed house facades in Ostuni literally shine in competition.

The old town is just as photogenic: spruced up, snow-white houses, cacti everywhere, sleeping cats – Ostuni exudes Apulian flair to the power of a thousand. What you also need to know: Ostuni is very touristy. In the high season it can get really crowded in the old town.

In this article we will tell you everything else you need to know for your trip to Ostuni. We will show you the most beautiful sights and reveal our personal tips – including a heartfelt recommendation for the night.

1. Ostuni in Apulia at a glance: What awaits you Worth knowing about Ostuni Ostuni is located in Puglia, more precisely in the province of Brindisi, about eight kilometers from away from the Adriatic Sea.Ostuni carries the Nicknames “La città bianca”, in German: the white city. With a few exceptions, the facades of all the houses in the old town are whitewashed. (This is not uncommon in Puglia though – many towns have white houses.)Ostuni is rather touristy. You notice that at the latest when you look at the many souvenir shops that line up in the old town. The small tuktuks also roar back and forth through the city. They drive tourists through the old town. The landscape around Ostuni is very picturesque. Fortunately, the olive groves here have not been attacked by the aggressive bacterium as much as a little further south in Salento. How many days should I spend for Ostuni plan? Ostuni is in our eyes a great home base, to see some more from here To explore travel destinations and sights of Puglia, above all the Valle d’Itria with the famous towns of Alberobello and Locorotondo. So we did it and thought it was great. In this case we would recommend 2 to 4 nights.

If you only want to visit Ostuni as part of a day trip, then a few hours are enough. The old town is quite small and most sights can be explored quickly.

Arrival, parking & transport on site Your journey to Apulia will probably take you via Bari Airport. Anyone planning a road trip through Apulia should ideally rent a rental car there. We usually book our rental car through Sunny Cars. From Bari airport you need about 1 hour and 18 minutes until Ostuni.

Important tip: Cars are mostly forbidden in the old town of Ostuni. You must therefore park your car on the edge of the old town. We recommend the large (chargeable) car park “Parcheggio Ostuni Al Giardino”. From here it is only a 5 minute walk to Piazza della Libertà.

In Ostuni itself it’s time to collect steps! In the old town one moves on foot . There is no traditional public transport in the historic center. If you want, you can book a tour with one of the tuktuks that are ubiquitous in Ostuni.

2. Overnight stay in Ostuni: Our accommodation -Tip Of course, the perfect trip also requires special accommodation . Here we would like to give you a tip for a very unusual retreat: The dreamlike Masseria Dagilupi.

A historic oil mill has been renovated by a French couple with a particular feeling for detail . Today, the Masseria Dagilupi houses three dreamlike rooms – each one is completely individually designed.

The minimalist design runs like a red thread through the entire house. Anyone who likes clear lines and purism will love it here. But you don’t have to do without comfort – quite the opposite. The rooms are furnished to a very high standard (comfortable bed, underfloor heating, etc.)

The location of the Masseria in the middle of millennia-old Olive trees. All around is nothing but pure nature. And it gets even better: from the roof of the Masseria you can see Ostuni in one direction and the sea in the other. The stay would be worth it just for a sunset from up here. By the way, you can reach Ostuni itself in approx. minutes by car.

Last but not least: the excellent breakfast. When the weather is nice, it is served in the idyllic inner courtyard. New delicacies await you every day – all homemade and prepared with lots of love.

You can book accommodation here: Masseria Dagilupi

3. Sights in Ostuni Old Town Before we introduce you to the individual sights in Ostuni, we would like to give you a few general information Lose words about the beautiful old town.

Ostuni is enthroned visible from afar on three hills and is impressive even from afar. Arrived in the old town, a labyrinth of narrow, cobbled streets awaits you. It goes up and down again and again, so we would definitely recommend good shoes.

Ostuni’s old town is rather touristy. Instead of regional (grocery) dealers, you will find almost exclusively souvenir shops here. Especially during the day it can get quite crowded in the small streets. If you are traveling in high season, we would rather recommend the morning or evening hours for your tour.

Cathedral of Ostuni The most important sight in the heart of the old town of Ostuni is the cathedral called Basilica concattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta. It is enthroned – tightly packed against neighboring buildings – at the highest point of Ostuni.

With its gigantic rose window, the cathedral is quite an eye-catcher from the outside. The original cathedral on the site fell victim to an earthquake and was eventually rebuilt in the Romanesque-Gothic style in 15. Rebuilt in the 19th century.

You can visit the church interior free of charge (donation) during opening hours. It is kept rather simple, but it is worth looking up at the ceiling frescoes from the 15. Century.

Arco Scoppa The next important sight of Ostuni is enthroned directly opposite the cathedral: the historic bridge arch called “Arco Scoppa”. It connects two palazzi with each other.

Arco Scopa was originally built of wood. In order to ensure greater durability and stability, a stone construction was later built. Unfortunately, the beautiful, artistic decorations are only visible from one side.

If you also think of the Bridge of Sighs in Venice when you see the arch, you’re not that wrong. This is said to have actually served as a model for the construction of the Arco Scoppa.

Piazza della Libertà The spacious Piazza della Libertà is located just outside the narrow labyrinth of streets and marks, so to speak, the transition from the old town to the new town. For many, the square is one of the first places on their tour of Ostuni, because one of the larger parking lots is not far from here.

Several sights are located in the Piazza della Libertà, including:

Colonna di Sant’Oronzo: A 20 Meter high obelisk dedicated to Sant’Orenzo, the patron saint of the city.Chiesa di San Francesco d’Assisi: A pretty Franciscan church whose facade dates from 18. Century nestles almost perfectly to the adjacent town hall.Palazzo Municipale (City Hall): This neoclassical style former Franciscan convent now houses the City Hall. The Piazza della Libertà is a meeting place. On the edge of the piazza (in the direction of the stairs) there are many small cafes and bars .

Viewpoint: The best view of Ostuni If you “Postcard motif” of Ostuni or want to photograph, then you have to move a little out of the old town. It’s worth it – believe us.

In our opinion, the best vantage point is along the street “Corso Vittorio Emanuele II”. There is a small viewing terrace called “Piazzetta Martiri delle Foibe”, which gives you a beautiful panorama of Ostuni. From Piazza della Libertà it is about minutes on foot.

The small viewing terrace at the Dish restaurant is also popular (and somewhat closer to the city). In our opinion, however, this view cannot compete with the others.

4. Eating and drinking: Culinary tips for Ostuni Ostuni is a Dream for foodies. There are some great restaurants in and around Ostuni, which we would like to introduce to you in this chapter. Right in the historic old town, the culinary offer is comparatively touristy. However, we have always had excellent meals.

Operaprima: The supposedly best pizza in Ostuni is served in this restaurant, which is also popular with locals. In addition to pizza, there is also pasta as well as fish and meat dishes – classic Italian.

Osteria Ricanatti: If you want to treat yourself to a special evening, go right here. Multi-course menus (also vegetarian) of high quality are served. There are only a few tables, so a reservation is advisable.

Gabo Coffee & More: A somewhat hidden restaurant in the center of Ostuni with a very pretty, green courtyard and a great terrace. We stopped in for an aperitivo and some snacks.

Borgo Antico Bistrot: Very popular restaurant in a great location. Perfect for a sundowner, aperitivo or dinner in an uncomplicated atmosphere. Very popular in high season. Reservations are unfortunately not possible.

Trattoria Fave e Fogghje: Urban, quite original trattoria in the old town of Ostuni. The menu (classic Italian) is small but fine.

Cremeria La Scala: Excellent ice cream, which is said to be among the best in Puglia. Small but fine selection. We recommend!

Gabo Coffee & More Borgo Antico Bistrot Operaprima Trattoria Fave e Fogghje 5. Map: All sights and tips at a glance So that you can have a To give you a better overview, we have drawn all the sights and tips for Ostuni on this map. Our tip: It is best to click on the rectangle at the top right to save the map on your smartphone (Google Maps app).

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Have you ever been to beautiful Ostuni? Did you also like the “White City” so much? Maybe you want to share your sightseeing or dining tips with us? We look forward to your comment.39476