Ostuni: what to see in the “white city”

Ostuni, known as the "White City", is a jewel of Puglia that enchants visitors with its characteristic whitewashed historic centre, a maze of narrow streets reminiscent of an Arab casbah. This ancient city, kissed by the sun and enveloped in Mediterranean light, offers a unique combination of history, traditions, excellent gastronomy and splendid beaches. Its unique atmosphere and panoramic position over the Itria Valley make it one of the most loved destinations not only in Italy but throughout the world.

What to see in Ostuni

The city, perched on three hills, offers picturesque views at every corner, with narrow alleys, steep stairways and hidden squares, enriched by artisan shops, typical restaurants and local craft shops. Ostuni is a city that must be discovered calmly, letting yourself be guided by instinct and curiosity, to capture all the magic and atmosphere that only the "White City" can offer.

The Historic Center of Ostuni

The beating heart of Ostuni is its historic center, a white bloom of buildings that tell stories of bygone eras. Within its Aragonese walls, it preserves the structure of a medieval village, with narrow streets that intertwine between the whitewashed houses.

Via Cattedrale, the main artery of the centre, leads to the majestic Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, built in the 15th century and a masterpiece of Gothic architecture. A short distance away, the Church of Saint James of Compostela bears witness to the antiquity of the city. Piazza della Libertà, with the imposing Obelisk of Sant'Oronzo, is the meeting place par excellence, where history, culture and social life come together in harmonious coexistence.

The surroundings of Ostuni, from the Itria Valley to Salento

Starting from Ostuni, you can easily reach the Itria Valley, famous for its trulli, famous for its olive groves and trulli, the characteristic cone-shaped buildings that dot the landscape making it unique in the world. Locations such as Alberobello, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, the Castellana caves and the villages of Cisternino and Locorotondo offer a dive into local culture and traditions, including walks along cobbled streets, tastings of typical products and a breathtaking view of the hilly landscapes.

The Torre Guaceto nature reserve, located a few kilometers from Ostuni, is a corner of paradise where nature reigns supreme. This protected area extends over an area of ​​several hundred hectares, offering diversified habitats ranging from sandy dunes to wetlands and stretches of crystal-clear sea. The reserve is an ideal place for lovers of trekking, bird watching and, of course, for those who want to enjoy pristine beaches and snorkel among the seabed rich in marine life.

Continuing along the coast, you come across Monopoli, a city rich in history with a fascinating historic center overlooking the sea. Its defensive walls, bastions and castle tell centuries of history, while the small coves and equipped beaches offer moments of pure relaxation. Don't miss exploring the port, with its colorful boats, and getting lost in the alleys of the centre, where you can discover artisan shops and taste the typical dishes of Apulian cuisine.

Arriving at Polignano a Mare, you are greeted by one of the most evocative views of Puglia. This town is famous for its white houses overlooking the sea and the incredible cliffs that offer breathtaking views of the Adriatic. Polignano was the birthplace of Domenico Modugno, and walking through its streets you can perceive a magical, almost suspended atmosphere. Its crystal clear waters are ideal for those who love diving and sea caves, among which the famous Grotta Palazzese stands out, one of the greatest natural attractions in the area.

After exploring Ostuni and its surroundings, the journey can continue towards Salento, the land between two seas. This area of ​​Puglia is renowned for its crystalline beaches, historic centers rich in art and history, and an atmosphere that expertly mixes tradition and modernity. Lecce, with its unmistakable baroque style, Gallipoli and Otranto, with their fortresses overlooking the sea.

Ostuni represents an unmissable stop for anyone visiting there Puglia. Its thousand-year history, deep-rooted traditions and welcoming nature make it a fascinating destination in every season. Discovering Ostuni means immersing yourself in a world of beauty, among breathtaking views, unique architecture and dream beaches, for an unforgettable travel experience in the heart of the Mediterranean.

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