Ostuni is a town in the province of Brindisi in the region of Apulia (Puglia), Italy. Ostuni is commonly referred to as "the White Town" due to the fact the vast majority of its houses, as well as the medieval walls, are painted white.
Ostuni stands at the boundary between the Murge Plateau and the Salento Peninsula, its northernmost town, and one of its most visited ones.
Ostuni railway station is 2 km east os the historic centre, in the commercial area. Here Intercity and regional trains arrive from Brindisi (20 min), Lecce (45 min) and Bari (50 min), as well as Frecciabianca trains from Ancona (about 5 hr) and Bologna (8 hr), running along the Adriatic railway line. Services are provided by the national company Trenitalia.
Different private bus companies provides links from cities of Italy, France, Germany and Croatia to Ostuni:
- Ferrovie del Sud Est from Brindisi (50 min) and Bari (2 hr).
- Flixbus from 14 destinations including Aix-en-Provence, Nîmes, Rijeka, Zurich and main Italian towns.
- Marino Bus from various cities of Italy, Austria, Germany, Luxembourg, Spain and Switzerland.
- From Bari: freeway towards Brindisi for 80 km (49 mi) and you will arrive in the very centre of Ostuni. (1 hr)
- From Brindisi: freeway until the exit "Ostuni" (near the coast), then to reach the old town. (½ hr)
- From Lecce: freeway until Brindisi and continue on to bypass its centre, then follow the route described above. (45 min)
- From Taranto: until the exit "Francavilla Fontana", then drive along . (45 min)
- The coast near Ostuni hosts a few good places to take in some sun or go for a dip; nearby spiaggia Torre Canne is a favorite of the locals, although quieter spots abound as well.
- 1 Ostuni Cathedral (Concattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta), Piazza Beato Giovanni Paolo II, ☏ . Tu-Su 10:00-13:00; Sa-Su 16:00-19:00. The majestic cathedral shows aspects of Romanesque, Gothic and Baroque architectural styles and it is recognizable by the richly decorated rose window. Construction started in 1435, but after an earthquake occurred in 1456 that damaged it, the structure was rebuilt in a Gothic style during 1469-1495. It was declared an Italian national monument in 1902. Free entry.
- 2 Museum of Pre-Classical Civilizations of Southern Murgia (Museo di civiltà preclassiche della Murgia meridionale), Via Cattedrale, 15, ☏ , ✉ email@example.com. Daily 10:00-19:00. €5/€3 (reduced).
- Lo Sperone (Azienda Agricola "Lo Sperone" Agriturismo), Via Cisternino, ☏ . Agritourism. Breakfast each morning with farm-grown vegetables and olive oil, and engaging conversation, should you desire it.
- Alberobello – Location of the world-famous trulli, typical white houses recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. (45 min by car)
- Brindisi – Ancient Roman port on the Adriatic Sea, where you can take a ferry to reach Albania or Greece. (½ hr by car)
- Lecce – The triumph of the Baroque architecture in the heart of Salento Peninsula. (1 hr by car)
- Monopoli – A characteristic old town on the Adriatic coast, famous for its enchanting old fishing port. (40 min by car)
- Taranto – The largest city of Salento Peninsula, on the Ionian coast. In the National Archaeological Museum you can admire a large amount of Greek coins, jewellery and ceramics. (45 min by car)