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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.

Understand[edit]

The "white town" rises from the green olive groves

Ostuni stands at the boundary between the Murge Plateau and the Salento Peninsula, of which is its northernmost town and one of the most visited ones. The old town rises on the top of three hills that have been covered during centuries with hundreds of white houses, Gothic and Baroque churches, white defensive walls encircled by panoramic streets overlooking a stunning landscape. Its peculiar location gives the opportunity to let the eyes wander from the gentle hills of the Murge to the Adriatic sea, as well as endless olive tree fields dotted with trulli and masserie.

Tourist information[edit]

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

Brindisi Airport, +39 0831 411-7406 (BDS IATA), known as Aeroporto del Salento, is located at less than 40 km (24 mi) south and it is reachable by car in about ½ hr.

By train[edit]

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.

By bus[edit]

Different private bus companies provides links from cities of Italy, France, Germany and Croatia to Ostuni:

By car[edit]

  • From Bari: Strada Statale 16 Italia.svg freeway towards Brindisi for 80 km (49 mi) and you will arrive in the very centre of Ostuni. (1 hr)
  • From Brindisi: Strada Statale 379 Italia.svg freeway until the exit "Ostuni" (near the coast), then Strada Provinciale 21 Italia.svg to reach the old town. (½ hr)
  • From Lecce: Strada Statale 613 Italia.svg freeway until Brindisi and continue on Strada Statale 16 Italia.svg to bypass its centre, then follow the route described above. (45 min)
  • From Taranto: Strada Statale 7 Italia.svg until the exit "Francavilla Fontana", then drive along Strada Provinciale 28 Italia.svg. (45 min)

Get around[edit]

See[edit]

  • 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, +39 0831 301-177. 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. Ostuni Cathedral (Q2942571) on Wikidata Ostuni Cathedral on Wikipedia
  • 2 Museum of Pre-Classical Civilizations of Southern Murgia (Museo di civiltà preclassiche della Murgia meridionale), Via Cattedrale, 15, +39 0831 303-973, . Daily 10:00-19:00. €5/€3 (reduced).

Do[edit]

Buy[edit]

Eat[edit]

  • 1 Cicinedda Fruit bistrot, Piazza della Libertà, 15, +39 345 608 2382. 11:00-04:00. Bar specialized in dishes with fruit, vegetables, frappes and fruit juices. The ideal place for vegetarian and light meals with genuine products and low prices in a handy position.

Drink[edit]

  • 1 Mela Bacata, Via Scipione Petrarolo, 15/17, +39 349 785 8575. 18:00-00:00. Informal lounge bar to enjoy cocktails in the welcoming room or seated on apple green poufs in a narrow alley, with a stunning view of the green countryside.
  • 2 Riccardo Caffè, Via G. Tanzarella Vitale, 61/63, +39 0831 306 046, +39 339 772 7927, . 18:00-02:00, closed on Tuesdays from October to May. Lounge bar located in a sort of cave made from a medieval mill, with an elegant and cool atmosphere with poufs and soft lounge music. Prices can be a bit high.

Sleep[edit]

Many hotels and B&B are hidden between the alleys of the old town

Budget[edit]

  • Lo Sperone (Azienda Agricola "Lo Sperone" Agriturismo), Via Cisternino, +39 0831 339124. Agritourism. Breakfast each morning with farm-grown vegetables and olive oil, and engaging conversation, should you desire it.
  • 1 Camping Villaggio Il Pilone, SS379 Bari-Brindisi km 14 (along the coast freeway in contrada Pilone), +39 0831 350 135, . Choose between a tent, a roulotte or a camper in the camping area or a more comfortable room in the holiday village cottages. If you prefer the last option you will have access to pool, playground, sport fields, restaurant and a dog area, depending on how much do you want to spend; fares are however quite low.

Mid-range[edit]

Splurge[edit]

  • 2 Relais La Sommità, Via Scipione Petrarolo, 7, +39 0831 305 925, . Check-in: 03:00, check-out: 12:00. Exclusive five-star hotel in the very centre of the old town with a stunning view of the landscape. Services includes spa, Jacuzzi, solarium, car and bicycle rental, an excellent restaurant and much more.

Go next[edit]

You cannot miss the nearby trulli of Alberobello
  • 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)
  • Martina Franca – The largest city of Itria Valley, with a large pedestrianized old town rich of Baroque buildings (½ 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)
Routes through Ostuni
PaduaBariPolignano a MareMonopoli  N Strada Statale 16 Italia.svg S  BrindisiLecceOtranto
Martina Franca  W Strada Provinciale 14 Italia.svg E  END


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