Fortified with imposing white ramparts that enclose a maze of winding streets, captivating Ostuni is known as La Citta Bianca – the ‘White City’. Said to resemble a town in Greece more than the typical Italian style architecture, the city towers sit atop a hill overlooking the plains of the Valle d’Itria – boasting spectacular views towards the Adriatic Coast. You’ll love strolling around the picturesque streets of the town centre, perhaps stopping at one of the charming cafes or browsing the tiny artisan’s shops that spill out onto the cobbled alleyways. You will also find several excellent restaurants in Ostuni, offering the chance to taste delicious local cuisine.
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You will find many traditional recipes with rich flavours on the menu in Ostuni with ingredients such as pearl barley and favo beans. Visit the old town (Centro Storico) for some quaint little eateries with vaulted ceilings and good atmosphere.
Ostuni is one of the larger towns in the Valle d'Itria and has a wide selection of cafés, bars and restaurants staying open until quite late and serving aperitivi.
Climb the small staircases and winding cobbled pathways of the pretty old town. The journey will be worth it when you reach the top, you will be greeted with a fantastic view down the hillside and out to the Adriatic sea. The streets are also dotted with small souvenir shops and restaurants. Visit the information centre for a map so you don't get lost!
Visit Ostuni's cathedral located in the heart of the old town, nestled amongst all the other white buildings on the hillside. The cathedral dates back to 1435 is open every day from 10:00 - 13:00 and 15:00 - 20:00.
Festa di San Gius...national event
At this patronal feast honoring St. Joseph, visitors gather in the evening around a large bonfire and sample local dishes such as tria and desserts. Events may include music, processions and more.
Good Fridaynational event
Easter Sundaynational event
Labour Daynational event
Liberation Daynational event
Festa Il Cavallo ...national event
Festa Il Cavallo Parato, Brindisi. This festival commemorates the Feast of Corpus Domini as well as the return of King Louis IX of France from the Crusades. A procession weaves its way through the town led by the bishop on a white stallion.
Bari Jazz Festivalnational event
The festival will be the stage for the greatest contemporary music trends, with a series of free concerts, held in spellbinding locations, steeped in art, nature and history. A rich line-up of front-rank artists and local talents, selected by an artistic committee of experts.
St John The Bapti...national event
Assumption of Marynational event
The weekend of August 14th/ 15h (Ferragosto) is a huge national bank holiday and many shops and services will be closed and restaurants will be very busy. Please be aware that traffic could be very heavy at this time.
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