In southern Italy, in the Puglia region, Ostuni gives us a different view of all the topics we have about Italian populations. It is a place that takes us to other regions of the Mediterranean, and that, in large part, is due to its whitewashed architecture. In fact, it is simply known as the "white city." Do you want to meet her? We tell you some things about this amazing destination.
Ostuni, white and more colors
Definitely, What stands out most when contemplating the urban complex of Ostuni is the white color of its hamlet. A pure white tone reminiscent of other sister places, such as certain villages in Andalusia or the Greek islands. In fact, links with Greece come from ancient times.Ostuni Street
But although white is the visual emblem of Ostuni, there are more colors that attract attention, like the earthy tones of their fields and the green of its wide olive groves that, again, relate it to other areas of southern Europe.
And from the viewpoints of the streets of Ostuni distinguishes another essential color to understand this territory: the blue of the Adriatic Sea, which is located a few kilometers from the urban center.
The Adriatic in Ostuni
Before entering the streets of Ostuni, you have to discover its coastline. They are waiting for about 20 kilometers of coastline where beaches, coves and cliffs alternate. A landscape in front of the Adriatic of the most beautiful and that you can not miss. Without a doubt, the perfect complement for the visit to the population.
Tips for the walk through OstuniOstuni Street
It is not easy to walk through Ostuni. We let you know from the beginning. The population sits on several hills, so its urbanism is quite tortuous, with constant "ups and downs". And if it was not enough, the streets are narrow, winding, broken and there is no lack of flights of stairs.
That is, if you are not in good shape or are wearing inappropriate shoes, the visit will be torture. On the other hand, if you are minimally prepared for such conditions, the walk through the white city will be a delight for the senses. It will seem to us that we have moved in time, until reaching the Middle Ages.
The heritage that awaits usOstuni Cathedral
In fact, much of Ostuni's historical and artistic heritage is after the Middle Ages. While, we can still see part of the wall which saw different cultures pass through here, from the Greeks to the Normans, through the Byzantines. And even the Aragonese, who in the mid-fifteenth century expanded part of the city's defenses.
As well 15th century is its former cathedral. But although its gothic origins are seen, the truth is that a large part of the elements that attract attention today are from the later era, especially those made in the Baroque era.
Very close there is the Plaza de la Libertad, epicenter of Ostuni. Here stands one of his heritage jewels, the column of Santo Oronzo. It is from the 18th century and at its highest point, 20 meters from the ground, it has the figure of this saint so revered in the population.
There are more churches, palaces and mansions along the hamlet of Ostuni, and our advice is to travel it calmly and without an overly established course. May the city surprise us. Surely he will!
After that walk along the coast and the streets of Ostuni we can already take advantage to explore its surroundings of the Itria valley. A true stranger for non-Italian tourists. But it is a fascinating region, with authentic jewels that you should not miss if you have the opportunity to explore the area by car.
There, spectacular towns like Alberobello, Locorotondo or Cisternino await you. These are real surprises that, together with Ostuni, make spending a holiday in Puglia a real pleasure.