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WHAT TO SEE in OSTUNI?
10 THINGS TO SEE in OSTUNI
Historic Center of Ostuni
The Old Town, known throughout the world for the white of its houses thanks to their whitewashing (for this Ostuni is also known as the White City). The historic center is a succession of narrow streets that intertwine with each other and climb towards the upper part of the city passing through small squares, stairways and beautiful panoramic points.
Ramparts & Church of Santa Maria della Stella
Ostuni is surrounded by a medieval wall (to be precise there are three) with bastions and two entrance doors. You cannot visit Ostuni and not take a walk along the panoramic road par excellence, at the foot of the walls. The Church of Santa Maria della Stella is located close to the city walls (if you get lost you have to look for Viale Oronzo Quaranta). The Church of Santa Maria della Stella, dating back to the 17th century, is located right next to the walls with a beautiful staircase leading to the entrance door.
Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta
In the heart of the historic center of Ostuni and in the highest part of the town. The square it overlooks takes its name from the church, Piazzetta Cattedrale. Do you think that the central rose window is the second largest in Europe. Don't miss the interior with its frescoed ceiling and chapels.
Porta del Paradiso (Heaven's Door)
The most photographed door in all of Puglia! It is a door painted with colors ranging from blue to emerald green framed by prickly pears on a white wall. Seen with the blue sky background, the scenic effect is really beautiful (so much so that it can also be used as an advertising set). There are several stories related to this door, according to some it has never been opened, according to others it is not known what it hides. In reality, it belongs to a house, arranged on several levels, which can be rented (CasaBluOstuni). From the sides of the door you have a splendid view of the plain below up to the sea!
Piazza della Libertà & Obelisk of Sant'Oronzo
The real hub of the city, as well as the largest square in Ostuni.Here stands one of the symbols of the White City, the Obelisk of San Oronzo, the patron saint of Ostuni who defended the city from plague epidemics.Enjoy a moment of relaxation in one of the many rooms overlooking the square, perhaps admiring Palazzo San Francesco, an ancient Franciscan monastery that now houses the Town Hall.
Church of San Francesco
Next to the town hall is the Church of San Francesco d'Assisi, built in 1304 which is another of the symbols of Ostuni. Inside, let yourself be amazed by the beauty of the main altar.
Church of the Holy Spirit
Another of the churches to see in Ostuni is the Church of the Holy Spirit, not far from Piazza della Libertà. The first thing that will catch your attention is the porch decorated with numerous details dating back to the 15th century.
Civic Museum of Ostuni
Known as the Museum of Preclassical Civilizations of Southern Murgia, in the former monastery of Santa Maria Maddalena dei Pazzi. It houses beautiful finds belonging to the Messapian, medieval and modern age from the areas around Ostuni (and from the famous Grotta di Agnano).
Bishop's Palace, Seminary Palace & Arco della Scoppa
Palazzo Vescovile and Palazzo Seminario (seat of the Curia), both in the Piazzetta della Cattedrale, are joined by a loggia known as the Arco della Scoppa which is distinguished from the two buildings by its almost golden color (the color of the local stone).
Church of the Madonna della Grata
Built in the early 1900s, it was dedicated to the Madonna della Grata, linked to an episode of miraculous healing dating back to the 1700s. In memory of this, the feast of the Virgin is celebrated every first Sunday in August with a suggestive procession.
Visiting this city at its best depends essentially on how long you have to fully enjoy it. Here is a solution based on the number of days available to you:
Day 1 - Walking in Ostuni - Google Maps
(By opening the Maps with Google, you can easily follow our path)
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GAY NIGHTLIFE in OSTUNI
5 BEST GAY PLACES, BARS & CLUBS in OSTUNI
La Mela Bacata Lounge Bar (Cocktail Bar)
Gipas 111 (Cocktail Bar)
Caffè Garibaldi (Cocktail Bar)
Casbah (Cocktail Bar)
Riccardo Caffè (Cocktail Bar)
TRAVEL TIPS about OSTUNI by World Mappers
Don't miss the best Panoramic Point of Ostuni, better known as Belvedere di Ostuni, from which you can observe the landscape of the Valle d'Itria from above. To get there click here.
Head to Via Gaspare Petrarolo, in the heart of Ostuni, at the L'Ulivo che Canta artisan workshop to admire the works of the sculptor Antonio, known as Tonino. In Tonino's workshop a piece of olive wood comes to life and is transformed into a real work of art. Not only sculptures but also household utensils, ornaments, jewels and much more. We fell in love with Papillons!
A few kilometers from the center of Ostuni there is an unmissable place, the Dune Costiere Park. The perfect place for nature lovers. About 1,100 hectares of unspoiled nature with paths for beautiful walks, ancient olive trees and of course the sea. Don't miss the farms inside the reserve where you can taste the excellent local products.
About two kilometers from Ostuni is the Natural Archaeological Park of Santa Maria di Agnano. Inside there is the homonymous cave, seat of ancient cults and rites for about 3000 years.
Not far from Ostuni we suggest you take a trip to the wonderful Borgo di Carovigno, really very picturesque, and to the Dentice di Frasso Castle, of Norman origins that will make you feel like you are in an episode of Game of Thrones.
The soul of Salento is the Pizzica, the famous popular dance that has its origins in dance rites to exorcise tarantism, a form of hysteria that struck women who were thought to have been bitten by tarantulas or scorpions. Every year in Salento the Pizzica in Tour – Festival of Pizzica and Taranta is held, the traveling festival of popular music, and Ostuni is often the first stop on this long tour.
The Most BEAUTIFUL BEACHES of OSTUNI
Although Ostuni is not a coastal city, it is very close to the sea. For this, some of the best beaches to see in Ostuni could not be missing:
Costa Merlata Beach
A beautiful beach ideal for the little ones. In this area the coast is very low and you have to walk several meters for it to start to get deep. Furthermore, it is a Dog-Friendly beach.
Ideal for water sports lovers. Try snorkelling to admire the wonders of its seabed up close.
Torre Santa Sabina Beach
Fine sand, crystal clear waters, a pine forest and the Tower of Santa Sabina, that's what you will find on this fantastic beach.
Torre Pozzelle Beach
One of the most beautiful beaches for the small rocks that characterize it. If you add golden sand and crystal clear sea, the result is wonderful.
Quarto di Monte Beach
A small paradise little frequented by tourists. A quiet beach where you can relax and enjoy the beautiful sea.
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