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Ostuni: once visited, forever enchanted

Nestling on a hill, high above an olive – carpeted plateau in ever so pretty Puglia, lies “La Città Bianca”: the white city of Ostuni, where in the town square they dance the enchanting Tarantella. Click here to watch a short BBC visit to Ostuni:




This wonderful BBC film features Ostuni and the “Tarantella” in their popular “Italy Unpacked” TV programme with British art critic Andrew Graham-Dixon and Italian chef Giorgio Locatelli. Most what visitors can see today dates from between the 1400s and the 1700s.

The so-called “Old Town” is Ostuni’s citadel built on top of a hill and is still fortified by ancient walls. Ostuni is regarded as an architectural jewel in Puglia and is commonly called  “the White Town” for its white walls and its typically white-painted architecture.

Screenshot taken from BBC Two – Italy Unpacked

Cathedral and the Bishop’s Palace



The highlight of any visit to Ostuni arrives when you reach the highest part of town, home to the imposing Archbishop’s palace and a 15th century Cathedral, the town’s largest and most impressive buildings.

Author: Assessorato al Turismo e Industria Alberghiera – Regione Puglia

Panoramic views and Stunning beaches



The views from Ostuni are, by themselves, a good reason enough to spend a holiday there. Enchanting views abound from all angles, the best of which offer 360-degree panoramas of the surrounding countryside and the Adriatic Sea.

The coastline near Ostuni is just 8km away and boasts some of Puglia’s most stunning beaches whose cleanliness and quality of amenities are testified to by the 5 Blue Flags won in recent years.

Religious traditions and Tantalizing Food



Ostuni hosts several events all the year round including the famous Cavalcata di Sant’Oronzo, a celebration of the town’s patron saint. This fabulous event takes place between the 24th-27th August every year and its biggest highlight is a knightly, costumed procession on horseback. This colorful procession is a definite must-see when visiting Puglia during the summer months.

For food lovers, Ostuni is the place to be on 15th August, when the Sagra dei Vecchi Tempi comes to town, offering visitors the chance to try some of the regions most traditional and delicious dishes.

Screenshot taken from BBC Two – Italy Unpacked

Book a Villa in Ostuni


If you’re planning to visit Ostuni, we have chosen two exceptional Ostuni Villas that are both superbly located for the ultimate Puglia holiday:


Villa Serena, an 11 cone cluster of trulli brought back to life in splendid fashion. Sumptuously restored with an incredible attention to detail and with a very smart pool, this ancient trulli villa is close to the beaches of Ostuni.



Villa Filippa, a beautifully restored trulli and contemporary villa which can accommodate up to 12 guests with 6 bedrooms and 7 bathrooms.







For more gorgeous villa in Puglia, browse our hand picked collection here.

Did you fall in love with Ostuni? Are you looking for other fantastic places to visit in Puglia? Lecce, Bari and Brindisi are just few of the must see sites of this dreamy region.

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