Quick guide to Ostuni, the White City

Quick guide to Ostuni, the White City


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Whether you are setting a base ion Ostuni or passing Ostuni as part of your Puglia road trip, make sure to spend some time in this gorgeous white city of Puglia.

Driving through the Valle d'Itria, you will already see Ostuni town long before you arrive. The dominant white building is already rising above the ocean on top of the hill. Like any Pugliese town, the old town of Ostuni is like a maze with white alleways, staircases and arches. The city is just located on a hill with mesmerizing views on Adriatic sea around the corner. A popular place in Puglia for you to explore or even stay couple of days.

Quick guide to Ostuni, the White City

Visit Ostuni cathedral

Ostuni cathedral is a Roman Catholic cathedral dedicated to the Assumption of the Virgin Mary. Sitting at the top of the hill in Ostuni, it is like a crown to the city. Make sure to visit inside as well, as it is as stunning as outside.

Quick guide to Ostuni, the White City

Quick guide to Ostuni, the White City

Sip a coffee at Piazza della Liberta

Piazza della Liberta is the main sqaure in Ostuni, and also a great place to take a coffee or lunch break whilst people watching. This square has been always the main meeting point for tourists as well as locals, and many events and activities would take place here. This is the first place you will see once you arrive to Ostuni's historical city center. Around this square you will notice many monuments already, such as the Obelisk of Sant'Oronzo column or church of the Spirito Santo.

Quick guide to Ostuni, the White City

Quick guide to Ostuni, the White City

Quick guide to Ostuni, the White City


Scenic point from Panorama Cittá Bianca Di Ostuni

Ostuni is beautiful from outside as well as inside. You can totally forget about the White City while you are discovery the beautiful parts of the city from inside, but there are few scenic viewpoints outside the town where you can admire the white buildings on top of the hill, like at Panorama Citta Bianca Di Ostuni.

Alternative view points on the White City around the defensive walls

If the scenic point was too off the city, you can still admire the White City from different angles, such as taking the large Vittorio Emanuele II street or the impressive walk around the city's defensive walls on Viale Oronzo Quaranta. Either way, it is beautiful to see the views on white buildings as well as from Viale Oronzo Quaranta you can admire the view on the sea and landscape surrounded by Ostuni.

Quick guide to Ostuni, the White City

Quick guide to Ostuni, the White City

Admire the catholic church of San Francesco d'Assisi

Not far from the main square you can visit the catholic church of San Francesco d'Assisi.


Don't miss the baroque Arco Scoppa

Just in front of Ostuni Cathedral you may see the beautiful arch linking on the right hand side of the cathedral the Palazzo Vescovile (The Bishop's Palace) to the other end which is Palazzo del Seminario (The Seminar's palace). The baroque arch called Arco Stoppa was once built fully by wood, but it was replaced by stoned in 1750.

Quick guide to Ostuni, the White City

Relax at Palazzo Vescovile

Palazzo Vescovile is pretty much the square where Ostuni cathedral and arch is based. It may be very busy and touristy, but you'll have a beautiful view on the surrounding architecture details and main monuments of Ostuni. The Palazzo Vescovile and the Palazzo del Seminario are joined together by an arched loggia built in 1759 on whose pediment leans a winged putto (originally there were two).

Explore the endless white streets

Citist Pugliese towns are not done unless you will explore and get lost in their historical city centers. It is picturesque from every angle and corner. Especially in Ostuni, you will be blown away from the endless white streets and staircases.


Quick guide to Ostuni, the White City

Quick guide to Ostuni, the White City
Quick guide to Ostuni, the White City

Quick guide to Ostuni, the White City


Lunch break at Via Vito Tamborrino

Via Vito Tamborrino is a little cute street just off the main square and the column monument. Perfect spot for lunch or coffee break.

Quick guide to Ostuni, the White City

Quick guide to Ostuni, the White City

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