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Ostuni is one of the most beautiful cities in Puglia that should be visited at least once in a lifetime. But many times it is thought that to visit this city it is necessary to wait only for the summer. On the contrary, Ostuni is a city worth visiting even in September and during the autumn. There are lots of attractions and wonderful places to visit. Let’s find out together which ones.

Ostuni Historical Center
Picturesque and undiscovered is Ostuni, the White City. Renowned tourist destination, it boasts a wonderful medieval village, full of narrow streets. Among the white alleys of the town it is easy to see why it is called “the White City”: each house is painted white with lime paint. Renowned tourist center, from 1994 to 2017 it received the Blue Flag and the five sails of Legambiente for the cleaning of the waters of its coast and for the quality of the services offered, becoming the city with the cleanest sea in Italy. Furthermore, in 2005 the Puglia Region recognized the municipality as a “tourist resort”. A walk in the old city, called the “land” to distinguish it from the more recent “marina”, offers picturesque views through alleys, steep staircases, courtyards and small squares overlooked by white houses embellished with geraniums, craft shops, typical restaurants and small shops.

Beaches near Ostuni
With 17 km of beaches, alternating dunes covered with centuries-old juniper trees, sandy beaches, rocks, Aragonese lookout tower and seaside hamlets, Ostuni offers a wide choice of beaches able to satisfy even the most demanding. The coast of Ostuni, along with its countless pristine beaches and coves, will allow you to experience a spectacular holiday from every point of view. One piece of advice we can give you is to book in advance because these beaches are always highly sought after in the summer months. The municipal administration of Ostuni has identified 2 public beach bau where our 4-legged friends are allowed.

The Regional Natural Park of the Coastal Dunes
The Park with its many natural habitats, extensive arable land, protagonists of projects for the protection of crops with biological methods, secular olive groves; the Via Traiana, the archaeological and historical-cultural sites, the historic farms and the hypogeum oil mills, the blades, the rock settlements, the accommodation facilities and the manufacturing companies in the Mark of the Park, the inhabited areas: a complex area rich in values to be safeguarded and promoted, an area in which the Regional Natural Park of Coastal Dunes, among the most interesting in Southern Italy, plays a role of environmental protection and sustainable economic development of particular relevance.

The ancient Masserie of Ostuni
In Ostuni there is the Antica Masseria Brancati, where organic extra virgin olive oil of superior quality is produced from the monumental millennial olive trees. The guided tour begins in the monumental olive grove to discover the specimens with fascinating sculptural forms, continues in the Hypogeum crusher of probable Messapian age with stone mill, cisterns, chimney, stable and olive grove.

The Trulli
Less than an hour’s drive from Ostuni is Alberobello, the only city in Puglia where there is still an entire neighborhood of trulli, declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Here you can visit the Museum of the territory: excellent reconstructions of how you lived in the area until not many years ago. Do not miss Casa Pezzolla, a complex of fifteen connecting and adjoining trulli, located between Piazza del Popolo and the Aia Piccola district. In Piazza Sacramento stands the highest and most complete, the Trullo Sovrano, which with its two floors, reaches 15 meters in height. Craft shops and small shops selling typical products will also give you the opportunity to buy original Christmas gifts.

Christmas markets in Ostuni
Every year during this period the typical Christmas markets take place, also under the big tree there will be stands of objects, decorations, cribs, handmade dolls, toys, scented chalks. There will be no gastronomic stands with a wide range of products and local specialties such as pancakes, chocolate, nougat, panettone, salami and cheese. You can also attend the Biblical Living Nativity, a representation in biblical form that is distinguished from other living natives since it involves in total over one hundred and fifty figures wearing Roman costumes.