Summer is perhaps the most beautiful season for holidays and visiting important tourist locations such as the white city of Puglia. But it always happens that in summer you have all the intentions to visit everything there is to see, but the heat complicates things and we decide to go and enjoy the sea of Puglia. (Do you know which are the most beautiful beaches in Puglia?)
But when the air starts to be cooler we can visit the places with greater tranquility, in this guide we want to show you what to see in Ostuni in the fall.
Stroll in the historic center of Ostuni
Thanks to the predominant white lime in Ostuni, in autumn it is even more enthralling to take a walk in the historic center of the white city and walk in the historic alleys and discover the hidden squares.Walking on foot the streets of Ostuni, between alleys and medieval stairways You can admire ramparts, palaces and courtyards and stellar starred restaurants and typical shops.
Not to be missed is the concathedral of Ostuni with its characteristic façade of late Gothic forms, the church of S. Giacomo in Compostella, a great expression of Gothic art, and the Episcopal Palace.
In addition to its historical monuments, Ostuni is always active as regards parties and exhibitions. Until November 4, 2018 you can visit the exhibition dedicated to Picasso entitled “Picasso, the other half of the sky”. We at Palazzo Rodio decided to create a small offer for those wishing to see the Picasso exhibition and stay in our 19th century holiday apartments. For more information on the exhibition and the offer click here: Picasso Promo.
Visit 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 olive oil is obtained by cold extraction with millstones in stone and sweet pressing to preserve its organoleptic properties and enhance the gustatory-olfactory qualities that we could directly appreciate during the tasting by the producer and owner of the farm, Corrado Rodio, jealous guardian of the enormous patrimony that extends beyond the high and white walls: a thousand olive trees of which 800 registered as a national monument. Making us taste the gold colored liquid produced by these wonderful plants explains that an olive grove to be called monumental must have at least 60% of trees with a trunk diameter equal to or greater than one meter. In addition they must present a particular bearing and have a historical-anthropological value ascertained through historical documents, such as the writings of Columella in which he mentioned a place near Brindisi, where the “Salento” was cultivated, attributable to the lettuce of Salento.
Here, the absolute protagonists, on equal merit, are the monumental olive grove and the fortified farm, one of the oldest in Puglia. Walking through the sculpture trees with enchanting shapes it is easy to be induced to the spontaneous play of the association of the shape of the twisted trunks of the olive trees to a mental image, a psychic process called pareidolia.
Discover 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.
Visit The Regional Natural Park of the Coastal Dunes
The Regional Natural Park of the Coastal Dunes extends in the territories of Ostuni and Fasano, from Torre Canne to Torre San Leonardo on about 1,100 hectares, about 9 km of coastline and goes towards the plain of ancient olive trees.
In the Park there are numerous habitats of naturalistic interest, from long dune-covered cords covered with rare juniper-like vegetation (with some monumental specimens of 500-600 years) to the retrodunal ponds, salicornieto and giuncheto environments (classified as habitats of community interest) , which host numerous migratory birds and which play an important role for the reproduction or the resting of rare species of migratory birds mainly aquatic, which transit on the Adriatic. In the sandy bottoms, starting from 10-12 meters of depth, the prairies of Posidonia oceanica extend, a marine plant present only in the Mediterranean, comparable, for many functions, to tropical forests. Its presence is an indication of excellent quality and cleanliness of the water.(More Information)
Eat in Ostuni
In a previous guide we showed you which restaurants you should try if you decide to come on holiday in Ostuni in the fall.
For dinner we suggest three addresses. The first is in Corso Cavour, an artery that connects through the central square the oldest village to the part of the city built between 700 and 800: Risto Caffè Cavour of chef Fabrizio Nacci where you can taste the delicious local productions elaborated in delicious dishes taste within the walls of an ancient underground oil mill. Also the second is located a few steps from the historic center. We are talking about the usual place (via C. Braico 37, +39 0831 305850 – [email protected]), where chef Francesco Carlucci offers meat and fish specialties, but also tasty pizzas cooked in a wood oven . (Where to eat in Ostuni)
Where to sleep in Ostuni
From this brief guide you will have realized that Ostuni can be visited easily on foot and that you can forget the car for a few days. Our holiday home Ostuni Palazzo Rodio is located in the historic center of the white city and has a private internal parking. Our apartments can accommodate from 2 to 16 people. Our nineteenth-century apartments have been renovated keeping the original style and are all equipped with kitchen and air conditioning.
Nineteenth-century palace located in the center of Ostuni. Renovated respecting the original style.