Ostuni Things to Do
This church is part of the Franciscan convent dating back to 1304The church was built in the Gothic style to the seventeenth century, when it was almost completely rebuilt and modifiedThe facade of the church was rebuilt in the late nineteenth century to make it more consistent with the townThe Church of St. Francis of Assisi has a single nave, a...more
Take your time to explore the city. The area is famous for the Italian touristsWe were here on a Sunday morning, the city is already full with group Italian tourists with a local guideWandering through a maze small streets you'll find the beauty of this white townsImagine, inhabitants in this city is never been leave aloneEveryday, tourists coming...more
The statue of St Oronzo stands on the 20 metres pyramid-like structure. They called it as the Liberty SquareThe square is opposite to the town hall and is also one of the meeting place for the local ItalianIf visitors are not familiar the in the area, you will enter through this square where the statue of Sant'Oronzo A nice area and a little bit...more
Before the Cathedral is the Arch of Incalzi, divides in two the square, creating a sort of second square, both spaces appear to be important meeting points for local peopleEach one of the four sides is closed off by an ecclesiastical building. This point of view has surely been experienced which stands out on the square, linking via del Castello...more
The Cathedral is located on the highest point of the city, which was built between 1435 and 1495 has a beautiful Gothic facadeFeatures a rose with a magnificent 24 hole in the middle, above the porch and two small rosettes on the edge of the great The interior is modified in the eighteenth century, has three naves and a Latin cross. The magnificent...more
This is a an extraordinary Town Hall, a wide square with a beautiful architectural building This area is the hub of the tourism industry The Town Hall of Ostuni is on the foundations of a Franciscan monastery in 1304Later in 1864 the convent was enlarged and transformed to become the Town Hall by redoing the façade in neoclassic stylemore
Just outside the city center, this church stands in a roundabout roadThe facade of the church dates from 1891, and was subsequently commissioned the reconstruction of four Corinthian columns resting on pedestalsNeo-classical style, with a strong symmetry, is moved by two niches containing sculptures representing the Carmelite saints Eligio and...more
From far away you see the white town perched on a hill, crowned by the cathedral with its colorful domeThe town is surrounded by a medieval fortress wall, where you have a magnificent view over ancient The old, authentic center is at the highest point and is lively and picturesqueYou are welcome to wander through a maze of small streetsEveryone is...more
If you walk into the old streets of Ostuni from the modern town, you could easily end up spending all your time in that white-washed maze. But there is a completely different side to this hilltown. Around its walls runs a wide paved path giving views over the valley below to the sea, and also a new perspective of the town itself. Rather than...more
Located in an old shepherds and animals shelter complex, nicely refurbished, this hotel is quiet and...more
S.S. 16 - Km 871,8, Ostuni, 72017, Italy
Good for: Couples
Corso Mazzini 233, Ostuni, 72017, Italy
Good for: Solo
Fresh, toasted panini are a joy all over Italy. But the greatest of them all (well, in my humble opinion) are those made with the puccia, a type of round bread roll made in Puglia. You don't see toasted pucce everywhere, but it's worth sampling them when you do.
Ostuni seemed a bit dead on the restaurant front at lunchtime when we visited in early July. We ended up heading towards the only places that looked to be open, a handful of bars in Piazza Libertà, and were pleasantly surprised. The sandwiches were all hand-made to order, not pre-filled, and priced at around a very reasonable EUR 4. There was a selection of combinations, healthy and not-so-healthy fillings, with varieties named after the seasons.
Piazza Libertà itself is a nice spot to have lunch with an attractive old town council building running down one side.
Favorite Dish: Puccia - the best toasted sandwich ever?
If you're planning on making a quick trip to Ostuni from the station, then you may wish to rethink your plans. We had hoped to do just that, have lunch somewhere scenic and then head onto Cisternino for the rest of the day.
Unfortunately, on leaving the station we were greeted with the sight of a busy road leading up a steep hill to Ostuni itself. And it all looked rather distant. Yes, it transpires that the station is not actually in the town itself, but set back from the foot of the hill on which everything of interest is built.
It is walkable, but certainly not desirable in the summer heat and blinding sun which make up the best times to visit Ostuni. You can catch a local bus up into the town, but these aren't particularly frequent. Taxis were non-existent: the station is just too small for that.
The train, then, is fine for a day trip to or long morning/afternoon in Ostuni, but probably won't suit if time is short. You'll need a car for that.
If you end up getting stuck at the station waiting for a train I can recommend the little bar that is signposted all around (Millenio or similar, I seem to think). Nice panini with freshly-sliced meat, mushrooms and cheese, or whatever fillings you choose, for EUR 2. They also do microwave pasta (EUR 3.50) and packaged trammezzini. The station is situated in a kind of industrial park, and although not the most scenic spot, the bar is actually pretty pleasant and you can sit out in the sun. Just as well, as you can forget walking into the town if you have only an hour or so!
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