Ostuni is a small town known under the nickname of “The White Town,” because of the bright white houses in the old town. The sights are indeed unique and interesting. Ostuni is rather close to the coast. Famous for its olive oil and olive oil farmhouses, the old town is surrounded by a wide green area, making the white houses’ and green fields’ contrast noticeable from a large distance. Check out the best things to do while in Ostuni, Italy to make the most of your trip here!
1. Walk around the Old Town
Walking around all the small alleys and narrow stairs of “The White City” gives you the feeling that you’re in a labyrinth. There are many paths to discover while admiring the bright white houses built in a classic Mediterranean style. The experience is unique. It’s easily understandable why Ostuni is such a popular place in Italy.
Ostuni Old Town
Address: Ostuni, Italy
2. Masseria Brancati
Care to see thousand years old olive trees and taste the best olive oil you’ve ever had? Then go visit Masseria Brancati. This hundred-year-old olive oil farm is a delight to explore.
You will learn a lot about organic olive oil trees while walking around the large courtyard and having loads of fun. The farm doesn’t produce olive oil for the masses, but rather focuses on the quality of their product, following the quality, not quantity motto. They are also running a bed and breakfast and they are recognized as a sustainable tourism destination due to the care they take in the environment they operate in.
Address: Contrada Brancati snc, 72017 Ostuni BR, Italy
Website: Masseria Brancati
3. Get fresh local products at Ostuni Street Market
This huge food market usually takes place on Saturdays, so if you happen to be in Ostuni on a Saturday, make sure you don’t miss the chance to get fresh products directly from the farmers. Even just strolling around is a nice experience, as you will get to interact with local farmers. The market usually opens at 8 a.m. and closes at 1 p.m.
Ostuni Street Market
Address: Southwest of the town in a large open space, vicinity of Via Gabbriele D’Annunzio
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4. Duomo di Ostuni Cathedral
This Roman Catholic church in the middle of Ostuni is built in Gothic style. The interior is beautifully decorated with paintings representing scenes from the New Testament. The exterior of the church is also worth noticing, so make sure to pass by while in Ostuni.
Duomo di Ostuni Cathedral
Address: Piazza Beato Giovanni Paolo II, 72017 Ostuni BR, Italy
5. Parco Dune Costiere
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Walking along the long beach of Parco Dune Costiere is an amazing experience. The protected area is perfect for both swimming and hiking. The area is not very wide. Trips can be organized either on foot, by bike, riding or with electric cars.
Parco Dune Costiere
Address: 72017 Ostuni BR, Italy
Website: Parco Dune Costiere
6. Museo Civilta Preclassiche della Murgia Meridionale
The highlight of this small museum is Delia, “La Donna di Ostuni.” It displays the real fossilized skeleton of a woman who lived more than 25,000 years ago and died while she was in her eighth month of pregnancy. Don’t plan a very long visit, as most other exhibits don’t require much time to see.
Museo Civilta Preclassiche della Murgia Meridionale
Address: Via Cattedrale, 15, 72017 Ostuni BR, Italy
7. Have a coffee in Piazza della Liberta
This impressive square is a good place to just stop, enjoy a coffee and observe people passing by. Compared to the Old Town, you might not be as impressed with the architecture, but if you’re in the area, it’s worth passing by. In case coffee is not your thing, no worries, you can always go for an ice cream.
Piazza della Liberta
Address: Piazza della Liberta, 72017 Ostuni, Italy
8. Get tanned in Onda Blu
This small private beach club provides the tourist with good service. They have clean showers and toilets, umbrellas and chairs. The access to the sandy beach is free of charge. You only have to pay if you want to rent one of the umbrellas and/or loungers/chairs. It can get quite busy during high season.
Address: Contrada fiume morelli, 72017 Ostuni BR, Italy
Facebook: Onda Blu
9. Chiesa di San Francesco
Placed in Piazza della Libertà, this old church is easily noticeable when walking in the area because of its magnificent architecture. The entrance is free. From the moment you get in, you will immediately notice the frescoes inspired by stories in the Bible.
Chiesa di San Francesco
Address: Piazza della Libertà, 50, 72017 Ostuni BR, Italy
There is no better way of discovering Puglia than by bike. There are many paved and off-roads paths, leading you to small villages and farmhouses. You can also join an organized tour in order to find out more about the history and the village life in Italy. You will also learn about the process of making olive oil and visit a few olive mills.
Ostuni 3-Hour Extra Virgin Olive Oil Bike Tour
Duration: 3 hours
Unique landscape and wonderful olive oil
With its population of about 32,000 inhabitants in winter months, Ostuni triples its population during summer. And when you also add the inflow of tourists, you can picture how crowded this small place can get. But even so, the landscape in Ostuni is unique in the world, so stop by and admire the beauty of the mix between the man-made town and nature.
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