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OstuniItaly

It's impossible to describe the beauty of this corner of the Mediterranean and its hospitality to those who haven't seen it with their own eyes. 

A holiday in Ostuni is a must to discover the beauty of Salento, its territory and the natural and cultural treasures of the white city. Blinding white is the colour of the houses of this picturesque country hamlet near Brindisi. A labyrinth of lanes reminiscent of a kasbah, it is a cluster on the side of a softly sloping hill, with its original nucleus surrounded by characteristic Aragonese towered ramparts. The typical cuisine, surrounding Mediterranean panoramas, customs, and local traditions have recreated a context that is unique in the whole world—one that is absolutely worth discovering. What are you waiting for? Organise your holiday in Ostuni now!

A beautiful fifteenth-century cathedral lies at the historic centre of Ostuni, Santa Maria dell'Assunzione, a national monument since 1902, that stands atop the white city's highest hill. Renovated in the late 1400s after a big earthquake, the cathedral has a majestic façade with three doors topped by the same number of rose windows. The middle one is an authentic triumph of medieval symbolism, with 24 rays formed by columns and arches and the figure of Christ in the centre surrounded by the apostles and seven cherub heads, with the Earth in his hand as a sign of protection. In the form of a Latin cross, the church's interior has three naves separated by 5-column arches. The central nave has three absolutely beautiful eighteenth-century tapestries with scenes from the life of Christ set in the ceiling and fascinating frescoes dedicated to the patron saint, Saint Orontius, and the martyrdom of Saint Blaise. Don't miss the door of the Church of Spirito Santo, either. Dating back to 1450, today it is recognised as a national monument.

The Cavalcade of Saint Orontius is a can't-miss event where horses and horsemen decked out in costumes parade through the historic centre. For the most awaited and important festival in Ostuni, for two days the city hosts a procession, a historic parade, music in the square and fireworks to celebrate the patron saint. In particular, on August 26th, a parade of horses and horsemen festively decked out inaugurate the cavalcade by going down the city streets carrying a papier-mâché statue of Saint Orontius.

Another attraction in Ostuni are its 17 kilometres of coast where sandy coves, rocks, pebble beaches, and dunes covered with Mediterranean maquis trade off. The coast also boasts a nature reserve in the area of Lido Morelli (a long beach with coastal dunes), while going south towards Brindisi there is the Torre Guaceto Nature Reserve too. The coast nearest to Ostuni is the Port of Villanova, where there is a castle that the Duchess Bona Sforza had built. The castle is comprised of three parts with a lighthouse in the middle. Still not convinced? Check out our holiday packages to Ostuni and get ready for an unforgettable adventure!

Where to stay in Ostuni

Ostuni Cathedral showing religious elements, heritage architecture and street performance

Ostuni Historic Centre

4.5/5Wonderful!(4 area reviews)

Ostuni Historic Centre is noteworthy for its historical sites, and you can make a stop at top attractions like Ostuni Cathedral and L'Ulivo Che Canta.

Ostuni Historic Centre

Top hotels in Ostuni

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Grand Hotel Masseria Santa Lucia
Grand Hotel Masseria Santa Lucia
4 out of 5
S.S. 379 Km 23.5, Località Costa Merlata, Ostuni, BR
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £135 per night from 28 Sep to 29 Sep

This family-friendly Ostuni hotel is located by the sea, within 1 mi (2 km) of Spiaggia della Costa Merlata, Torre Pozelle and Torre Pozzella. Spiaggia di Gorgognolo ...

4/5Very Good! (56 reviews)
Club Med without the dancing

"The hotel was really good value with a large pool and attractive sitting out areas.After initial surprise by non English speaking staff at reception service was friendly and helpful. There are no restaurants within walking distance so either drive to lunch dinner or full board.The remoteness makes ..."…"

Reviewed on 9 Jun 2019

Grand Hotel Masseria Santa Lucia
Masseria Salinola
Masseria Salinola
4 out of 5
contrada Salinola s/n, S.P. 29 per San Michele Salentino, Ostuni, BR
The price is £132 per night from 25 Oct to 26 Oct

Situated in Ostuni, this hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Piazza della Liberta, L'Ulivo Che Canta and Ostuni Cathedral. Quarry Amphitheatre San Giovanni is ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (48 reviews)
Great place

"Nice Masseria. Amazing service and food"…"

Reviewed on 25 Oct 2019

Masseria Salinola
Masseria Grieco
Masseria Grieco
The price is £150 per night from 5 Oct to 6 Oct

Situated in a rural location, this bed & breakfast is within 6 miles (10 km) of Piazza Vecchia, Ducal Castle and Emilio Notte Museum. Castle of Ceglie Messapica ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (14 reviews)

"Fantastic stay. Amazing experience, pool and bar area lovely, the room was nice (standard with balcony) and the service was great. Modern hotel but retains old style charm. Breakfast was the best we had in Italy. You can stay for dinner in the evening which was great. Possible to drive in to Ostuni ..."…"

Reviewed on 18 Sep 2020

Masseria Grieco

Top Holiday Rentals in Ostuni

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Il Casalino - Corte dei Messapi
Il Casalino - Corte dei Messapi

Situated in Ostuni, this villa is within 6 miles (10 km) of Piazza della Liberta, L'Ulivo Che Canta and Ostuni Cathedral. Piazza Vecchia and Castle of Ceglie ...

Il Casalino - Corte dei Messapi
Residence Club Barbara
Residence Club Barbara
Via Consolato Veneziano s/n, Villanova di Ostuni, Ostuni, BR

This family-friendly Ostuni aparthotel is located on the waterfront, within 2 mi (3 km) of Baia di Camerini and Spiaggia di Gorgognolo. Spiaggia di Monticelli ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (20 reviews)
Fantastico

"I really had a great time at Club Barbara. I was impressed with the cleanliness everywhere - the bar area, the grounds, the pool etc. It is a lovely setting, overlooking the sea, at the quiet end of Villanova which was quiet anyway in September. A stone's throw to a nearby rock pool or 2 minutes ..."…"

Reviewed on 30 Sep 2019

Residence Club Barbara
Villa Vitale
Villa Vitale
Via Privata Gulio Perticari, Ostuni, BR
The price is £7,302 per night from 28 Sep to 29 Sep

Situated in Ostuni, this villa is within 3 miles (5 km) of Church of San Nicola Patara, Norman Swabian Tower and Bishop's Palace. Mary Immaculate Ecclesiastical ...

Villa Vitale

Popular places to visit in Ostuni

Ostuni Cathedral
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Ostuni Cathedral

4.5/5(47 reviews)

Admire the marble interiors and the impressive frescoes that decorate this cathedral at the top of the Old Town hill.

Port of Brindisi
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Port of Brindisi

4/5(14 reviews)

Explore the waterfront in Brindisi with a trip to Port of Brindisi. Stroll along the area's waterfront or simply enjoy its restaurants.

Top things to do in Ostuni

Dining experience at a local's home in Ostuni
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Dining experience at a local's home in Ostuni

£77
Per adult
Small-group Street food tour in Ostuni
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Small-group Street food tour in Ostuni

£81
Per adult
From Lecce:Ostuni,Alberobello and Polignano Independent Tour
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From Lecce:Ostuni,Alberobello and Polignano Independent Tour

£90
Per adult
Ostuni: 2-Hour Guided Tour
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Ostuni: 2-Hour Guided Tour

£68
Per adult
OSTUNI TOUR
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OSTUNI TOUR

£18
Per adult
Private Transfer from Brindisi (BDS) Airport to Lido Marini
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Private Transfer from Brindisi (BDS) Airport to Lido Marini

£196
Per adult

Reviews of Ostuni

4.5

Top Destination

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4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

30 Sep 2019

It cost a lot in the taxi to get there and only merited a half day visit.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

24 Sep 2019

Lots of restaurant options, mainly small so best to book. We successfully walked into the town from the hotel (25mins) and took taxi home after dinner which worked well. Excellent supermarket nearish to the hotel.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

21 Sep 2019

A beautiful little town, with one of the best restaurants, (at the top of the hill, close to the cathedral), that I have ever eaten in - anywhere. A bit touristy but hey - we're tourists!

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

31 Aug 2019

Ostuni town was charming, rest of area was very average

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

23 Aug 2019

Hilly and lots of steps

5/5 - Excellent

Nelly

30 Jul 2019

Beautiful white washed city to wonder through in the evening.

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