Ostuni

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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

Masseria Salinola
Masseria Salinola
4 out of 5
contrada Salinola s/n, S.P. 29 per San Michele Salentino, Ostuni, BR
The price is £135 per night from 7 Nov to 7 Nov
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 ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (51 reviews)
Super relaxing place
"Customer service was ridiculously good! Super relaxing place to stay."

Reviewed on 13 Sep 2020

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La Sommità Relais & Chateaux
La Sommità Relais & Chateaux
5 out of 5
Via S. Petrarolo, 7, Ostuni, BR
Located in Ostuni Historic Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Ostuni Cathedral and Piazza della Liberta. Quarry Amphitheatre San Giovanni ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (116 reviews)
"It was a beautiful property with a good location"

Reviewed on 9 Oct 2021

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La Sommità Relais & Chateaux
Ostuni Palace Hotel Bistrot & SPA
Ostuni Palace Hotel Bistrot & SPA
4 out of 5
Corso Vittorio Emanuele 218, Ostuni, BR
The price is £155 per night from 29 Oct to 29 Oct
Located in the heart of Ostuni, this spa hotel is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Ostuni Cathedral and 8.1 mi (13 km) from Pilone Beach. Riserva Natural Torre Guacceto is ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (80 reviews)
"A nice hotel with good location for exploring this lovely city"

Reviewed on 15 Sep 2020

Ostuni Palace Hotel Bistrot & SPA
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Italianway - Galliani 15
Italianway - Galliani 15
Via Pietro Galliani 15, Ostuni, Provincia di Brindisi
Situated in Ostuni, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Piazza della Liberta, L'Ulivo Che Canta and Ostuni Cathedral. Quarry Amphitheatre San ...
Italianway - Galliani 15
Italianway - Contrada Camere
Italianway - Contrada Camere
Contrada Camere, Ostuni, Provincia di Brindisi
Situated in Ostuni, this villa is within 3 miles (5 km) of Piazza della Liberta, L'Ulivo Che Canta and Ostuni Cathedral. Archaeological and Natural Park of Santa ...
Italianway - Contrada Camere
Rocca Giulia - Ostuni
Rocca Giulia - Ostuni
Contrada Madonna della Nova, Ostuni, Puglia
Situated by the sea, this historic holiday home is within 1 mile (2 km) of Piazza della Liberta, Ostuni Cathedral and L'Ulivo Che Canta. Quarry Amphitheatre ...
Rocca Giulia - Ostuni
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