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Ostuni: White Town Walking Tour

1. Ostuni: White Town Walking Tour

Ostuni is one of the main tourist destinations of Puglia, called "White town" for the houses painted with white lime in the historical center. But Ostuni is not just culture and art, for several years the city has obtained the Blue Flag for the beautiful beaches and the coast, about 8 km from the center, and for the many services offered to tourists. The guided tour of Ostuni will start from Libertà square, where there is the grand palace of the municipality and where stands the baroque column of Sant'Oronzo, almost 21 meters high, built in local stone by Giuseppe Greco in 1771 as an ex voto, later to protection from famines and epidemics carried out by the saint. In Libertà Square you will also visit the archaeological excavations of the ancient walls and the defensive tower before taking Cattedrale street, full of local craft shops, commercial activities and typical local food product. You will then reach the cathedral dedicated to Santa Maria Assunta built in the fifteenth century. The façade is characterized by three elegant ogival portals and a large rose window of 24 rays.The interior, a Latin cross with three naves on columns, was rebuilt in the eighteenth century, with a painted ceiling and baroque chapels. Following the tour will continue along the Aragonese walls where you can admire a beautiful landscape of the Valle d'Itria until you reach the Porta Nova gate, one of the ancient gate of the town.

Ostuni: Olive Oil Tasting Tour

2. Ostuni: Olive Oil Tasting Tour

Go on an amazing journey with an expert taster at one of the oldest olive farms in Puglia. Take in the intense scents and colors among the ancient olive trees. Learn all about how extra virgin olive oil is made and visit the oil mill. Taste some of the oils produced on the farm. Enjoy a taste of Puglia and experience life in rural Italy.

Ostuni: Walking Tour

3. Ostuni: Walking Tour

Ostuni is known as the white city because of the color of its whitewashed buildings. The city is a must-see for those traveling in Puglia and visiting it with a local guide is the best way to discover its history and its characteristics. Your guide will accompany you through the streets of the old town and will explain why it is customary to paint the houses white. From here you will have the opportunity to admire glimpses of the fascinating landscapes, where the white of the buildings meets the blue of the sea. The crystalline sea has received the recognition of the blue flag for 14 consecutive years, making Ostuni one of the most famous and visited cities in Puglia. To conclude your tour, reach the highest point by the Cathedral of Santa Maria of the Assumption.

Ostuni Private Tour

4. Ostuni Private Tour

Ostuni is one of the main tourist destinations of Puglia. Referred to as the "White City", it is famous for the houses painted with white lime in the historical center. Your guided tour of Ostuni will start from Libertà square, here, you will be able to witness the grand palace of the municipality and the baroque column of Sant'Oronzo. Almost 21-meters high, the column was built in local stone by Giuseppe Greco in 1771 as an ex voto, later it was used for protection from famines and epidemics carried out by the saint. In Libertà Square you will get to visit the archaeological excavations of the ancient walls and the defensive tower before taking a stroll down Cattedrale street. Notice the abundance of local craft shops, commercial activities and typical local food produce. You will then reach the cathedral dedicated to Santa Maria Assunta built in the fifteenth century. The façade is characterized by three elegant ogival portals and a large rose window of 24 rays. Marvel at the interior, a Latin cross with three naves on columns. Following the tour you will continue along the Aragonese walls where you can admire beautiful landscape views of the Valle d'Itria until you reach the Porta Nova gate, one of the ancient gates famous in this town.

Full-Day Wine Tour of Puglia and Basilicata & Matera Visit

5. Full-Day Wine Tour of Puglia and Basilicata & Matera Visit

You’ll travel with an expert guide through unspoiled landscape boasting centuries-old vineyards that have produced the famous Primitivo, Negromaro, Sussumaniello, and Aglianico e Bombino Bianco wines. This full-day excursion begins in Gioia del Colle. You’ll be taken on a tour by one of the owners of the organic vineyard, where focus is on the fantastic Primitivo wine. We will take you through the organic wine production process. Before lunch you’ll head to the ancient city of Matera, which is home to movie director Francis Ford Coppola. Matera has been the setting for a number of well-known films including Mel Gibson’s The Last Passion of Christ. You’ll enjoy lunch at a typical restaurant in the old town and afterwards visit the famous Sassi cave dwellings. In addition, you’ll have free time to explore the city at your leisure. If your accommodation is in Bari, Ostuni, or Lecce, you may be able to arrange pick-up. You’ll travel in fully-equipped, private transport, and enjoy the service of an expert bilingual (English/Italian) tour guide. Visits to a vineyard, with wine tastings, are included. You’ll have the opportunity to purchase wine and other products from the vineyard you visit.

Cisternino: 2-Hour Authentic Italian Village Tour

6. Cisternino: 2-Hour Authentic Italian Village Tour

Cisternino is well worth a visit for its classic example of spontaneous architecture. The old city of Cisternino is both amazing and unforgettable through its wonderful atmosphere, great views of the Itria Valley, cute old buildings and friendly people. During the tour, you’ll visit the Church of San Nicola, known as the Mother Church, which was built in the 12th century over the previous 8th century Basilian church, whose foundations remain. Then, visit the Norman-Svevian Tower built in the 11th century by the Normans at 17 meters tall. It was largely rebuilt in the late 14th century and was remodeled several times in subsequent periods. Stop at the beautiful view overlooking the entire Itria Valley, a wonderful skyline of the valley with trulli and olive trees. In the old town, visit the most important noble historic buildings walking in the narrow alleys and on the white/ black chianche, a typical limestone floor. This village has many good restaurants for evening dining, a choice of good cafes for snacks during the day and good local shops selling all the authentic local produce you could want. An area of great beauty, too perfect to be real but real with incredible trulli.

Alberobello and Ostuni Tour

7. Alberobello and Ostuni Tour

The pick-up will take place at 8:30 am at your requested location in Lecce. The first hot spot of your chaffeur driven tour will be Alberobello, which is famous for its unique buildings called trulli (trullo in singular). A typical trullo has a cylindrical base with a conical limestone-tiled roof. Though built without cement, their thick white-painted stone walls ensured coolness in the summer and warmth in the winter. The roof was often painted with an evil eye, a cross, or an astronomical symbol and topped by an ornamental flourish. The walls are traditionally painted white and the interior of a trulli is mainly made from wood. Owing to the concentration of houses, trulli have few openings outside their doorway and a small aperture provided in the roof cone for ventilation. As a result, it can be quite dark inside. The Trulli of Alberobello, thanks to their unique characteristics and historical significance, constitute one of Puglia’s two UNESCO World Heritage Sites and is certainly worth a visit, so you can’t miss this magical place. To refresh yourselves from the walk, the chaffeur will make a stop for lunch at the "Zio Peppe” farm in Martina Franca. Next, your chauffeur will bring you to Ostuni. First founded by an indigenous tribe some 600 years before Christ, Ostuni’s long and varied history saw it pass from the Romans to the Ostrogoths, from the Lombards to the Saracens, from the Byzantines to the Normans, from the Hohenstaufen to the Angevins and from the Aragonese to the Bourbons. The most distinguishing characteristic of Ostuni, and the reason for it's called “La Città Bianca” (the white city), is its uniformly white buildings. You should visit the "Old Town”, built on top of a hill and still fortified by the ancient walls. On top of the hill, in a quiet, little square you can visit the Cathedral, built in the fifteenth century in "humble stone.” The building with its flamboyant Gothic style was built in 1400 and boasts a magnificent rose window - among the largest in the world. As the last stop, pop round to the local museum. There you can admire precious flint tools, pottery objects, metal objects, casts of burials, and the reconstruction of the Santa Maria d' Agnano Cave where the Prof. Coppola, unearthed the burial of a pregnant Paleolithic age approximately 20 years called “la donna di Ostuni” in 199, unique relic of this kind. At 5pm your chaffeur will take you back to your requested location. Note Tour guide is not included and it is suggested to have a guidebook. Remember to check on the website the opening times of the location you want to visit and the price of entrance ticket. Entrance fees are not included.

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What people are saying about Ostuni

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 28 reviews

Our guide, Valeria, was phenomenal. She set a very comfortable pace for our tour and was well versed in Ostuni history, architecture and culture. Valeria was very articulate in English and answered our many questions gracefully. The tour was wonderful.

Very interesting tour with a trained and passionate guide (Giusy) who managed to keep the attention and curiosity of all the participants high.

Great tour guide who adjusted to the needs of the group - a lot of information from history to culture to daily life.

Very interesting! Very competent. No sales event. Incredible. The Greeks and Romans processed olives here.

A pleasant walk, our guide Floriana was very kind and very helpful