Ostuni
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Ostuni: Walking Tour

1. 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.

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From Bari: 5-Day Puglia and Basilicata Tour

2. From Bari: 5-Day Puglia and Basilicata Tour

Day 1, Bari Street Food Tour After arriving independently to Bari, meet with your guide at 6 PM at the Swabian Castle for a walking street food tour. Visit Orecchiette Street where typical pasta is made by the local ladies, the Cathedral of San Sabino, and the imposing Basilica of San Nicola. Throughout the tour, taste the famous sgagliozze, tasty pieces of fried polenta, and focaccia. At the end of the day, check-in at the Palace Hotel or similar. Enjoy a free evening to explore at your own leisure.  Day 2: Castel del Monte to Trani Your second day will begin as you meet your driver and guide before departing for Castel del Monte to one of the most mysterious and fascinating castles in Southern Italy. After some free time, check-in at the Palazzo Paciotti (or similar). Get ready to discover Trani, which is known as the "Slow City" and the "Pearl of the Adriatic Sea". Enjoy a free evening to explore at your own leisure. Day 3: Matera, Alberobello After Breakfast, check-out before meeting with your driver and guide at 9 AM and departing for Matera, which is a UNESCO site and considered one of the most suggestive places in southern Italy. You will have free time for lunch, after which you will depart for Alberobello check-in at the Trulli Holiday Resort or similar. Enjoy a guided tour at 6 PM then enjoy a free evening to explore at your own leisure.  Day 4: Ostuni Lecce After breakfast, meet the driver to transfer to Ostuni, which is also called the "White City”. Explore with a local guide this place where it's possible to enjoy the amazing expanse of olive trees surrounded by the deep-blue sea. Transfer to Lecce and check-in to a 4-star hotel. Lecce walking tour with a licensed tour guide at 6 PM. Enjoy a free evening to explore at your own leisure. Day 5: Lecce Following breakfast at your hotel, check-out marking the end of your tour.

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Ostuni Private Tour

3. 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.

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What people are saying about Ostuni

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 5 reviews

Ostuni is a special visit. The white city fascinates with its originality. We note the imprint of various cultures that have appeared over the centuries. A mix of architectural styles that reflect the succession of oriental and Venetian dominations. It is worth putting Ostuni among the Apulian stops worthy of a visit

Money well spent.

Mario our guide spoke excellent English and my wife and I found our walking tour of Ostuni very interesting and informative. It helped to make our stay much more enjoyable.

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

Very pleasant and knowledgeable guide

Interesting place. Could have been a bit longer and a lunch would have been nice

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