The awe-inspiring sight of Ostuni is hard to beat thanks to its white-washed homes winding around the hill and its impressive Gothic cathedral at its highest point.
The city is perched on a hill of about 200 mt and its ancient village consists of alleys and streets that intertwine until you reach the highest part where the majestic Cathedral of Santa Maria dell’Assunzione is located.
The town is best known for its white, uniform buildings and its medieval layout with little passageways, narrow streets and steps. Reach the top of the hill, and you’ll discover astounding views across the Adriatic and surrounding countryside.
Attractions in Ostuni
UNESCO has declared Alberobello to be a World Heritage Site, and it’s easy to see why when you visit and discover the trulli – drywall buildings constructed using prehistoric techniques and with iconic conical, domed, or pyramidal roofs made from limestone slabs. You can stay in one of these unique buildings and explore this truly unusual area.
Ostuni’s Cathedral is dedicated to St Mary of the Assumption and lies on a site that has been home to places of worship since 1000. The Duomi di Ostuni that stands on this lofty spot today was constructed during the 13th century in a Romanesque style but was rebuilt during the 1400s in a Gothic style after an earthquake.
The Museo di Civilta Preclassiche della Murgia
This fascinating museum is found inside the Convento delle Monacelle and is home to a famous exhibit – Delia – whose well-preserved skeleton was discovered in a nearby cave. Pregnant when she died 25,000 years ago, Delia is just one of the many finds in the museum from a local burial ground dating back to the Paleolithic era.