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The White City

The urbanistic identity of Ostuni lies in its old village, named by its inhabitants “La Terra”. A unique built-up area stands out on the highest hill of the urban area: all painted in white and characterized by a multiplicity of levels, alleys and stairs made of stone, little streets that intersect arches and squares, cubicle houses, often dug into the rock. The houses coated with lime and the peculiar topography gifted the city with fairy-tale epithets, such as “Città Bianca” (‘The White city’), “Regina degli Ulivi” (‘Queen of the olive trees’) and “Città Presepe” (‘Nativity scene city’). Once reached the highest point of the city, it is possible to admire the beauties of the Cathedral and of Palazzo Vescovile (the Bishop’s Palace).

  • Cathedral of Santa Maria dell’Assunzione
  • Palazzo Vescovile
  • Civic Museum and Archeologic Park
  • Regional Nature Reserve
  • Giacomo from Compostela’s Church
  • Francesco from Assisi’s Church

Distance from Martina Franca: 27 km – 35 minutes

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