The furthest south of the town in the Valle d’Itria, Ostuni is a popular tourist destination while retaining the feel of a local town with a market every Saturday. The wide open piazzas are lined with places to eat before or after a sightseeing stroll through the narrow lanes. From certain points in the town, you get great views across the plain to the Adriatic Sea which is within 20 minutes’ drive. Our villas are set in the countryside with a few properties close by but no shops or restaurants within walking distance.
Local Markets and Shopping
On the outskirts of Ostuni, you’ll find all the main shops you need to stock your villa with the basics. In town, there is a selection of smaller, more specialist shops for food, wine and souvenirs plus bakeries and cake shops. The weekly market takes place on Saturday morning and you can find locally specialities including olives, wine and fresh produce.
Bars and Restaurants
Around the main piazza by the Palazzo Municipale and in the street which leads up to the cathedral, there are plenty of cafes and restaurants many with outdoor seating, ideal for lunch, a drink or a relaxed evening meal al fresco. Take a wander down any of the narrow lanes and you’ll find plenty more to choose from. You’ll be able to try Pugliese specialities or the Italian favourite, a pizza followed by gelato.
The White Beach Club at Ostuni is a popular spot for a day trip. For a beach with limited facilities but clear water and a sand, Torre Pozzella is an option but you’ll need to take your own drinks and snacks. The local beach at Villanova has a couple of restaurants and beach bars close by and you can walk into the town.
There are two main parks; Fasanolandia, about 30 minutes’ drive away towards the coast where you can visit the zoo and enjoy the rides in the theme park and Acquapark Egnazia with pools and slides for splashing fun. Just a few miles from Alberobello, about 45 minutes’ drive from Ostuni is a smaller water park, Acqua Park Alberobello which is more suited to younger children.
Places of Interest
Some of the city defensive walls which have survived from the 15th century can still be seen along with two of the city gates, Porta Nova and Ports San Demetrio. The Cathedral has a fine interior, particularly the rose window. Close to the cathedral is a museum with a collection including prehistoric archaeological finds from the region. Climb a short way up the slope past the cathedral to admire the ornate 18th century bridge which links two parts of a former palazzo.