Ostuni, the White City. Intermediate stage in a 400 km long peninsula: Puglia.
We offer the best itinerary for travelers who choose to stay in Ostuni for just one day.
Ostuni is known throughout the world for its historic center: the White City
It is located at the top of a hill and dominates the entire plain of ancient olive trees.
The best way to visit this medieval village with its white alleys is certainly on board an Ape Calessino.
Our drivers will be able to provide you with the right history of each monument or place of interest. You can book your City Tour here.
But if our Ape Calessino are not for you, you can always decide to venture into a walking path through the alleys of the historic center, guided by our online guide to the best 10 historic sights of Ostuni.
You have chosen the walking path and therefore, you cannot miss the artisan workshops in the ancient village.
Going up Via Cattedrale at number 7, you will meet this small workshop of the Master Croci Sisinni.
He does not like to emphasize his art very much. So much so that his laboratory defines it as “pttea”. Term used in the Ostuni dialect, to define the shop. He is a mix between a sculptor and a painter.
His “canvases” are made of gentle stone, extracted directly from the city quarries and the glimpses of the historic center of Ostuni – through his hands – seem to acquire new life.
Not simple drawings, but scratches and incisions that combine with ink strokes, graphite shades and some very small colored details. To see the Master Croci Sisinni working is a unique experience. You can book a guided tour of his shop directly here.
If you have followed the advice of our Best 10 then you will certainly have taken Via Bixio Continelli, to visit the small and charming Santhiago of Compostela Church . Opposite, a few meters away, there is another special place that will take you back in time.
It’s the small Bottega Artigiana of Mastro Peppino Roma or if you prefer, you can call it “Pepp la Cucchiara”. In his shop you will not find sophisticated or technological equipment but only a few saws, rasps, planes and gouges or chisels. His “crap” are spoons or ladles and take shape from local olive wood slabs (don’t worry, no olive trees are cut down. They are simply slabs taken from the annual prunings), cleverly cut to an exclusive design and patented by Master Peppino Roma. During the visit of his small workshop, he will show you the various stages of processing and some small personal makeup. Put the clocks away – Master Peppino Roma is a very talkative guy – and get ready to experience this exciting experience.
Another small artisan workshop that deserves mention is the Ulivo that sings by Master Tonino Zurlo or as we know it in Ostuni: Tonino Trebbisca.
Tonino is a multifaceted character. A little artist and a little poet. Each of his works is unique and unrepeatable even though he defines himself as a simple link between nature and the public. In fact, his great gift is to see beyond the barks, the roots or the trunks of the olive trees: where we ordinary mortals see just a simple piece of wood, he already sees the face of a madonna with a baby in her arms, rather than a sparrow or another artistic subject. But his mastery in the artisan processing of olive wood is not limited to this. Tonino also makes magnificent accessories such as earrings, bracelets, pendants, cufflinks, bow ties or ornaments of all kinds. Do not get upset if at some point in the visit he will take up his guitar: it is something normal. Tonino is also a songwriter of pieces in the Ostuni dialect. And then the craft shop Ulivo Canta is another mandatory stop.
Visited the historical center of Ostuni and all its peculiarities, it’s time to walk along the ancient agricultural “tratturi”. The sheep tracks are the ancient country roads that our ancestors used to ride in a carriage, on foot or by bicycle, to go to work in the countryside.
And it’s precisely along these ancient rural paths, among the fronds of the millennial olive trees that Masseria Il Frantoio rises. Ancient 16th century farmhouse, built by the Tanzarella family. The structure that operates as a farmhouse and restaurant, is also open to guided tours and tastings of oil and typical products. During the guided tour you can admire the interiors of the house, divided into the main part and the “low” part dedicated to sharecroppers. You will admire the 2 different gardens and all its “inhabitants” and then you will be fascinated by the ancient underground oil mill, located below the building and where everything has remained unchanged over time: the ancient stone mill, the presses, the pits of decantation and cisterns dug into the rock.
But what makes the City of Ostuni unique is the fact that it has a territory that extends from the high hills of the Murgia to the green expanses of the vineyards of the Valle d’Itria, up to the millennial olive groves that across the coast – jagged, irregular and rich in inlets – they open the way to Salento offering breathtaking scenery. Slowly you will pass by the olive trees and the red iron-rich lands, the bright and gaudy colors of the Mediterranean maquis along the coast. Remaining in the coastal area, one of the many flowers in the crown of this City is the Parco Naturale Regionale delle Dune Costiere that extends from Torre Canne to Torre San Leonardo. Inside, in addition to the extended areas of arable land subject to organic cultivation and millennial olive groves, it is possible to find a fish farm, archaeological sites of historical and cultural interest, blades, farms, underground oil mills and farms in Marchio del Parco. Institutional of the Park, there are all the details of the excursions, educational workshops and activities organized by the cooperatives that operate as partners.
It’s here on the coast that our itinerary – from the hills to the sea – comes to the end. A simple but organized way to visit Ostuni in just one day. Now you just have to pack your bags and come and enjoy your holiday in Puglia.