Thursday, 28 April 2016

Lose Your Heart To Ostuni

There’s something about Ostuni – the tint of white that you see on its houses and buildings takes you into a surreal world. The murmur of shops and vehicles has no power over the era that breathes quietly, yet profoundly in the cobbled lanes and behind the ancient walls. 
    
Ostuni was one town I was particular about visiting while I was planning my trip to Italy. I knew I was going to adore it for its dreamlike quality. So, when I finally set foot in Ostuni, I was enthralled by it. I was so much in awe of everything around me that it was hard for me to decide where to settle my gaze. I just snapped photos left, right and centre. I didn’t want to overlook even a corner of this beautiful “white town” of Puglia. Ostuni is easily my favourite of all the towns that I visited in Puglia.


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Here’s what I loved about Ostuni –

The “white” tint

As I mentioned earlier, the white tint of Ostuni is almost like a dream. It’s gorgeous.

An excerpt from Wikipedia:

The so-called "Old Town" is Ostuni's citadel built on top of a hill and still fortified by the ancient walls. Ostuni is regarded as an architectural jewel, and is commonly referred to as "the White Town" ("La Città Bianca", in Italian) for its white walls and its typically white-painted architecture. Monuments in their own right, the town's largest buildings are the Cathedral and the Bishop's Palace, together with a number of palazzi of local aristocratic families: Aurisicchio, Ayroldi, Bisantizzi, Falghieri, Ghionda, Giovine, Jurleo, Marseglia, Moro, Palmieri, Petrarolo, Siccoda, Urselli and Zaccaria.

In the surrounding countryside there are typical Pugliese "masserie", fortified large estate-farms, one of which, San Domenico, was once held by the Knights of Malta.    



The mysterious narrow lanes and staircases

Yes, the narrow lanes and staircases of Ostuni have certain mystery to them. It feels like a maze, which envelops you in its fathomless magic.  


The vintage charms

I absolutely loved the little vintage charms of Ostuni – pretty balconies, hanging flower pots, quaint doors, windows and the like.


The cute cafes and shops

The cafes, restaurants, pizzerias, gelaterias and pasticcerias of Ostuni add a lot of elegance to the whole atmosphere. 


The cobbled streets

Ostuni has cobbled streets everywhere. So, it’s almost like stepping into the Stone Age. The nooks and crannies of Ostuni ooze the old era.   



The historic aura

Well, it goes without saying that Ostuni is a historic city. It has quite a few attractions that are of interest to history lovers – the cathedral of Ostuni, the central piazza and Chiesa di San Francesco.


Ideal for slow saunters

Ostuni inspires you to saunter slowly and soak up its quiet life. The siesta hours (1 to 4pm) give you a chance to sneak out of your “buzzing” life and immerse into the bliss of idleness.  
Has Ostuni captivated you?

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14 comments:

  1. Beautiful post of a breathtaking place. Loved it.

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    1. Thanks Svetlana :-) Yes, it is indeed a breathtaking place.

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  2. How lovely! I didn't even know about this place - it reminds me a little of Santorini in Greece, or even Jodhpur, with its laneways!

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    1. I'm glad that it reminds you of Jodhpur. That's an interesting observation.

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  3. Beautiful! The place has a unique charm... no doubt that the lady in black had a great time exploring the white town. :)

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    1. Haha! Thanks Moon :-) I'm glad you enjoyed the photos.

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  4. Such a fairytale town it is :) u look pretty and beautiful pictures :)

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    1. Yeah, it is! Thanks so much, Swati :-)

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  5. what an incredible and unique place. You explorations are shining a light on lesser known places. Love it!

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    1. Thanks Andrew :-) I deliberately chose these offbeat places of Italy.

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  6. Quiet a peaceful town ! U look great in pics with those scenic backgrounds.

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    1. Yeah, Ostuni is very peaceful and surreal. Thanks Manish :-)

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  7. The place looks incredibly quaint. Love the potted plants at every corner!

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    1. Yeah, the beauty of Ostuni is in the little elements - flower pots, lamp-posts, etc.

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