The white washed defensive walls and tumbling clusters of buildings that wind around this historic hilltop town give it the name La Città Bianca (The White City).
It is the nearest large town to Trulli Talily. The weekly market and large supermarket are conveniently located on the outskirts of the town, nearest to the road in from Trulli Talily and only a 10 minute drive.
Ostuni is probably the largest town in the Itria Valley. Panoramic views from the historic centre look over the vast olive-carpeted plateau of the lower Murgia and across to the Adriatic sea. The labyrinthine of mediaeval streets lead to a large central square with magnificent Gothic cathedral, where there are often festivals and events, including the Cavalcata di Sant’Oronzo, a celebration of the town’s patron saint which takes place 24-27 August and the Sagra dei Vecchi Tempi, a food festival on 15th August offering the chance to taste some traditional dishes from the region.
Ostuni was first founded by an indigenous tribe about 600 years before Christ. Ostuni’s long and varied history has seen it pass from the Romans to the Ostrogoths, from the Lombards to the Saracens, from the Byzantines to the Normans, from the Hohenstaufen to the Angevins and from the Aragonese to the Bourbons. Traces remain from each domination but most of what visitors can see today dates from between the 1400’s and the 1700’s.
When you book your stay at Trulli Talily we provide a Guest Guide which includes a useful town map for Ostuni.
For centuries it was a strategic provenience, colonized, invaded and conquered by just about every major power of the day…
Places to visit
Local days out at a zoo safari, the deep caves of Castellana Grotte, pre-historic cave settlements or a local town with ceramic and pottery shops.