Loc. OSTUNI - PUGLIA
8 Km from IL TIMONE
Altitude: 226 mt. a.s.l. Area Fasano, Carovigno, Martina Franca
White City, Queen of Olives, Town Crib: many names to describe a city Ostuni, famous throughout the world for the unmistakable blinding white color of his village. Located in the southern Murgia, Ostuni is a popular destination for vacationers who can not fail to appreciate the beauty. The city, in fact, looks like a tangle of winding streets, a succession of courtyards, squares, streets that once were owned by five doors opened into the walls, equipped with towers.
Ostuni is worth a visit above all for the beauty of its old town, divided into two parts by street Cathedral, while all other streets that intersect it are dead ends or narrow and steep stairways. Walking through the old town, you will come across houses carved into the rock, connected by arches and semi-arches that serve as support. Beautiful palaces that still preserve their coats of arms, portals and the variety of architectural lines with stains golden ocher. On top of the hill, it stands the Cathedral admirable synthesis of Romanesque, Gothic and Venetian, overlooking the Plains of Olives trees to the sea. Also to see the Bishop's Palace.
Ostuni, over the centuries has seen a succession of different dominations. Around 1000 BC It was occupied by Japigi and Massapi. During the Second Punic War, Ostuni was destroyed by Hannibal and later rebuilt by Greek colonists. In later centuries, the city saw the occupation of Goths, Lombards, Saracens and Moors, Normans and Swabians. In 1507 it was annexed to the Duchy of Bari of Isabella of Aragon. They followed two centuries of Spanish rule until in 1799 the city was proclaimed free and republican. With the Congress of Vienna, the Bourbons returned to the city and we are witnessing the birth of the sections of the Carbonari and Young Italy. And 'August 26, 1860, when Ostuni is finally free of the Bourbon rule and he waves the tricoloreI dintorniA 20 km, on the SS 379 towards Brindisi: the Natural Reserve of Torre Guaceto, comes as a natural area of great landscape value , thanks to the presence of many migratory birds 10 km on the SS 379 towards Bari: the Regional Natural Reserve of the coastal dunes of Torre San Leonardo. It is a long dune belt on the coast, covered by a dense maquis and junipers plurisecolariA 20 km the archaeological site of Egnatia, a city dating back to the end of the bronzoA 11 km inwards: Ceglie, an ancient center messapica with the ducal castle that dominates the surrounding valleys, land of gastronomy. Nearby, do not miss ancge Caves Montevicoli, with stalactites and stalagmitiA 10 Km Basilian caves of San Biagio, nellea nearby San Vito dei Normanni with frescoes of 1100
The town's name derives from the greek and means new city (Astu-neon), the city was built in the early centuries of the Christian era at the top of the hill where now stands the old town. The white lime, which covers the houses of the historical centers of the High Salento, gives a characteristic appearance and located in the historical center of Ostuni. The streets of Rione Terra, this is the name used by Ostuni for their old village are narrow, cobbled streets of chianche, white 'tile' of local limestone, polished to cover the bottom of the narrow streets.
In the old town there are many souvenir shops, restaurants, bars and pubs that focus on street Cathedral and adjacent lanes; the considerable influx of tourists in the middle months of summer. Many shops also delicatessen, among which stands out the olive oil Marela The town is popular holiday destination thanks to one of the most beautiful and cleanest in Italy and along with olive groves, trulli, farms and historical centers make the landscape really appealing. In May 2011, the region of the Trulli with Ostuni and Fasano, have won two Blue Flag, a prestigious recognition of the FEE (Foundation for Environmental Education), assigned to the seaside tourist resorts that meet criteria relating to sustainable land management, such as the quality of waters, coast, services, safety measures and environmental education. Since 1987 Ostuni won seventeen blue banners. In June 2011, Ostuni has reconfirmed the Five Sails of Legambiente 2011 already won in 2009 and 2010. Among the most famous beaches to remember are: Pilone, Rosa Marina. Monticelli, Villanova, Costa Merlata, Saint Lucia-Tower Pozzella