The complete Ostuni City Guide, the white city in Puglia

EXPLORE LA CITTÀ BIANCA (THE WHITE TOWN) with THIS COMPLETE OSTUNI CITY GUIDE

Ostuni was the final destination of our 10 day Puglia roadtrip. After being awarded with the beauty of Puglia for over a week, I was very curious about Ostuni, the white city (La Citta Bianca) of Puglia. We visited in October in covid times, and it was so quiet in the city. It honestly, was almost too quiet. 

Ostuni can be reached perfectly from both Bari and Brindisi by plane and is a perfect stop on a roadtrip. Our Airbnb guide advised us on free parking close to the accommodation. The train station is a little bit further out of the old city, but you can take a bus. 

I would recommend to spend 2 days in Ostuni, so you have enough time to explore and try the different locations for food and drinks. However, it is perfectly possible to see the whole city within a day.

|| TO DO

1 || Wander the streets (and pay attention to detail)

First of all, as in all Puglian towns, take your time to explore the old town and just wander the streets. Every corner is beautiful, and definitely pay attention to all the details, especially if you are into photography. The doors in all different colors, the flowers, the vespas standing in front of the houses and the Italians living their daily lives. 

Details of Ostuni, The white city of Puglia
Details of Ostuni, The white city of Puglia
Details of Ostuni, The white city of Puglia
Ostuni City Guide, Puglia, Italy
Ostuni City Guide, Puglia, Italy
Ostuni City Guide, Puglia, Italy
ABC Cafe, Ostuni City Guide, Puglia, Italy
Details of Ostuni, The white city of Puglia
Details of Ostuni, The white city of Puglia

2 || visit the Corso Vittorio Emmanuel II viewpoint

Don’t forget to also admire the view on Ostuni after wandering around Ostuni. How pretty is this sight? From the main square, it is a 15 minute walk up to the Corso Vittorio Emmanuel II Viewpoint, where you’ll be rewarded with an amazing view on the white city. My personal highlight of this Ostuni City Guide.

View from Viewpoint Corso Vittorio Emmanuel II, Ostuni, Puglia
On the way to Viewpoint Corso Vittorio Emmanuel II, Ostuni, Puglia
View from Viewpoint Corso Vittorio Emmanuel II, Ostuni, Puglia
View from Viewpoint Corso Vittorio Emmanuel II, Ostuni, Puglia

3 || don't miss out on the famous door painting "Porta del Paradiso"

This probably is the most famous picture of Ostuni. A cute door, makes a perfect place for pictures. It is located next to Borgo Antico Bistro, which is one of my recommendations for a snack or a drink, so you can easily combine the two. 

Famous door in Ostuni (Porta del Paradiso), Puglia

4 || catch some sun on Piazza Della Liberta

Piazza della Liberta is Ostuni’s main square. I’m never the biggest fan of settling down on a terrace on the main square, but we enjoyed a cup of coffee on the square in the morning. A famous terrace at the side of the square is Casbah. The location of the terrace is great, but I wasn’t very font of the service.

Piazza della Liberta Ostuni, Puglia, Italy
Details of Ostuni, The white city of Puglia
View on Piazza della Liberta Ostuni, Puglia, Italy

5 || walk the ostuni city walls

Lastly, something we didn’t do ourselves. If you want to discover more of Ostuni, there is an opportunity to walk the city walls and admire Ostuni from the outside. 

Lecce is the main city in the south of Puglia, and might have been my favourite city during our Puglian roadtrip (and not only for the food). Only a 2-hour ride away from Ostuni, and definitely worth a visit.  

Learn more here.

|| TO EAT & DRINK

Sapere & Sapori, Ostuni, Puglia
Sapere & Sapori

1 || Sapere & Sapori

Let’s start with this incredibly cute place. We enjoyed some lunch on the terrace and were treated with Italian pastas, bruschetta and more.

2 || Parisi Cafe

Parisi Cafe was our go to place for a drink. Perfectly located in the sun, an amazing bottle of Chardonnay (recommended!) and this is your perfect spot to sit and relax all day. 

Operaprima, Ostuni, Pizzaria in Puglia
Operaprima
Operaprima, Ostuni, Pizzaria in Puglia
Operaprima

3 || Operaprima pizzeria

This pizzeria was highly recommended by our airbnb host, that’s why we headed here on our first night for dinner. Many groups of locals visited as well, and yes, it indeed was very good!

4 || Pizzeria Notti Bianche

Unfortunately, we haven’t visited this pizzeria, but looking at online reviews and blogs, this is supposedly one of the best pizzas in town. Worth a try! 

Borgo Antico Bistrot in Ostuni, City Guide, Puglia
Borgo Antico

5 || Borgo Antico

The picture already says it all right?! This place is definitely worth visiting and one of the most popular bistros/bar in town and should therefore be part of this Ostuni City Guide. Be warned though, it can get very windy.

6 || riccardo caffe

Looking for some nightlife? At Riccardo Caffe you’ll find both tourists and locals enjoying a cocktail, whether it is on a cushion outside or in the cave bar inside.

Coffee & More, Ostuni, Puglia
Coffee & More
Coffee & More, Ostuni, Puglia
Coffee & More

7 || coffee and more

We went here for breakfast and enjoyed a croissant and a cappuccino. The prices are slightly higher than in the rest of the city, but the view is great!

|| TO STAY

We stayed at an amazing airbnb that was a 10 minute walk from the city center. The place was amazing and the host was so kind. We even had our own rooftop! The host could be reached the whole day, and did everything to make your stay perfect and was able to recommend the best places in Ostuni. You can find the Airbnb here.

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The complete Ostuni City Guide, Puglia's white town, Italy

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The complete Ostuni City Guide, Puglia's white town, Italy

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