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 curious about Ostuni, the white city (La Citta Bianca) of Puglia. We visited in October in covid times and the city was so quiet already. It honestly, was almost too quiet. This Ostuni Travel Guide highlights the best things to do in Ostuni as well as the Best Bars, Restaurants and Hotels in Ostuni.
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 spending 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, which makes it perfect to combine with Alberobello and the Valle d’Itria.
Firstly, as in all Puglian towns, take your time to explore the old town and wander the streets. Every corner is beautiful, and 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.
Don’t forget to admire the view of Ostuni, after you finished 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 of the white city. My highlight of this Ostuni City Guide.
This probably is the most famous picture of Ostuni. This 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.
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 fond of the service.
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.
Let’s start with this incredibly cute place. We enjoyed some lunch on the terrace and were treated to Italian pasta, bruschetta, and more.
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.
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!
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!
The picture already says it all right?! This place is definitely worth visiting and is one of the most popular bistros/bars in town and should therefore be part of this Ostuni City Guide. Be warned though, it can get very windy.
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.
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!
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, did everything to make your stay perfect, and was able to recommend the best places in Ostuni. You can find the Airbnb here. We paid about €120 for 3 people per night.
A more high-end place to stay is for example Casa d’Autore where you pay around €290 per night for 2 persons. Incredibly stylish and there is a pool to relax after your busy day of exploring Ostuni.
My top pick: If you are looking for more of a budget option, definitely have a look at Dama Bianca Ostuni. The rooms might be basic, but the terrace has a jacuzzi and you only pay around €85 a night!