Apulian holidays (4)

One of the most popular sites to visit in the Apulia region is the little town of Ostuni, and we lived quite close to it. Ostuni is referred to as “the White Town” (La Città Bianca) and this refers to the older parts of the town, on top of a hill, overlooking the sea - only a few miles away.

Its history is of course quite long. It was rebuilt by the Greeks - the name of the town comes from the Greek “Astu neon” = the new town. Later ruled by Romans, Normans, Milan…

The cathedral (actually a co-cathedral with Brindisi and a minor basilica - Basilica concattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta) has 13th century origins, but was later rebuilt in a slightly more Gothic style and then also got its rose window. As in so many churches in the region, there is a beautifully painted ceiling.  

The old city is full of charming streets, places, buildings, bars, restaurants – and people…

… including late at night.


French Girl in Seattle said...

Ok. That's it. I am sold. I will have to go to Ostuni one day. Always love a lively Mediterranean town with history, beautiful buildings, restaurants, great people-watching, not to mention a thriving nightlife. Merci de la visite, Monsieur Olson. Your photos speak louder than words. :-) Véronique (French Girl in Seattle)

Anonymous said...

It's amazing how the human eye can adjust to so much beauty, non? This is another beautiful post. Thank you so much!

On another note, my sister tells me about an Argentinian restaurant in Paris named Buena Onda (Good Vibes) on Rue Legendre.
They serve their typical food: delicious empanadas, Tapa Cuadril (Argentina's famous steak) salads and other specialties. For dessert they have a few creations, among them Flan de Dulce de Leche...

Contrary to popular belief, Dulce de Leche is not originally from Argentina as a celebrated chef who lives in Paris asseverates. Its authentic name is Natillas Piuranas, named after Piura, a city in northwestern Peru, where this "manjar" was originally created.
Thanks again!