Puglia, round Italy's heel, has always been more popular with Italian families with their buckets and spades than jet setting holidaymakers. But this wonderfully earthy countryside has plenty of treasures. The beautiful white-painted hilltop town of Ostuni being one. If you thought white towns were only found in Spain and Greece, you're wrong. The city's white houses gleam in the bright sunlight, highlighting the pale stone of the great Gothic cathedral, which is the town's crown and around which you can find some of the best places to stay in Ostuni.
Originally the walls were lime washed to lighten up the narrow, winding alleyways of the town's medieval centre. But apparently the practice was thought to help prevent the spread of plague and it became compulsory.
As well as beauty, Ostuni also has a fascinating history - mostly of being fought over by everyone who saw it. And it's only 8kms from the coast where there are some lovely long, sandy beaches. Several of which have Blue Flags.
Ostuni has style as well as charm, and there are some excellent restaurants and bars, and plenty of chic, boutique-y places to stay. This old lady is very busy in summer, so if you definitely need to book the best places to stay in Ostuni in advance.
If you're dashing away to Ostuni try and plan your arrival into town so that it's drenched in sunlight. That's when its at its most glorious. Ostuni was established in the 1st Century, but most of its architecture dates from the 14th-17th Centuries. The town's architectural centrepiece, the Gothic-Romanesque cathedral, was built in the 15th. Explore the many passages and stairways and little alleys and find your own beauty spots.
Then maybe make time to explore the wonderful rustic region around the town. As well as the beautiful town you're staying in, the region around Ostuni has many romantic oddities. Including the trulli - conical stone buildings originally built so that they could be easy disassembled as a 16th Century tax dodge. Some of the best gatherings of trulli can be seen around Alberobello.
During the summer there are festivals and festivities happening all the time, so there's always something fresh and lively to entertain your family with. The beaches are clean and well managed, and if your family is at all adventurous they'll enjoy an opportunity to explore the ancient cave system at Castellana. For those who like to be active you'll find plenty more opportunities to explore in the Natural Reserve of Torre Guaceto.
Agriculture has always been more important than tourism here, and if you have time it's a wonderful bit of country to explore. This is a place where there are strict rules about moving olive trees - even on your own property. There are colourful markets, small towns and plenty of unique dishes to sample.
Still not sure where to book? Browse though our list of all the best places to stay in Ostuni, or call, or email, one of our gurus for advice. Alternatively check our recommendations for the whole of Puglia.
This boutique hotel is set in a refurbished sixteenth century farmhouse in beautiful Apulian countryside. Antique furnishings in simple but luxurious rooms add even more charm, and it has its own olive groves producing extra virgin oil. The perfect place to unwind.
A romantic, stylish and refined hotel that features modern comforts and excellent personal service. Beautiful airy bedrooms in whites and pastels with ethereal drapes. Wonderful restaurant, roof top terrace and private beach just a few kilometeres away. The perfect romantic getaway.
Minimalist luxury in an ancient white town. Stunning views from the terraces and a lovely restaurant serving fantastic food with immaculate presentation. Large comfortable beds in airy bedrooms. A small plunge pool perfect for cooling off. A gem of a hotel.
Ostuni Brindisi, Puglia
Gorgeous traditional Ostuni farmhouse. Traditional trulli (conical peasants' houses) act as rooms and suites, immaculately painted in white. Stunning grounds, terraces, and enormous swimming pool. A fabulous choice for romantic breaks, family holidays, and friends.
Justly famous masseria with wonderful food and a vaguely eccentric air. Pretty bedrooms with white washed walls surround a bougainvillea-filled courtyard. Organic produce from the farm and olive grove is used in fabulous multi-course meals. A divine gourmet rustic retreat close to the beach.