Ostuni and other treasures

The charms of Ostuni

Surrounded by the majestic beauty of Mediterranean maquis shrubland, Ostuni a Mare is part of the Consorzio Rosa Marina and is just down the road from “The White Town”.

Ostuni is an ancient town steeped in natural and historical beauty that lies in the heart of the Itria Valley and looks like it was carved out of stone by the passing years. Its rich history is reflected in the architecture that stands out in the landscape and the narrow, cobbled streets of the old town centre.

Its strategic location makes it easy for visitors to go to Alberobello (the trulli capital and UNESCO World Heritage Site), explore the nearby Castellana caves, admire the beaches in the Parco Naturale Regionale Dune Costiere (Regional Coastal Dunes Natural Park) and discover the Riserva Naturale di Torre Guaceto, a nature reserve that’s a real treasure trove of natural beauty and biodiversity.

Alberobello, the trulli capital (35 km away)

Alberobello has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1996 thanks to its ethereal atmosphere and its unique architecture, which attracts visitors from all over the world. Embodying a tradition dating back thousands of years, trulli have become an iconic symbol of Puglia. Alberobello is a magical place where a stroll in the shade of the squares and between the distinctive white, round buildings can turn into a journey through time that fills the heart with a profound sense of peace and wonder.

Castellana Grotte, underground marvels (44 km away)

Discovered in 1938, the striking Castellana Caves are a priceless treasure hidden in the heart of Puglia. They date back to 100 million years ago, when the entire region was still underwater. Names from the realms of myth and fantasy are given to the caves, caverns and deep potholes in this evocative complex, which is now a renowned Mediterranean destination. It’s particularly popular in the hot summer months, when the underground environment is pleasantly cool. The Castellana Caves encapsulate the majestic natural beauty of Puglia. With lights and shadows dancing between the stalactites and stalagmites, the scenery in this breathtaking underground world is surreal. Exploring it is an unforgettable experience.

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