Famous for its white washed houses Ostuni is one of the more famous cities in Southern Italy.The name Ostuni comes from the Greek "new city" which was first used after the construction and has maintained its name since.
Atop a hill with views of the endless olive trees in the Valle d’Itria countryside, and the glimmering Adriatic Sea, the city was built without any plans which has created a webbed maze of alleyways, staircases and arches which gives the city such individual quirks.
Fun fact - the buildings were painted white in the 17th century during the plague as a way to show the 'infected' houses, they were painted with a mix of limestone dust and water - locals believed this was a miracle as it was curing people (even though it was more likely the antibacterial effects of the calcium carbonate) and therefore kept up the tradition of painting all the houses white with the government now even encouraging everyone to repaint every two year by paying for half the cost! So you can be sure that the white city will still be white when you visit!
At Ostuni's highest point you can set your gaze upon the grand Cathedral with a gorgeous rose window with Christ at the centre which is surrounded by 24 carved columns representing the hours in the day as if it was a clock.