Derived from Greek, Os­tuni means ‘new town’. The deriva­tion is not sur­pris­ing since the town was re­built by the Greeks af­ter it was de­stroyed dur­ing the Pu­nic Wars (wars fought be­tween Rome and Carthage from 264BC to 146BC).

I de­cided to keep this town as the base for my hol­i­day since it’s ide­ally lo­cated for short drives to other lovely parts of Puglia, and it’s beau­ti­ful beaches. Known as the White City, this town was built with­out any plans. I had a bliss­ful morn­ing tak­ing pic­tures of the webbed maze of cute al­ley­ways, charm­ing stair­ways, dis­tinct flower pots and a mil­lion other pho­to­graphic spots. I had to keep re­mind­ing my­self that I was in Os­tuni and not a film set. Colour­ful scoot­ers, vin­tage cars, green win­dows and cute el­derly Ital­ian men driv­ing their three-wheel­ers to sell veg­eta­bles made me fall in love with this town.

The lo­cals have taken so much ef­fort to em­bel­lish their homes. You will no­tice a like­able dis­play of cacti against the white back­drop of the walls in ev­ery­one’s homes. “What? No tourist of­fice?” That’s how I ini­tially re­acted on not hav­ing found any place to get direc­tions. How­ever, this made me get out there and in­ter­act with the lo­cals.

I have to ad­mit I had so much fun do­ing that.

The lo­cals are re­ally friendly and if they like you, you might even end up play­ing a pack of cards with them on the streets. Or get­ting a few kisses too.

Vin­tage car of­ten seen in Os­tuni

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