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