This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Ostuni. To help you make friends with Ostuni before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
This “White City” in southern Italy is one of the country’s most stunning cities – white-washed walls and architecture spanning three hills near Italy’s sparkling Adriatic Sea. With an ever growing community of British and German expatriates, the charming community of Ostuni has become a popular destination for tourists.
Ostuni’s history is still clearly visible throughout the town. Ancient, medieval walls envelop Ostuni’s maze of roads, alleyways, and staircases, and stone archways support the homes and buildings that seem to never end. Vendors sell handmade goods along Ostuni’s main street, and tourists can pick up some local olive oil or Salentino sandals for a great price.
Accommodation in Ostuni is varied, since the town’s tourism industry is thriving. Hostels give travelers the opportunity to get a feel for daily life in this ancient city, and with the Adriatic Sea so close by, the area is home to some of Italy’s most exclusive resorts. Whether visitors opt for a hotel or a hostel, however, there is plenty to experience outside of your room.
A 15th century Gothic-style cathedral is perched at Ostuni’s highest point, making this ornate structure a huge draw for travelers looking to experience some of the city’s medieval history. With olive groves, stone huts, estate farms, and a stunning coastline just outside of the city, there is no shortage of sights to see in this bustling and beautiful part of Italy.
Visitors to Ostuni can fly into either Brindisi or Bari before taking a train or shuttle to hotels or hostels further down the coast. Taxi service is also available, but can be fairly expensive. Travelers who plan to spend time further exploring the Apulia region of Italy can take advantage of car rentals at the airport and drive themselves to Ostuni, before venturing out to some of the other destinations in the area.
Written by local enthusiast for Ostuni hostelsJakob Lombardi