Welcome to Apulia, in the heel of Italy! A land of ancient traditions, a crossroads of civilizations, a meeting point between east and west. A region with many faces and
From Gargano to Salento, Puglia is a region that changes in the landscape, traditions and even in the dialects spoken by local communities.
There are many places to visit in Apulia and to get an idea of what this region has to offer, it is good to visit it!
The beautiful Tenuta Mastro Francesco is located near Ostuni, in the province of Brindisi.
Also called "White City" or "Nativity City", it owes its particular appellation to its renowned historical center, which in the past was entirely painted with white lime.
The most peculiar feature of the historic center, which at the time fascinates tourists as it is today, is the whitewashing of the houses up to the roofs.
The use, attested since the Middle Ages, derives not only from the easy availability of lime as a raw material, but also from the need to ensure greater brightness in the narrow streets and confined spaces, given by both direct and reflected light.
Vacation in Ostuni, however, also means fairytale sea, beaches where you can spend whole days caressed by the sun and coves where you can take pictures and diving!
The sea is clean and transparent, awarded by the Blue Flag and the Five Sails of Legambiente and Touring Club for the services offered to tourists and for cleaning the beaches.
The Ostuni coast, inserted in a Regional Protected Area declared a Site of Community Importance by the European Community, offers clean water and unspoiled nature: in short, a place not to be missed for those on holiday in Apulia.
Among the many places to see then, do not forget a nice swim in the waters of Salento.
Perched on three hills in a panoramic position, the picturesque White City also promotes cultural tourism, unrolling its maze of whitewashed streets rich in history and animated by artisan shops and typical restaurants.
In fact, the Apulian artistic and cultural heritage is infinite and among the five places not to be missed:
1. Aragonese walls
The Aragonese walls contain unique treasures and they themselves are.
Made up of three walls, the city walls, as you can imagine, were erected to protect the village from enemy threats.
Built in the late Middle Ages by the Angevins to repel the invasions of the Saracens, it was then the Aragonese, probably after the earthquake of 1456, who wanted a restoration of the walls and the enlargement of the defensive perimeter, in order to counter the invasions of the Turks who pushed from the 'Adriatic.
To date, the walls remain a beautiful testimony of the city's oldest history, as well as an interesting collector of anecdotes and important moments in the area.
2. Obelisk of Sant'Oronzo
Carved in Baroque style on local stone by the Ostunese Giuseppe Greco and built as an ex voto after the miraculous protection operated by Sant'Oronzo against famine and epidemics (in particular that of the plague of 1740) the Obelisk of Sant'Oronzo is located within the perimeter of Piazza della Libertà.
Also known as "the spire", it is almost 21 meters high and dates back to around 1771.
At the apex is the statue of the saint, dressed in bishop's vestments and represented in the act of blessing the people.
At about half height, on a balustrade decorated with cherubs that support the cartouches bearing some inscriptions, there are the statues of Saints Biagio, Agostino, Irene and Giorgio Armeno. In the first half of the nineteenth century, following the road leveling works, the first base of the column was buried.
3. Civic Museum of Ostuni
Located inside the former monastery of Santa Maria Maddalena dei Pazzi, the Civic Museum of Ostuni is one of the most important museums in the city.
The gallery contains artifacts belonging to the Messapian, medieval and modern age, found near the city. And it does not end here: about 2 kilometers from the historic center of Ostuni, you will find the Santa Maria di Agnano Natural Archaeological Park, where you will rediscover 3,000-year-old cults and rites.
4. Ostuni Cathedral
Wonderful example of Romanesque and Gothic architecture, the Cathedral of Ostuni is the heart of the white city.
Renovated in the late fifteenth century, after a strong earthquake, the Cathedral has a majestic facade with three portals, surmounted by three rose windows.
A Latin cross, the interior of the church is divided into three naves separated by arches of 5 columns.
The central nave features three beautiful eighteenth-century paintings, with scenes from the life of Jesus, embedded in the ceiling, and fascinating paintings dedicated to the patron Sant'Oronzo and the martyrdom of San Biagio.
4. Blue Door
A few meters from the Cathedral square, here it is: the Porta del Salento (also known as the Porta del Paradiso) the most photographed door of the whole
Apulia, a blue door framed by prickly pears on a white background.
Many wonder what lies behind, a curiosity that has long been of interest to many visitors.
By now one of the symbols of the city, the Blue Door seems to fascinate tourists of all ages.
In addition to the things to see and visit, in Ostuni you will certainly find some interesting events or manifestations, and in summer the offer is decidedly lively.
The Feast of Sant'Oronzo is perhaps the most heartfelt: it is an ancient tradition that is renewed every year. The famous Cavalcata di Sant’Oronzo, during the celebrations of the protector of the city, from 24 to 27 August, is not to be missed, awaited both by tourists and by locals: the silver statue of the saint is escorted in procession of knights in red costumes, a color that wants to evoke the blood of martyrdom. Also in August, if you are a lover of ancient traditions, do not miss the Festival of the Old Times, during which local craftsmen reproduce old crafts disappeared.
Do you want a holiday with an Italian taste? Tenuta Mastro Francesco is waiting for you!
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