7 days in Puglia, Italy - 09/16/2023-9/22/2023

Day 1-Bari


Old town

Old town Cont.

Dinner at La Tana del Polpo

Day 2-Monopoli

and Polignano a Mare

Monopoli-Old port

Old town

Monopoli Cathedral

Purgatory Church

Polignano a Mare

Old town and the coast line

Dinner at Biancofiore

Day 3- Matera

Matera city

Matera Cathedral

Matera Cont.

Sassi Barisano & Caves

Palombaro Lugo

Dinner at Buenalleggre

Day 4-Alberobello/Ostuni
Basilica of St. Comas & Damian
lunch at Alimentari
Trullo Sovrano
Old Town
Old town cont.
Ostuni cont.
Dinner at Ceralacca
Day 5- Bari
Norman Swabian Castle
City Walk
Lunch at Bottega del Tortellino
Pane e Pomodoro beach
Cocktail & Dinner
  Day 6-Trani

Port and Cathedral of Trani

Inside the Cathedral

Lunch at Giu a Sud

old Town


Dinner at La Baresana

Day 7-Bari
Last day in Bari

Day 4- Ostuni-9/19/2023

Ostuni is a picturesque and charming hillside town called la Citta Blanca (The white city) for its white houses and buildings.  Originally the practice of lime-washing the town served as a way of lightening up the dark labyrinthine medieval streets but in the 17th century it became a matter of life and death and was used to limit and protect grain from the depredations of the plague. Ostuni was built on the top of the hill to protect from invaders with a maze of alleyways, dead ends and pretty little gardens, and above bright blue skies.

We parked our car about 10 minutes away and now we walking toward the town.


The first thing you see when you reach the town is the Ostuni Square


The Spire of Saint Orontius column is placed in the heart of Ostuni, between the main square of the city, Piazza della Libertà, and the small but beautiful square Piazza Sant’Oronzo. The spire is about 66 ft. in height and was built in Baroque style.


The Spire of Saint Orontius is a column dedicated to Saint Orontius of Lecce. The Spire was built in 1771 by the architect Giuseppe Greco. The column is a strongly desired by the faithful to thank the Saint, who protected the city from the plague and the famine in the 18th century.


Town hall on la Piazza della Liberta


This is the start of the old town.


From the bottom of the town you see the bell tower of the Church of Saint Vito Martyr.


Via Francesco Cavallo


Climbing stairs to get to the upper part of the town.


We are now on via Cattedrale.  There is a lot of shops and restaurants in this area.


The streets in Ostuni are narrow so as you can see restaurants set up their tables and chairs right on the street.  On the right is the Church of Saint Vito Martyr.


The facade Church of Saint Vito Martyr. We did not get in.


We are continuing our trek on via Cattedrale


We are headed to the Cathedral of Ostuni.


The Cathedral of Ostuni also know as the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta and it is dedicated to the Assumption of the Virgin Mary. The construction of the Cathedral began after the earthquake of 1456 and was completed in 1495.

 It is a beautiful church located on the highest hill of the city, right in the middle of the old town, in Piazza Beato Giovanni Paolo II. The Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, built in the 15th century, was declared a national monument in 1902


The facade of the church, facing west, with Gothic elements, is divided into three parts by thin pilasters.


 The facade is adorned with a large central rosette, in which the Christ is surrounded by seven cherubs.


On the lunette above the main portal, there is a Madonna with Child.


On the lunettes of the side entrances are the bas-reliefs of San Giovanni Battista,

We are now entering the Cathedral


The Cathedral has a Latin cross plan with three naves, delimited by columns with embellished capitals.


On the ceiling of the transept, we can find the paintings of the Preaching of St. Horace, Jesus Healing a Paralytic at the Pool and The Martyrdom of St. Biagio.


Wooden sculpture of the tree wise men from the East.



Beautiful arched columns with embellished capitals.


Fragment painting of Saint Catherine was recovered during the restoration of 1964-1968 from a chapel that is now used as the Baptistery.  The painting represent a crowed figure sitting on a throne.   It is though to be Saint Catherine of Alexandria to whom an altar was dedicated in the 14th century.



Chapel of the Holy Family


The organ


Ceiling above the organ


Painting of the recovery of the true cross


We are now done with the visit and we are now back on Piazza Beato Giovanni Paalo II.

NEXT... Day 4- Ostuni continuation




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