City of Ostuni

The City of Ostuni (about 32,000 pop.) Lies on the foothills of the southern Murgia. Its old town, that the earth is made up of many small houses, often cut into the rocks, joined by strings and seeds that serve as support arches and palaces with beautiful portals.

The territory of Ostuni was already popular in the Middle Paleolithic (50,000 to 40,000 years ago) by Neanderthal hunters. The hilly region, home to numerous caves, offering the perfect retreat for the primitive human communities.

However, the evidence remains the most striking finding of Delia, the skeleton of a woman about 20 years to give birth and her fetus. The body, laid in a big hole is in contracted position, his head covered with a kind of headphone with hundreds of small shells.

The tomb, called Ostuni 1, is unique in the world, dating back some 25,000 years ago, is located in the cave of Santa Maria di Agnano, at the farm of the same name.

Ostuni, known as the White City, is a charming tangle of narrow, winding streets, a succession of courtyards, squares and streets that once were owned by five doors opening in the wall, with towers. On top of the hill stands the Cathedral, the Romanesque Gothic, which dominates the plain of olive trees to the sea.

SHRINES AND PLACES TO SEE: The Cathedral - The "Monacelle" with the Museum of Paleontology - The Church of the Annunciation with a painting by Veronese - On the road to Martina Franca Trulli to see is the sovereign - and the thousands of trulli Pascarosa of Valle d'Itria.

BEACHES: There are 17 kilometers of the coast of the territory of Ostuni, along which successive beaches with dunes covered in Mediterranean vegetation and sandy bays alternate with stretches of rocky coast, offering an extreme variety of services and hospitality. Among the most beautiful beaches include: Pylon, Rosa Marina, Monticelli, Villanova, Saint Lucia and Costa Merlata - Torre Pozzella.