One Day in Ostuni Itinerary (for First-Time Visitors!)

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Are you soon spending one day in Ostuni and are not sure how to plan your Ostuni itinerary? Keep reading!

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If youʻre booking your trip to Ostuni last minute, we have you covered. Below are some of the top tours, hotels, and more!

🇮🇹  Top Experiences and Tours in Ostuni:

  1. Olive oil tasting in Ostuni (top-rated experience!)
  2. Ostuni walking tour (most popular walking tour)
  3. E-bike tour with a glass of wine and bruschetta

🛌  Top Hotels in Ostuni:

  1. La Sommità Relais & Chateaux (luxury + private pool)
  2. Hotel La Terra (excellent location & breakfast)
  3. White Stone Flats & Studios (fabulous budget option)

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This guide covers everything, from where to eat to where to stay in Ostuni! Let us know if you have any questions!

One Day in Ostuni Itinerary for First-Time Visitors

Puglia fails to be ugly in any shape or form.

From its rugged coast to its fertile and stunning inland areas, the whole region exudes a magnetic charm that is hard to find in other places in Europe.

10 Things to Do in Ostuni, Italy - From Tasty Food to Remarkable Views

Many people stick to the coastal places in Puglia and visit the well-traveled towns of Polignano a Mare and Monopoli; however, the interior should not be overlooked.

One of my favorite places in the region is Ostuni. Located just under 6 miles away from the coast, it manages to feel like a different world. It is made up of two different parts: the modern city and the old town, which is perched on a hill overlooking the new town.

Ostuni was one of the first large settlements in the area; although the original town was destroyed, the Greeks rebuilt the town and named it Ostuni.

The town’s rulers changed throughout history as invaders came and went, although it never really suffered any true devastation from war, and much of the damage to the town through history was due to natural disasters.

Ostuni became a haven for artists and creatives, except when the plague struck the town and no one was completely safe.

10 Things to Do in Ostuni, Italy - From Tasty Food to Remarkable Views

Today, there are many things to do in Ostuni and the city is vibrant, fun, and popular amongst those looking for a summer house in the sun, with the population of the city swelling to over 100,000 people as people return for the summer months.

Ostuni’s beauty is that it can easily be explored within a day, especially if you are short on time or trying to fit as much into your trip as possible.

To help you plan your time in Ostuni, I have put together the ultimate one-day Ostuni itinerary. It will take you through the can’t-miss sights in Ostuni.

Below is my Ostuni one-day guide. If you have any suggestions to add or other recommendations, please leave me a comment with them!

This is the perfect addition to any 10-day Italy itinerary if you end up in Puglia or the south!

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Best Time to Visit Ostuni

Ostuni is a great place to visit any time of the year.

If you’re looking for warm temperatures, summertime is your best bet, but keep in mind that there will also be large crowds at this time of the year.

If you still want the warmer temperatures without the crowds, consider visiting Ostuni in September or October, when you can enjoy warm fall weather with fewer crowds.

How to Get Around Ostuni

It’s highly recommended that you consider renting a vehicle if you plan to visit Ostuni. Not only will this make your trip easier, but you will also be able to cover more areas at your own pace.

There are also options for public transportation and taxis if you feel more comfortable.

Also, there are plenty of places throughout the city that you can walk to, so consider exploring on foot as well!

Ostuni One-Day Itinerary Overview

  1. Start Your Day Off With Breakfast
  2. Walk the Ostuni City Walls
  3. Spend The Rest Of The Morning Lost In The Old Town
  4. Enjoy a Relaxed Italian Lunch
  5. Visit the Square Of Cathedrals and Palaces
  6. Have a Glass of Ostuni Wine
  7. Chill Out in Piazza della Libertà
  8. Watch a Magical Sunset
  9. End the Day with Dinner at Dish

Start Your Day Off With Breakfast

Breakfast in Italy isn’t the greatest, in my opinion. I am not a fan of sweet things, and they always seem to be super sweet and in a package (it’s okay, Italy; everything else you eat makes up for it).

However, I do enjoy starting the morning off with a good coffee, and that is one thing the Italians do perfectly.

one day in ostuni itinerary
One day in Ostuni itinerary

Depending on where you are staying or arriving from, enjoy breakfast and coffee in the old town or the newer part of Ostuni.

There is a wide range of places in both parts of the city, so I will shy away from recommending just one.

Walk the Ostuni City Walls

Before losing yourself in the winding streets of Ostuni, take time to walk around the Ostuni city walls and discover the former defensive wall that was intended to keep the city safe.

Keep a lookout for the two remaining gates to the city, Porta Nova and Porta San Demetrio. There had previously been four gates, but two were lost to history.

From the walls, you can see across the beautiful olive groves that surround the city and produce its famous olive oil.

Spend the Rest of the Morning Lost in the Old Town

After exploring the edges of the white city, venture into the interior of its gorgeous historical center.

The beautiful white city got its color and name from the whitewashed houses, a tradition that dates back to the plague when infected houses would be painted white.

Your trip to Ostuni, Italy - Ostuni travel guide

This white paint, in turn, actually helped stop the plague, as the chalk in the paint had antibacterial properties.

Get lost in the streets and alleyways that meander their way through the city, occasionally opening up to grand piazzas and historical buildings.

As you explore, stop in the magical little boutiques that are dotted along the narrow streets, selling traditional handmade wares that often utilize the natural resources in the area, like olive wood.

Enjoy a Relaxed Italian Lunch

It’s easy to overeat in Italy, and I, for one, almost always challenge myself to eat as much delicious food as I possibly can.

I recommend taking the time to enjoy lunch and filling up on delicious Italian sandwiches, cold cuts, and various kinds of cheese.

10 Things to Do in Ostuni, Italy - From Tasty Food to Remarkable Views

A great place to enjoy an affordable lunch is Coffee & More, a delightful and casual place that sells a range of amazing sandwiches or platters of cured meats and cheeses that can be washed down with a beautiful glass of red wine.

I enjoy getting a platter of cold meats and cheeses for lunch in Italy, as it allows you to try a great range of things that are on the menu and feels a bit more like an occasion than a simple sandwich.

Address: Via Gaetano Tanzarella Vitale, 36, 72017 Ostuni BR

Visit the Square Of Cathedrals and Palaces

After lunch, make your way to the center of the city and admire the beautiful Gothic cathedral that dominates the town.

Gothic cathedrals tend to be a slightly unusual sight in Italy, as many of the cathedrals follow a more Romanesque architectural style, but this one is an exception.

10 Things to Do in Ostuni, Italy - From Tasty Food to Remarkable Views
Ostuni Cathedral

The interior of the church is awe-inspiring, with incredible frescoes adorning the ceilings and ornate fixtures throughout.

Across from the church, you will see the Arco Scoppa, an archway that connects the two palaces, Palazzo Vescovile and Palazzo del Seminario.

Strangely, inside of Palazzo Vescovile, you will find the remains of a Norman castle that was destroyed in the 16th century. 

Have a Glass of Ostuni Wine

Take a break to enjoy the delights of Ostuni’s famous D.O.C wine.

In the region around Ostuni, you will find lovely vineyards that have been producing delicious wines for millennia, although the area’s wines only received their protected status in the 1970s.

The region produces two wines that have been specially protected under European law: the Ostuni Blanco and Ostuni Ottavianello (a rose).

In the old town, you will find plenty of places where you can enjoy a glass of Ostuni wine while watching the world walk past. 

Chill Out in Piazza della Libertà

After enjoying a glass or two of local wine, head to the fantastic Piazza Della Libertà, a beautiful square that is overlooked by a giant 20m monument of Saint Oronzo which is believed to have halted the plague killing everyone in Ostuni.

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In the middle of the square, you will find the ancient ruins of the old city walls.

Within the square, you will also find the impressive Palazzo Municipale, a former convent that over time, has been extended and formed an impressive palace.

Along the edges, you will also find many little cafes where you can grab an espresso to perk you up for the rest of the day and the remainder of this Ostuni itinerary.

Watch a Magical Sunset

When the sun starts to set over Ostuni, the white city starts to show another side of its stunning beauty.

Leave the old town for sunset and head to one of the many vantage points where you can look at the city perched on the hill as the sun comes down. I recommend walking along Corso Vittorio Emanuelle II.

As you walk away from the old town, there are plenty of viewpoints where you can stand and watch the setting sun change the white buildings to hues of pink and orange.

Alternatively, the Relais Sant’Eligio hotel has stellar views of the old town from its rooftop terrace where you can enjoy a cocktail as the sun comes down. 

End the Day with Dinner at Dish

Even though Ostuni is not directly on the coast, it is only a few miles inland and every day, fresh fish is delivered to the city from the coastal towns.

This means that the restaurants in the town can utilize both the fruits of the sea and the surrounding lands to create dang-near-perfect Ostuni dishes.

10 Things to Do in Ostuni, Italy - From Tasty Food to Remarkable Views
Dish Restautant in Ostuni

One of the best restaurants to enjoy dinner at is Dish, a modern and contemporary restaurant, serving up some of the most beautiful plates of food in the city.

Dish has a current design and aesthetic that contrasts perfectly with the old town that sits opposite the restaurant. With its open-plan kitchen, you can watch the chefs work their magic as you wait for your food to be served.

Knowledgeable waiters will help pair your food with the correct wines and you will be greeted with a glass of Prosecco when you arrive. This is a brilliant way to end a fantastic day in Ostuni

Address: Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, 37, 72017 Ostuni BR

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Where to Stay in Ostuni

Thankfully, there are many places to stay in Ostuni. These are my recommendations for excellent accommodation options that will suit all budgets and travel styles.

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La Sommita Relais & Chateaux (Luxury)

La Sommita Relais & Chateaux is an amazing luxury hotel that not only provides five-star comforts when it comes to a night’s sleep but also five-star food with its own Michelin-starred restaurant on-site.

Located in the old town of Ostuni, the hotel offers breathtaking views over the city and Puglian countryside. 


Hotel La Terra (Mid-range)

Hotel La Terra allows you to live and breathe Ostuni’s history as it was built into a 13th-century building. For the comfort and beauty of the hotel, the price is outstandingly good.

The affordable room rate also includes a continental breakfast and a great night’s sleep.


White Stone Flats & Studios (Budget)

White Stone Flats & Studios is a great option for those looking to travel on a budget.

Situated in the heart of the city, each flat includes a sofa, TV, and a place to cook, meaning you can save money on both accommodation and food! It is definitely great value for the money.


10 Things to Do in Ostuni, Italy - From Tasty Food to Remarkable Views

My one day in Ostuni itinerary will help you begin planning your trip to this wonderful Italian city. 

It can be a bit challenging to get from Bari to Ostuni, so please read our guide or book one of the aforementioned tours. Have a great trip!

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