You will hardly see me write about the history of a town. There are others that are better than me doing that. I usually remember the views, the atmosphere and the food of the places I visit. To me Ostuni is one of the most beautiful towns of the South. Settled on a hill, all white and overlooking the sea in distance, Ostuni is small but not too small and an amazing place to discover. Wandering through the old town of Ostuni, makes you imagine how the life in Puglia was many years ago. Especially the further you walk away from the main streets. You will discover hidden corners and amazing views towards the sea.
Apart from the beauty of the town, you also find little speciality shops selling wine, olive oil and local food. Be aware that you find sometimes better quality a bit off the tourist path. Although there are exceptions as always!
If you come in the morning and need a breakfast before exploring, stop at Caffè Garibaldi in the corner of Piazza della Libertà. They literally sell the best cornetti alla crema on earth and do a real good cappuccino.
If you need some taralli or good focaccia I recommend Panificio Farina on Via Cattedrale. They do excellent taralli with onion and also their cipolla focaccia is amazing! If you go there in August, expect a very long queue.
Ostuni also offers a selection of good restaurants. Our favourite is Caffè Cavour which offers local cuisine and very friendly service at good prices. It is located in an old oil mill so you kind of sit in a cave which is great on hot summer evenings. A fun experience is La Taverna della Gelosia where you sit in the heart of the old town in a beautiful setting. You can try medieval recipes from the region that offer some unexpected tastes.