Ostuni, the last stretch along the Southern Murgia in the province of Brindisi and known as the "White City" appears to tourists as a white spot on top of a steep sloping hill.
Ostuni dominates a dense territory of age-old olive groves that extend down to the sea. Its walls enclose a perfectly preserved medieval district characterised by a labyrinth of little narrow streets, steps, arches, small squares and little balconies, all fully painted in white lime paint, the reason for the name "White City".
The Ostuni coastline today is a widely known tourist bathing attraction in Puglia and there are lots of bathing establishments along the coast, including Il Pilone, Rosamarina, Monticelli, Diana Marina, Villanova, Gorgognolo, Costa Merlata, Santa Lucia, Torre Pozzella and Lamaforca.
The coast along Ostuni is about 20 km long and alternates between long beaches and dunes covered in Mediterranean maquis and includes the Regional Nature Reserve, sandy bays and rocky coastline. Thanks to this, it is possible to choose between Rosamarina Beach, with its fine sand beach and little rocks, and Lamaforca Cliff composed of a host of small beaches reachable only by foot.
Rosamarina beach is partly reserved for surfers, attracted to the area by the 3.5 metre high waves. There are lots of structures along the coast equipped for other water sports, such as sailing, canoeing, diving and underwater fishing.
In Brindisi province, stones and buildings tell the story of this land. Appia and Traiana roads once connecting the city to Rome left their traces on modern roads. In this city, where Virgil died, there are the remains of two II –century columns that marked the end of Appia road.
The Norman – Swabian and Angevin marks also prevails in the inland area of province and former Messapi land, while it is even more evident in Mesagne, Oria and Ceglie Messàpica castles. In this area, natural landscape is characterized by ravines and caves shaped through centuries by the patient work of rivers. Rock witnesses of basilian monk civilizations can be found near Ostuni. Watch towers north of Brindisi tell the story of pirate and Saracen invasions, while the remains of ancient Egnazia Roman city can be seen in the respective archeological site.
Itria valley is characterized by a flourishing vegetation where olive trees stand, These are cultivated in masserie lands, small typical local stone fortresses. Coasts are marked by long, sandy beaches, dunes and protected natural reserves. There are several traces of old Messapi civilizations, rock settlements, castles and not-to-be-missed trulloes made with drystone techniques
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A proud, extremely loyal civilization, between the IX and VII centuries b.C. the Messapis built several settlements that were fortified with huge walls. Oria, with its characteristic castle, and Mesagne still keep witnesses that allow to reconstruct history, customs and habits of this ancient population
The coast of Brindisi area is characterized by small cities gathering around their historical centers, overlooking white beaches and crystal-clear waters. Brindisi is an example, with its huge castle emerging from the sea; Carovigno, dominated by Torre Guaceto and Ostuni, the white Mediterranean sea surrounded by olive trees and by a wonderful beach that hosts an unforgettable medieval center
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