Sunday, November 14, 2010

Ostuni

S. Vito Martire Roof - Ostuni
Roof of S. Vito Martire

A lazy Sunday afternoon and it’s our last full day in Puglia. What to do? A drive to Ostuni seems to be the ticket. We arrive in Ostuni in the late afternoon. (We spent the first part of the day visiting the regional museum (Museo del Territorio) in Alberobello and then stopping at Antico Frantoio Intini and to order olive oil.) So in Ostuni, we are smack in the middle of the Sunday afternoon lull so the town seems deserted but enchanting and we get lost in winding, white-washed stairways and passages. The name Città Bianca, what Ostuni is sometimes referred to as, makes sense. We wander around the centro storico and then head for a late afternoon Sunday dinner reservation at L'Osteria del Tempo Perso – which hits the spot. A specialty of the osteria is a tegamino di funghi cardoncelli in crosta di pane - a mushroom pot pie of sorts, if we had to equate it to something familiar. Cardoncelli are king oyster mushrooms that are commonly found in the woods of the Murge, which characterizes the area around Ostuni.

View of Centro Storico of Ostuni


View from Centro Storico Toward the Adriatic


Arch Supports in Ostuni Centro Storico


A Steep Street in Ostuni Beckons


Ostuni - Stair or Street?

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