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Ostuni, Province of Brindisi, Puglia, Italy

Situated west of Brindisi, on the Murge hills covered with alive trees, gently descending to the sea.

The ancient part was built on seven hills, on the highest of which is the medieval citadel called "La Terra", surrounded by walls and round towers, with typical narrow alleys, arches, stairways and the famous whitewashed color of all the houses, for which it is known as the "White City".
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Altitude: m218 a.s.l -- Population: ca. 35,000 inhabitants -- Zip/postal code: -- Phone Area Code:

History

The name probably derives from the Latin Hostunium, a contamination of the Greek expression astu neon, meaning new town, while other ethimologies connect it to Histonium, the ancient name of the Abruzzi town of Vasto.

Its strategic position in the vicinity of the sea made Ostuni a key center, and to defend it from the many invasions ir was fortified repeatedly in the centuries. Inside the walls, the maze of alleys was feared by the enemies, that could easily be attacked, in case they had succeeded in entering the walls, once they got lost and dispersed.

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