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Italy in Photos

Photos of Italy taken on Walks in the Cities Towns & Villages of Italia

Welcome to Italy in Photos and immerse yourself in the breathtaking beauty of Ostuni, a mesmerizing city in in the region of Puglia: – Ostuni is a city in the province of Brindisi, in the region of Puglia, Italy. It is one of the most beautiful and popular destinations in Southern Italy, known for its stunning, white-washed buildings, its rich history, and it’s delicious cuisine. It is called the “White City” because of its dazzling white buildings that contrast with the blue sky and the green countryside. The white colour has a practical and symbolic meaning: it reflects the sunlight and keeps the houses cool, and it also represents purity and cleanliness after a plague that devastated the area in the 17th century. Ostuni has a charming medieval old town that is a maze of narrow streets, alleys, staircases, and arches. You can explore the old town on foot and discover its hidden gems, such as the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta and the many churches and museums that showcase the town’s history and culture. It is surrounded by a beautiful countryside that is home to thousands of olive trees, some of which are over a thousand years old. The olive oil produced in this region is among the best in Italy and you can taste it in the local dishes, such as fresh seafood, pasta, cheese, and pastries. Ostuni is also close to the Adriatic Sea, where you can find some of the best beaches and resorts in Puglia. You can enjoy the sun, the sand, and the water, or take a boat trip to the nearby islands and caves. The sea also offers a stunning view from the town, especially at sunset. Ostuni is a place where you can experience the beauty and the culture of Puglia, a region that has a lot to offer to visitors. Whether you are looking for history, art, nature, or food, you will find something to suit your taste in Ostuni.

Corso Giuseppe Mazzini is a street in Ostuni which runs from Contrada Li Cuti to Piazza della Libertà. (Photos 1-2-3-8-10-12-14-15-16-17) – Via Giuseppe Rodio is a street in Ostuni which runs from Corso Giuseppe Mazzini to Via Giuseppe Orlando. (Photos 4-7) – Via Giuseppe Orlando is a street in Ostuni which runs from Corso Giuseppe Mazzini to Vicolo Leonardo da Vinci. (Photos 5-6) – Vicolo Domenico Anglani is a dead-end street in Ostuni which can be found along Corso Giuseppe Mazzini (Photo 9) – Vico Aurelio Saffi is a dead-end street in Ostuni which can be found along Corso Giuseppe Mazzini (Photo 11) – Via G. Pisanelli is a street in Ostuni which runs from Corso Giuseppe Mazzini to Via Peppino Orlando. (Photo 13) – The Chiesa di San Francesco, or the Church of Saint Francis of Assisi, is a Catholic church in Ostuni, a town in the Apulia region of Italy. It was built in 1304 by the Franciscan order on a land donated by the Prince of Taranto. The church has a neoclassical façade with two marble statues of Saint Francis and Saint Anthony, and a bronze portal with scenes related to Ostuni and the saint’s life. The interior has a single nave with a baroque style, and several altars, paintings, and statues of religious significance. The church is in Piazza della Libertà, next to the town hall, and is open to visitors for free. (Photos 17-18-19-20) – Piazza della Libertà is the main square of Ostuni. It is a historical and cultural landmark, where you can find several buildings of architectural and artistic interest, such as: The city’s palace, which is the headquarters of the town hall and was once the residence of Franciscan monks. It has a neoclassical façade on one side and a baroque façade on the other. Piazza della Libertà is a lively and charming place, where you can enjoy the atmosphere of Ostuni and admire its beauty. (Photos 21-22-23-24) – Via Matteo Renato Imbriani is a street in Ostuni which runs from Via Roma to Piazza della Libertà. (Photo 25) – The Chiesa dello Spirito Santo, or the Church of the Holy Spirit, is a Catholic church in Ostuni, a town in the Apulia region of Italy. It was built between 1628 and 1637 by the initiative of the bishop of Venosa, Andrea Perbenedetti, who visited Ostuni as an apostolic visitor. The church was meant to provide spiritual assistance to the inhabitants of Borgo Grande, a district outside the ancient city walls. The church has a simple exterior, with a broken pediment and a Gothic portal that came from another church that was demolished. The portal depicts the Dormition of Mary, surrounded by the apostles. The interior has a single nave with stone vaults and four altars. The main altar has a painting of the Virgin and Child, attributed to Fra Giacomo da San Vito. The church also contains statues of various saints, such as Saint Oronzo, Saint Anne, Saint Francis Xavier, and the Sacred Heart of Jesus. (Photo 26) – Corso Vittorio Emanuele II is a street in Ostuni which runs from Piazza della Libertà to Via S. Giovanni Bosco. (Photos 27-28) – The spire of Sant’Oronzo is a baroque-style column that stands in the main square of Ostuni, a town in the Apulia region of Italy. It was built in 1771 to honour Saint Orontius of Lecce, the patron saint of Ostuni, who saved the town from the plague and the famine in the 18th century. The column is 20 meters high and has five bases that narrow as it rises. It is decorated with statues of saints, angels, and inscriptions. At the top, there is a statue of Saint Orontius in a blessing pose. The spire is a symbol of the devotion and gratitude of the people of Ostuni to their protector. (Photo 28)

Via Indipendenza is a street in Ostuni which runs from Piazza della Libertà to Via Giosuè Pinto. (Photos 29-30-31) – Via Salvatore Tommasi II is a street in Ostuni which runs from Via Benedetto Cairoli to Via Giosuè Pinto (Photos 32) – Chiesa del Carmine is a church located in the historic centre of Ostuni. The church was built in the 17th century and features a baroque style with a rose window and a bell tower. The church is dedicated to the Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel and hosts a confraternity of the same name. The church is open to visitors and offers a glimpse of the religious and artistic heritage of Ostuni. (Photos 32-33) – The Church of Our Lady ‘della Grata’, also known as the Sanctuary of the Madonna della Grata, in Ostuni is a small church that stands in a prominent position outside the historical centre of Ostuni, surrounded by gardens. The church was built between 1896 and 1910 by the architect Gaetano Jurleo, who also designed the facade of the Church of San Francesco d’Assisi in Ostuni. The church has a symmetrical facade with a central semicircular window and four Corinthian pilasters. The interior has a central plan with a semi-circular apse and a dome. The church is dedicated to the Virgin Mary, who is said to have appeared to a peasant who fell into a thorny bush in 17002. The church is visited by many pilgrims, especially in the first decade of August, when a solemn procession takes place in honour of the Madonna della Grata. (Photo 34) – (Photos 35-36-37) were taken along a street which runs from Via Giosuè Pinto to Via F. Vitale. I could not find a name for this street but got wonderful views of the white city above it. – Via F. Vitale is a street in Ostuni which runs from the previous unnamed street to Via Giosuè Pinto. (Photos 38-44) – Via Cattedrale is a street in Ostuni which runs from Corso Giuseppe Mazzini to Largo Arcid Teodoro Trinchera (Photos 39-40-41-42-43-45-46) – Piazza Beato Giovanni Paolo II is a small square near the Cathedral of Ostuni. The square is named after Pope John Paul II, who was beatified in 2011 and canonized in 2014. The square hosts the Diocesan Museum of Ostuni, which displays artworks and artifacts from the local churches and monasteries, as well as the Treasury of the Co-Cathedral Chapter123. The square is also a popular spot for tourists and locals to enjoy the view of the white city. (Photos 47-48) – The Concattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta in Cielo, also known as Ostuni Cathedral, is a remarkable Roman Catholic cathedral. Originally, the cathedral served as a church practicing Orthodox rites before the year 1000. In 1228-1229, the present Romanesque church was erected by Frederick II of Swabia. An earthquake in 1456 caused significant damage, prompting subsequent Gothic-style rebuilding between 1469 and 1495. The elegant rose window on the façade was added in the 15th century. The cathedral archives hold nearly 200 parchments dating back to the 12th century and in 1902, the cathedral was declared a National Monument. Restoration efforts took place in 2006-2007. (Photos 48-40-50) – L. Arcidiacono Trinchera is a street in Ostuni which runs from Via G. Arpone to Via F. Incalzi Antonelli (Photo 51) – Arco Scoppa is a historic arch in the old town of Ostuni. It connects the Bishop’s Palace and the ancient seminary and faces the Cathedral of Ostuni. It is named after Bishop Scoppa, who built it in the 18th century. It is one of the main landmarks of Ostuni and a popular spot for taking photos. (Photo 52) – Via F. Incalzi Antonelli is a street in Ostuni which runs from Largo Arcid Teodoro Trinchera to Via Giovanni Antonio Petrarolo (Photo 53) – Vicolo Villari is a street in Ostuni which runs from Via Giovanni Antonio Petrarolo to Via Bax G (Photo 54) – Via Giovanni Antonio Petrarolo is a street in Ostuni which runs from Via G. B. de Benedictis to Via Cattedrale. (Photos 55-56)

Ostuni Cuisine: – Ostuni is a city in the Puglia region of Italy, known for its white-washed buildings and its rich and varied cuisine. Some of the dishes that are special to Ostuni are: – Orecchiette with turnip tops: Orecchiette are small, ear-shaped pasta that are typically paired with turnip greens, garlic, anchovies, and chili peppers. – Panzerotti: Panzerotti are fried pockets of dough filled with tomato and mozzarella cheese, or other ingredients such as onions, olives, or anchovies. – Mashed broad beans with chicory: This is a hearty dish made with dried broad beans that are cooked and mashed into a puree, and served with boiled chicory, a bitter green vegetable. – Aubergines ‘cu llagghia nculu’: This is a simple and tasty dish of sliced aubergines that are fried in olive oil and seasoned with garlic, parsley, and vinegar.

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Photo Gallery of  Walk 1 – Corso Giuseppe Mazzini to Corso Vittorio Emanuele II
Approximately 1.18 km – 0.73 miles

The walk starts in Corso Giuseppe Mazzini – Via Giuseppe Rodio – Giuseppe Orlando – Via Giuseppe Rodio – Corso Giuseppe Mazzini – Vicolo Domenico Anglani – Corso Giuseppe Mazzini – Vico Aurelio Saffi – Corso Giuseppe Mazzini – Via G. Pisanelli – Corso Giuseppe Mazzini – Chiesa di San Francesco, Corso Giuseppe Mazzini – Piazza della Libertà – Via Matteo Renato Imbriani – Chiesa dello Spirito Santo, Via Roma – Corso Vittorio Emanuele II

Photo Gallery of  Walk 2 – Via Indipendenza to Via Giovanni Antonio Petrarolo
Approximately 1.51 km – 0.94 miles

The walk starts in Via Indipendenza -Via Salvatore Tommasi – Chiesa del Carmine, Via Giosuè Pinto – Unnamd Roads – Via Arciduca Francesco Antonio Zaccaria – Via Cattedrale – Concattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta in Cielo, Piazza Beato Giovanni Paolo II – Piazza Beato Giovanni Paolo II –  L. Arcidiacono Trinchera – Arco Scoppa, L. Arcidiacono Trinchera – Via F. Incalzi Antonelli – Vico Pasquale Villari  – Via Giovanni Antonio Petrarolo