The city of Brindisi, located on the Adriatic coast, lies between two deep bays linked to the open sea by a narrow and deep channel,
overlooked by the Castello Rosso (Red Castle
), named for the particular colour of the stone used to build it. The beautiful city of Ostuni stands out against the intense green of the olive trees,
with the whitewashed old town crossed by a maze of alleys and courtyards, low houses and narrow passagways that are overlooked by the majestic Cathedral.
Beautiful sandy beaches are scattered along the coast, lapped by the clear water of the Adriatic Sea; colorful patches of the Mediterranean brush and the plantlife of the seabeds contrast with sometimes sandy, sometimes rocky shores. To the north of Ostuni lies one of the most interesting natural areas in the region: the WWF Oasis of Torre Guaceto.
The seawater rushes in toward the cliffs with its scrub, dunes and expanses of reed beds. This territory serves as an ideal habitat for snipes, wild ducks, nightingales and amphibian species, as well as for marine plant species, including meadows of Neptune Grass, sea fans and coral.
The Egnazia Archaeological Park holds important finds dating back to the Roman age, and even remains from earlier settlements. Continuing the journey inland, Cisternino is the “capital” of the Itria Valley, where white houses, narrow alleyways, courtyards and staircases, arches and balconies adorned with colorful flowers together create this small architectural jewel.
Historic Medieval and Renaissance buildings make walking through the streets of the old town an even more interesting experience.
Take a tour of the small towns in the area, such as Mesagne, San Vito dei Normanni, Francavilla Fontana and Ceglie Messapica, that feature treasures of art and history, and testimonies from a way of life long forgotten.