Ostuni the white, unmissable mix of wonders

Ostuni (Brindisi- Apulia) – In this period of pandemic, talking about Ostuni is significant. In the second half of the seventeenth century, in fact, during the black plague epidemic that spread throughout Europe, the Terre d’Otranto were also involved. They were devastated, to the point of total extinction of the population, but Ostuni was saved by none other than the use of quicklime, which limited the spread of deadly bacteria. Calcium oxide in fact has aseptic and disinfectant properties. Since then, the city of Ostuni has remained very attached to white lime, so much so that it has become an identifying mark.

Up there on three hills facing the sea (and what a sea), between Salento and the Murgia of Bari, shines like a brilliant sun-kissed white Ostuni, full of charm and mystery with its ancient village full of narrow streets, stairways, beautiful churches, extraordinary views, just outside the walls noble palaces, huge bouquets of archaeological finds everywhere, in the city and in the countryside where there are original farms, authentic, which hold priceless heritage of the past. Ostuni is a story, a long history, a city capable of giving emotions in every corner, from every unexpected and wonderful viewpoint. For those who want to visit it and perhaps coincide a vacation with friends, we have identified a particular noble palace, recently restored, with truly unique features and with a very convenient location at the edge of the walls of the old town.

This is Palazzo Rodio, built with local stone in 1852 by the priest and physicist Francesco Greco and later expanded. It has a unique structure maintained unchanged, the ceilings have high vaulted ceilings, there are very large suites with a spectacular living room with vaulted frescoes, in addition to the TV room, kitchen, two rooms, bathroom and terrace. Other suites are smaller in size but with very rare peculiarities, such as the room of the fireplace which consists of an apartment with kitchen, bedroom with a room inside the fireplace, living room, bathroom and beautiful terraces. The palace has a sumptuous and sumptuous facade that shows some of the maxims of Socrates and Plato, above the central window is the engraving in greek “Oiax ton Bios nomos Tau” (Rudder of life is the law of God).

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A great added value for guests is the project “PugliaExperience” which was created to propose a particular, original and quality experiential tourism. A tourism designed specifically to live unique experiences, to discover the beauty of Puglia has to offer more real and not created ad hoc for tourists.

“ApuliaExperience” will take you to discover the history and the true and sunny nature of Apulia, olive growing, viticulture, the most ancient archaeological routes. You can even go to visit ancient farms as the Brancati that preserves intact the testimonies left by the people who have succeeded and, with the help of the owner or specialized guides, you can visit it and make together a magical journey back in time to discover the ‘evolution occurred in the civilization of farming and milling from the time of the Messapi to today. The guided tour begins in the monumental olive grove to discover the specimens from the fascinating sculptural forms, continues in the Hypogeum mill probably Messapian era with stone millstone, cisterns, fireplace, stables and olivary.

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It continues with the first epigean nucleus, dating back to ‘XIII/XIV century that includes in addition to housing, barn and storage of olives, including a rare small stable remained intact, the home of the farmer dating back to the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries; the nucleus of the half of the ‘700 with a beautiful church with a Rococo altar in stone, with accommodation of the shepherds, sheepfold, stables and oven; the “modern” oil mill dating back to 1880 with the so-called “hell”, the cistern, the accommodation for workers currently used as a Museum of Farming and Oil Milling.

At the end a memory much closer to us, a shed built in 1940 for the shelter and repairs of the Fiat Balilla and the first tractors. Today in this room, which still retains the trapdoor where the mechanic went down for repairs, you can taste and buy the exceptional olive oil produced on the farm absolutely organic.

For further information please contact https://www.palazzorodio.it



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