Ostuni City Walls, Ostuni

Ostuni City Walls, Ostuni

The Ostuni City Walls, also known as the "White City" walls, stand as a testament to the rich history and defensive heritage of this captivating Italian town. These ancient fortifications, dating back to the invasion of Angioni, were originally constructed to safeguard the old town of Ostuni from external threats. They represent not only a vital part of Ostuni's architectural landscape but also a link to the town's storied past.

The history of these protective walls is intertwined with various historical events and periods. Following the devastating earthquake of 1456, the Aragonese rulers of the region recognized the importance of restoring and expanding the defensive perimeter of Ostuni. As a result, the city walls underwent significant renovations, reinforcing their role as a safeguard against potential invaders.

One can only imagine the scenes that played out atop these walls during times of siege. From their vantage point, defenders would hurl stones and even boiling oil down upon any adversaries attempting to breach the city's defenses.

The city walls featured four entrances: Porta San Francesco, Porta del Ponte, Porta Nova, and Porta San Demetrio. While the first two have not survived the passage of time, Porta Nova and Porta San Demetrio remain as historic gateways to the old town.

For those who choose to saunter along the city walls, a unique experience awaits. As you walk atop these ancient fortifications, you can take in the serene vistas of the Adriatic Sea, with its shimmering waters extending to the horizon. Below, the checkerboard pattern of olive groves surrounds the old city, offering a picturesque backdrop that enhances the charm of this historic setting.

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Sight Name: Ostuni City Walls
Sight Location: Ostuni, Italy (See walking tours in Ostuni)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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Walking Tours in Ostuni, Italy

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Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.7 Km or 0.4 Miles