Distance -33 min (24,2 km)
One of the most attractive towns in southern Italy, Ostuni is a gleaming white jumble of houses, churches, and charming piazzas spread over a hilltop surrounded by quaint countryside and endless olive groves. La Città Bianca, as it is locally known, is home to a spellbindingly beautiful fortified old town packed with medieval architectural treasures and dazzling views of the Adriatic coast. And while the old-world allure is what primarily draws visitors here, Ostuni is no stranger to chic hotels, hip cafés, and excellent restaurants, either. This is the closest town to our wedding venue and the distances of the suggested places to visit are from the Ostuni area.
Polignano a mare
Distance - 44 min (41,4 km)
Perched dramatically on the edge of a craggy ravine on the Adriatic coast of Puglia, Polignano a Mare is prettier than a postcard. The idyllic seaside town hugs a little Blue Flag beach sheltered by two cliffs, and its centro storico – an atmospheric maze of winding streets, sun-bleached buildings, and old churches – reveals intriguing glimpses of the sparkling blue sea at every turn. Thanks to its spectacular setting, surrounded by crystal clear waters and half-submerged sea caves, Polignano a Mare is widely famous for the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series, which takes place here each summer.
Distance - 42 min (33,3 km)
Though lesser known than Alberobello and Ostuni nearby, Monopoli is a delightful coastal town replete with ancient churches and winding alleys lined with whitewashed façades. Adding to the charm of its tangled medieval old town is a lovely cathedral, an old fishing port, and a series of fortified seafront walls. A golden sandy cove with crystalline waters, it’s no wonder the beach of Monopoli is one of the most popular along the Apulian coast.
Distance - 22 min (15,0 km)
One Puglia's most famous sight is the trullo, a unique house with conical roof found in the area around Alberobello. Trulli dot the countryside of central Puglia but the highest concentration of trulli is in the town of Alberobello itself. Its trulli zone has been added to the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Distance - 13 min (6,3 km)
Listed as one of I Borghi più belli d’Italia (most beautiful small Italian towns of historical interest), off-the-radar Locorotondo is mainly famous for its white, lightly sparkling wines. Still, the humble hilltop town in the heart of the Valle d’Itria is a delightful place to wander around, with its round-shaped historical center of quiet ivory streets and typical white cummerse townhouses bedecked with pots of fuchsia geraniums and intricate ironwork. An equally enchanting sight, the countryside surrounding Locorotondo is dotted with tranquil vineyards, olive groves, and Hobbit-like trulli homes.
Distance - 1 h 44 min (137 km)
Gallipoli is a fishing village with an interesting old town built on a limestone island and linked to the mainland by a 16th century bridge. Its harbors are used by fishing boats and there's plenty of fresh seafood. The name Gallipoli comes from the Greek Kallipolis meaning beautiful city, as this area was once part of ancient Greece.
Distance - 1 h 22 min (99,9 km)
The Baroque city of Lecce, sometimes called the Florence of the South, is the southern terminus for the Italian rail line that runs along the east coast. The main city of the Salento area is filled with ornate Baroque monuments and even has a few remnants of Roman days. It's also a good city for walking and shopping. Lecce is well-known for its paper mache handicrafts.
Distance - 1 h 52 min (148 km)
Tucked away in Italy’s heel, in the province of Lecce, the picturesque seaside town of Otranto means different things for different travelers. Art and history enthusiasts come here to admire the gorgeous 12th-century mosaic floors of its Romanesque cathedral; gourmets for the seafood restaurants lining the scenic waterfront promenades; and incurable romantics to get lost in its postcard-perfect old quarter crisscrossed by narrow travertine-paved alleyways.
Distance - 1 h 32 min (78,8 km)
Porto Cesareo is a small port for small boats and located along the Ionian coast. The ancient town developed around the 16th century tower from which it took its name. Porto Cesareo is an important seaside resort with sandy beaches along the Ionian coast and has a clear blue sea.
Distance - 1 h 17 min (67,8 km)
Punta Prosciutto is located along the ionia coast of Salento north of Porto Cesareo. It is a stunning stretch of coast of Puglia. Here the unspoiled nature, the white sandy beach, the coastal dunes covered with Mediterranean vegetation and the crystal clear sea make it a piece of paradise in the heart of Salento.
Distance - 53 min (46,9 km)
Torre Guaceto is located along the Adriatic coast of Puglia, near the towns of Carovigno and Ostuni. The beaches of Torre Guaceto, which are part of the WWF protected area, are undoubtedly among the most beautiful of Puglia. Throughout the protected territory there are several beaches, some have a ban on bathing because the protected zone also includes a marine reserve of particular importance.