The Language

In my experience a little Italian goes a long way, as does a smile. A lot of Italian goes even further. Its difficult when you are trying to learn a language for your holidays and have no one to practice with. Studying alone takes a lot of patients and determination. Ideally you need to hear dialogues in order to get the head used to the sounds of the words, whether they are incoming or outgoing. A good starting point for beginners is the BBC web site. BBC Italian

Don’t forget that if you are having difficulty with understanding the locals talking among themselves, it may be that the are talking in a Local Dialect.

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Ostuni Taxis

Coming from the Ostuni station, on Saturday Mornings, there were 2 taxis outside to meet the main trains. I got numbers for them, but wouldn’t you know it, i left them on the shelf with all the other numbers back in the Trullo.
In general they are difficult to find in the town, particularly at night, friends of mine, even with the numbers i gave them, found it impossible even in high season.

Does anyone know of a good taxi service in Ostuni, Brindisi? If for example i wanted to go from the Railway station in Ostuni to the Town centre what would be the best way to do that? Is there a number i could ring from the train so the taxi would be waiting on my arrival? Please if anyone knows, let me know?



Local Trains FSE

Local Trains FSE

The main website for checking-out train times, prices and bookings is ferroviadellostato FS. But here in the south, in the Salentino heal, there are other rail services: is the official website for this region and one can check the timetables and duration of journeys here. I was confused when I couldn’t make connections to places I knew had railways, it never occurred to me that they wouldn’t be on the main FS website. I’ve friends staying in Lecce for a few days and they don’t want to drive, however the service from Lecce to Gallipoli Otranto or the tip of the heal, is quite good.


Ostuni 2010

Wave of colour

Wave of colour

It’s that time of year again when the hunt for Trullos (Trulli), villas and apartments is in full swing. It can be difficult to find the perfect solution to suit individual needs, or more difficult still, the needs of all the family. I like to keep it simple: because the coast is so close and the variety and beauty of the beaches is so vast, I would rule out needing a pool. The restriction on choice and increase in price doesn’t warrant it. In fact there is a risk the children will be difficult to tear away from the house, and then you will loose precious time experiencing this heavenly place.

How close to the town should I be, within walking distance? The centre of Ostuni can be so wonderful at night that you don’t want to miss it and have to abstain from the wonderful local vino with your meal and then drive 2km into the country a little worse for ware. But during the day the the countryside can be so tranquil and dripping with ripe fruit. I’ve found a bearable compromise. The countryside about 1km outside the town, in the country but a very short drive. I make the sensible decision to finish the wine at the meal and then take an hour or so in Ostuni square and watch the street entertainers and eat one of the wonderful ice-creams from la Scala a the bottom of the steps at the fountain beneath the statue of Sant Oronzo, then I trundle down the road to a piece of paradise, where i can sleep under a dark sky and silent night.


Getting to Ostuni

Information on getting to Ostuni:

Getting to Ostuni depends a lot on where you are coming from. I come from Dublin and I have done it several ways. There is a railway in Ostuni and the main Bari – Lecce motorway passes Ostuni about 6km from it.

Ryanair fly from London Stanstead to Brindisi
London Stansted 17:15:00 21:05:00 Arrive Brindisi
Brindisi 21:30:00 23:35:00 Arrive Stansted

There are direct trains from Rome, Bologna, Milan etc, and the railway station in Ostuni is about 1km east of Ostuni town. It would be necessary to get a taxi from the station to the town. The best way to organise a train trip in Italy is to use their web site TrenItalia All connections and times are given, all you need to know is the origin and destination.

Travelling by road is straight forward as there are motorways (Autostrada) that go from all airports to near Ostuni. The turn for Ostuni from the motorway from Bari to Brindisi/Lecce is clearly marked, in fact there are 4 possible exits so even if you missed one the next would do fine. The best exit to take, i.e. the shortest distance (6km) in the exit displayed as (Ostuni/Porto Nova).. For all journey planners there is always Google Maps or the excellent route finder Via Michelin

Ostuni is easily accessable today with Ryanair flying to Brindisi. Brindisi is the closest airport to Ostuni, but there are many more options available depending on where you are flying from. And Ryanair are not the only airline to fly to Bari or Brindisi, check out Puglia Airports for details of other airlines flying there.

Ryanair have now opened up more routes to Bari and Brindisi the list now includes:
















Venice Treviso






Coming from Dublin, Ireland, I have gone to Ostuni many ways trying to get the right combination between travel time and cost..
Probably the fastest is to fly to Naples with Aer Lingus and drive to Ostuni. The Drive to Ostuni takes about 3 hours or less if you go a little bit faster than you should.. Car hire from Hertz usually works out well, but flights from Aer Lingus are not as competitive as the RyanAir ones.

Ive gone Ryanair to Ciampino Rome, which takes about 5hours but you can get cheaper flights..

Tolls cost about €20 and petrol €40 from Rome and about 2/3 of both from Naples.

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Ostuni Mercato

Saturday Morning in Ostuni is a buzz down at the open air market. Hundreds of stalls open for business about 8am and close up about 1pm. There is always an abundance of locally produced fruit and vegtables, clothes, handbags, shoes, furniture, soft furnishings, ceramics and all manner of unusual things.

The market is held at the large open space at the edge of the town, south west of the centre.
If you are looking at it from Google maps go left from the football stadium along via Dottore Nino Sansone and you see what looks like some circular roads, not unlike a small race track, where there it is, Ostuni Market, open saturday mornings.

For those of us doing a bit of self catering, buying the fruit and vegtables that are in season from around the Ostuni area is the best way to taste fresh food the way it should be. There is an indescribable difference in terms of taste between sinking your teeth into a fresh locally produced peach, and what I’ve been used to at home. Not just that, but the prices are unbelievably inexpensive. I was buying a kilo of melanzane (Aubergines) and zucchini (courgettes) it was a euro.. (pronounced Air-row), and the kilo of oranges 67c etc, i had enough fruit and veg for the week, for € 10… and there were 5 of us.

There is a smaller market on a wednesday, it is mainly fruit and veg, at the back via Nino Sansone, there are some clothes and household nick-nacky stuff and it is not too busy. Another Market exists on a Friday morning near that modern church and the all weather soccer pitch, not the stadium, along by via Verona. It has less fruit and veg than the Wednesday one and more of what you’d find at the usual saturday market, however a fraction of the size.

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Summer 2009

i’m home after 7 weeks in my trullo in Ostuni.. In Dublin it is cold and grey, and i’m missing the sun the sea the food the town my trullo and to make matters worse, i have to work on Monday.

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The Land

The soil around Ostuni is incredible. Rich in iron the red earth grows all manner of things both wild and cultivated. I asked the children to go around the land and find as many things to eat as possible and this was what they brought back.

Figi di India ( Prickly Pears )

Fennel bulbs

This year there has been a fair bit of rain in the winter so I wonder what effect it will have on the land and that which grows on it. I heard reports that the grass was 50cm high at Easter, so who knows?

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Bari April 1st 2009 Italy Vs Ireland

So wish i was in Bari to watch Italy Vs Ireland. I can’t believe i holiday just down the road in Ostuni and my passion for both teams, hasn’t dragged me there. Can’t help feeling like an Irish win is all i want out of this; Go on ye boys in green!!
Probably got the best result i could expect. Best of all was the way the lads in green played. It takes us to go a goal behind to start playing. Looks like our fans had a good time there. Some of the Italians from there would have prefered a different ref from what they were saying to me. Roll on Croke Park.

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