Alberobello we took an optional tour to the town of Ostuni. It is
known as "The White Town" due to it's whitewashed buildings.
Ostuni is one of many white towns settled during the 11th century.
They were located on top of hills to protect the people from attacks
from the sea by pirates. The people moved to these fortified citadels
from small towns and were a mix of backgrounds, including Arab,
Greek, and Norman. The
Arabs contributed white houses and winding streets (like those of
Morocco) and the Greeks contributed enclosed courtyards. The courtyards
were used to protect women, children and the elderly while men were
away at work. The Normans recognized the area had very rich soil
which was perfect for agriculture. Ostuni is particularly noted
for processing grapes into wine.
wandered through the narrow, cobblestone streets of the old town.
Then did a little souvenir shopping in the streets around the town
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