In the surrounding countryside there are typical Pugliese “masserie”, fortified large estate-farms, one of which, San Domenico, was once held by the Knights of Malta.
The coast near Ostuni hosts a few good places to take in some sun or go for a dip; nearby spiaggia Torre Canne (map) is a favorite of the locals, although quieter spots abound as well.
*Martina Franca (map) – The largest city of Itria Valley, with a large pedestrianized old town rich of Baroque buildings (½ by car).
*Alberobello (map) – Location of the world-famous trulli, typical white houses recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. (45 min by car)