I really enjoyed the city of Ostuni with its confusing white-washed alleyways, staircases and arches. I wanted to know more about its history, so I checked online and found that Ostuni is known as ‘La Città Bianca’ in Italy. The city has been occupied since the Stone Age, but most of what we see was built during the Medieval Period. There was no plan for the design of the city, so that is why there are buildings stacked on top of each other and arched alleyways to support the walls. I found that the houses infected with the plague were required to paint their walls with a limestone/water mixture that made them white. Today, the city encourages residents to repaint their walls every two years and even pays them half the cost in order to maintain this appearance.

Jacqueline Ras


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