Ostuni is famous for both white buildings that contrast the stark blue of the Adriatic Sea, and for its particularly confusing maze of cobbled streets, alleyways, arches, and dead-ends. During a plague outbreak in the 17th century, infected houses in this walled village were marked by white paint, and, miraculously, fewer plague outbreaks occurred near those marked. Locals attributed this to a miracle, and the town’s buildings have been monochromatic ever since! While you’re here, you can stay in one of those original marked buildings, punctuated by turquoise doors and fuchsia flowers that will hardly remind you of the Black Plague.
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