A visit to Ostuni to discover its architectural beauty can begin starting from this marvellous square, the heart of the life of the townspeople. Piazza Libertà has been re-shaped over the centuries, especially after the Unity of Italy when it was widened by knocking down the walls and the defensive towers from the 1500’s, and All Saints Church, the hospital, the clock tower, the prisons and numerous buildings. During these years the front of the Municipal Palace was changed, the ex Franciscan convent, now the Town Hall, and the buildings on the left hand side were built in neo-classical style. Next to the Town Hall there is the church of San Francesco di Assisi whose façade takes up the neoclassical style of the palace enriched with rococo elements. The bronze doorway from 1985 is the work of the roman artist Egidio Giarolo and reproduces the most significant events of the saint of Assisi.
In the centre of the square is the 18th century pinnacle of Sant’Oronzo, the work of the sculptor from Ostuni, Giuseppe Greco. It is 20 metres high, the column was built at the behest of the faithful of Ostuni for the protection they received from the saint during the scourge of the plague.
A recent restoration of the paving stones of the square brought to light the circular base of a tower, probably that of the left hand side of the old ‘Bridge’s Gate’. This bears witness to the stratification by centuries that the area demonstrates.
Piazza della libertà, Ostuni