Masserie in Puglia


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The Puglian countryside is scattered with masserie, impressively imposing constructions that were once the beating hearts of local agricultural estates.

They served many purposes, providing not only accommodation for the local lord or Massaro (landlord or farm manager), who would live on the upper floor, but also storerooms, workrooms, stables and living quarters for the farmhands on the lower level.

They were generally very large in size and built of thickly-carved blocks of tuff stone. The main building was often connected to a chapel and surrounded by courtyards, large fertile gardens and, finally, strong protective perimeter walls designed to keep out unwanted visitors. Beyond those lay the fields and farmland.

Thanks to their great size and impressive architectural designs, over recent decades a great many of Puglia’s masserie have been transformed into luxury hotels and glorious private residences. Several of the latter, such as Villa Elia, Masseria Curti Vecchi, Masseria Scippi and Masseria Cisterna Rossa have decided to open their doors exclusively to clients of The Thinking Traveller.

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