The south-eastern Italian region of Apulia, thanks to its great weather conditions and fertile soil, is still characterised by a strong agricultural tradition. A unique and perceptible indicator of the intense history in the farming culture, are the so-called “Masserie.” The big country estates used to be used for the accommodation of the field' landlords, as well as of their employees, during the harvest months.
Masserie can be found all over Apulia, -usually far from any other infrastructures- in the middle of a farmland surrounded by olive trees. Sounds like the perfect place to take a break from the everyday life and relax, right? Well, it definitely is! 😊 The majority of Masserie have been renovated and are now exclusive hotels and restaurants. They are the perfect place to stay, if you're looking to dive deep into the region and its history, while enjoying a residence that combines perfectly the typical Italian "chic and authenticity". The country estates include big free garden areas, often with huge pools and an open-air restaurant. Masserie are also considered to be very popular event locations; especially for weddings, due to their romantic and cozy vibe.
Another very particular and charming thing of those masserie, is the delicious dishes offered in their restaurants; the breakfast specifically, is mainly prepared with fresh fruit and vegetables coming from their own land.
On earth there is no heaven, but there are pieces of it.- Jules Renard
There are many wonderful and incredible, charming locations for every budget and destination. Since Apulia has so much to offer, it is best to rent a car and stay in multiple cities during your trip- one of your stops should definitely be in an Apulian Masseria.
Almost all Masserie can be found in common websites, such as 'booking" ; however, there are also some pages which are specialised in the booking of the historic and authentic country estates, such as: www.charmingpuglia.com
Masserie are the perfect places to soak up the peaceful atmosphere in the charming nature of Italy’s south.
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