Discover Apulia…love at first sight!

Apulia is the ideal destination for anyone who wants to discover an extraordinary place where nature, art and nature blend into one. A place where the past reappears in magnificent monuments, churches, between the streets of the old town center and the ancient folk and church traditions.

As you walk along the Apulian streets, your breath will be taken away by the panorama with steep cliffs down to the sea, vast golden sandy beaches, alleys and small streets alternating with the untouched landscape of Mediterranean macchia, centuries-­old olive trees and lush vineyards.

Apulia also sets the bar when it comes to gastronomy. You can taste dishes made in the ancient tradition with natural ingredients from the immediate area (zero-­kilometer principle) such as extra virgin olive oil. The excellent wines from our production pair well with these foods.

Thanks to the mild climate, Apulia is suitable for a visit all year round and offers something for everyone.

FASANO5,6 Km o 12 min by car from the Masseria.

The town of Fasano can be found surrounded by oaks and chestnut trees.
Its ancient walls preserve the old town center with its squares, whitewashed walls, arches and alleyways.
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The fascinating tradition is intertwined with the beauty of the Mediterranean macchia and provides space for two impressive events: On the third Sunday of June you can visit the village “Scamiciata” and on the first Sunday in August the “Coppa Fasano­‐Selva”, a race car time trial, which takes place on the serpentines around Fasano.

ZOOSAFARI FASANOLANDIA10,8 Km 12 min by car from the Masseria.

On a hillside with Mediterranean macchie (maquis schrubs) among centuries-­old olive trees, you can allow yourself to completely surrender to nature and allow imagination and reality to blend together.
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Zoo Safari Fasanolandia in Fasano is the first zoo in the form of a faunistic park in Italy and one of the largest in Europe in terms of the number of animal species within its walla. Next to the faunistic park is the Fasanolandia amusement park, where adults can become children again.

CISTERNINO11,8 km 17 min by car from the Masseria.

The city of Cisternino rises up in the unspoiled nature of the Mediterranean Macchia, overlooking the Valle d’Itria, and is one of the most beautiful villages in Italy.
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The historical old town center with its historical palaces is a true example of “spontaneous architecture”. In the Cisternino field, there are several rural houses, which are the typical “Apulian Masseria in the countryside.” Many traditional events are held during the Easter period, more specifically on Easter Monday, called “Pasquarèdde” ‘Ibernia’ with typical desserts in a small bag with two boiled eggs for children, the feast of the town saint in Cisternino, Quirico and Giulitta in the first week of August; the feast of the Orecchiette (typical Apulian pasta) in August; as well as the wine festival in September. 4 Archaeological.

ARCHAEOLOGICAL PARK IN EGNAZIA11,9 Km 18 min by car from the Masseria.

A few kilometers from the sea, near Fasano, is the archaeological park of Egnazia, which rises on the ancient ruins of the city of Gnathia.
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Outside the walls is the archaeological museum, where you can find numerous historical finds discovered during the excavations.

LOCOROTONDO14,4 km 23 min by car from the Masseria.

In the heart of the Valle d’Itria, nestled in a high plateau is Locorotondo, which owes its name to the characteristic circular shape (loco = place, rotondo = round). This particular shape characterizes the old town center of the town.
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In the old part of the town, churches and monuments dominate the typical houses with a sloping roof (“cummerse”). In the streets of the old town center you can enjoy the taste of Apulian foods in various festivals: Sagra d ‘A’ Cialled ‘(water and bread), last Sunday in June; Horse saddle (Palio delle contrade), first Saturday and Sunday in July; Sagra dei Gnumeredde (roulades), first Sunday in August; Porcini Festival (Sagra del Fungo Porcino) second Sunday in August; festival with young wine and chestnuts on the second Sunday in November.

OSTUNI19,5 km 27 min by car from the Masseria.

Ostuni, known as “white city”, rises in the Valle d’Itria at 218 m asl. In panoramic position with breathtaking views in the midst of Mediterranean macchia and ancient monuments.
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The old town center of the ancient city of Ostuni with its charming narrow streets is characterized by buildings that are colored with white lime. These also lend the town its name. Some of the popular events that should not be missed include : February 3rd Feast of St. Biagio, patron saint of Ostuni, together with St. Oronzo, the festivities for the latter take place on the four days from 24th to 27th August.

MARTINA FRANCA20,7 Km 35 min by car from the Masseria.

Between stone walls, trellis and fields, Martina Franca can be found, a perfect unity between art and history. The townscape of the old town center of Martina Franca is characterized by apartments
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arranged in the vertical direction: shops on the ground floor and living area on the first floor. This is a place which features events all year round: the celebration of the Fiera della Candelora on 2 February; The festival of the patron saint of St. Martin in the summer and the martyr on the first weekend after the 4th of July, the Ghironda Summer Festival (collection of music and culture of the five continents), the Feast of St. Martin on 11 November.

MONOPOLI20,8 Km 22 min by car from the Masseria.

Ancient walls that surround the remains of the Spanish era castle and reflect in the Adriatic Sea. Also called “the city of the 100 Contrade”.
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Contrada is the name of a small city district or street (city wards). Two completely different features that characterize the city: a flat part below the sea and a higher situated area which is characterized by fortified masses, churches, cave settlements and villas. Be sure not to miss out on the festivities for Saints Cosma and Damiano on the first weekend of June; The landing of the raft with the Madonna della Madia on 14 August and 16 December.

ALBEROBELLO21,1 Km 29 min by car from the Masseria.

In the heart of the Murgia dei Trulli, Alberobello, with its picturesque old town center, consists of trulli, the original stone houses,
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lime-dyed in the typical round form with the round, self-supporting roof, consisting of overlapping circles of stone decorated with decorative battlements. You can dive into a place that is overflowing with history, tradition, legends and religion. We would like to remind you of the feast of the patron saint, devoted to the Holy Medici Cosma and Damiani, celebrated every year between the 25th and 28th of September.

POLIGNANO A MARE28,2 Km 26 min by car from the Masseria.

One of the most beautiful locations of Apulia and also known as the “Pearl of the Adriatic” rises on a rocky steep slope overlooking the crystal-clear sea.
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The high cliffs and the coast, with its many coves and grottoes, including “Grotta Palazzese”, which is probably the most famous have also inspired people such as Domenico Modugno, born in Polignano, who, in his words, “Nel blu dipinto di blu” (painted blue with blue). A must see are the festivities in honor of the patron San Vito Martire on 15 June; Il “Libro Possibile”, “Il libro possibile”, an extraordinary church fair, which lasts for four days, where authors, writers and Italian intellectuals meet and discuss in front of a large audience; The celebrations for the Saints Cosma and Damiano on the first weekend of August; The World Cup with the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series, jumps from 24 meters high, a breathtaking spectacle that attracts millions of people every year.

CASTELLANA GROTTE32,9 Km 32 min by car from the Masseria.

Castellana Grotte is especially known for the karst complex of the caves of Castellana. The caves of Castellana are a cave complex of Karnic origin, formed one hundred million years ago.
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The tour of this area takes place along a 1.5 km long fascinating route. The longest path takes two hours and stretches out 3 km between caves and gaps with mythological and fantasy names. Among the popular events in the city are “Festa delle Fanove” on January 11th, a religious feast, which leads to the ignition of the camp fire; The main festival takes place on the last weekend in April; The procession of the Madonna on August 21st; The chicken and rabbit festival on the 7th and 8th of September. 

CONVERSANO37,7 Km 33 min by car from the Masseria.

Conversano, a friendly little town in the Baresian hinterland, was once a fortress with megalithic walls stretching 790 m. Today it is an attraction for many tourists who want to discover the remains of the city walls,
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For all those who want to experience the fascination of the past, there is the possibility to experience ancient religious customs in different periods of the year: Madonna della Fonte, on the fourth Sunday of May; Settimana Santa, a cosmos celebrated by the local population with enthusiasm dedicated to the Passion of Christ; Cherry festival in June; Madonna del Carmine July 16; San Rocco August 16; The St. Medici and St. Rita on the first Sunday in October; San Flaviano on the 24th of November.

RISERVA NATURALE DI TORRE GUACETO42,6 Km 34 min by car from the Masseria

The nature reserve Torre Guaceto stretches along the Adriatic coast for about 8 km. The landscape is characterized by coastal dunes, which reach a height of 13 meters in some places,
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 and offer a retreat for some species of animals such as the badger, weasel or stone marten, which are usually well hidden in the countryside during the noon hours. The crystalline water, rich in underwater vegetation houses reptiles like vipers and sea turtles, which are easily recognizable by their yellow spots on their dark bodies. The species of birds that you may see here include pouches and silk sellers, but also larger birds like the water ripples , herons and tubers, but also swallows and marsh harriers. Among the most common mammals found here are the hare and wild rabbit, the fox, stone martens, hedgehogs and small rodents such as field mice and sieves. There are also porcupines, wildcats, deer and wild boars. 

PUTIGNANO28 km 37 min by car from the Masseria.

Putignano, known for its traditional carnival, which has now taken place 62 times is an event of international renown among tourists.
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There is a carnival parade, which takes place every Sunday during the carnival season and is created by the experienced hands of local craftsmen. The characteristic mask of the event is called Farinella and owes its name to Putignano. Since 2006 a summer carnival has also been taking place.

BARI64,1 Km 53 min by car from the Masseria.

As the capital of the region, Bari has a fundamental importance with regard to the Mediterranean countries. This is thanks to the strategic function of the port, the airport and the fair “Fiera del Levante”.
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The appearance of the city is often described as an eagle with bent wings, whose head is the small peninsula on which the original city center was built, Bari Vecchia (ancient Bari), a place with a variety of history, culture and tradition. A must is also a visit to the fair “Fiera del Levante” in September and for those who love folklore the feast of St. Nicholas, the holy patron of the city from 7th – May as well as in December.

GROTTAGLIE51,8 Km 54 min by car from the Masseria.

Situated on a small hill just a few kilometers from Taranto, it is surrounded by lucious green and impressive gorges, where archaic lanes can still be seen.
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A place whose origins and livelihoods stem from the earth, which over the years has been skillfully transformed by the inhabitants into art. Grottaglie is, in fact, known for its fine works of terracotta. In the old town-center you can browse in over fifty stores with low carches. These have been operated for generations and showy plates, dishes, holy water basins, figurines as well as the famous “Pomi” made glazed ceramics, the symbols of Figula art from Grottaglie can be found. An art which we find also during the celebrations in honor of Saint Ciro as well as during the lighting of the great fire on 31 January.

LECCE95,4 km 1h 2min by car from the Masseria.

Lecce is the capital of Salento. Characterized by impressive palaces and churches from the Baroque period, which still stand between the streets.
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The latter are enclosed by the three city gates: Porta Rudiae, Porta San Biagio and Porta Napoli. All the monumental buildings are made of stone from Lecce, a soft and brittle stone. The stone masons have also succeeded in creating the finest decorations that we still find intact today as we walk through the narrow streets of the old town center. The patron of the city is the holy Oronzo, and the festivities in his honor take place on the 26th of August.

TARANTO53 Km 1h 6 min by car from the Masseria.

The “city of the two seas” as it is also called because it is surrounded by a large and small sea. Throughout history, we find here the leading actors of important events, thanks to the strategic position.
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In fact, the history of Taranto has always spread along the two bridges connecting the old to the modern city. The bridge, which was inaugurated in 1887, also retains the fascination of mechanical engineering and leads into the alleyways of the old town, where we find various art warehouses. From the 8th to 10th of May the celebrations in honor of the patron saint of Cataldo will take place.

ALTAMURA81,9 Km 1h 27 min by car from the Masseria.

In the heart of the Baroque hinterland, almost on the border with Basilicata, is the city of Altamura. The oldest part of the city is surrounded by walls and includes palaces, churches and the typical “Claustri”, small enclosed courtyards.
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In the country, embedded in the National Park Alta Murgia, we find the famous “Pulo”, an impressive deep karst dolina with a depth of about one hundred meters. In the past, fossils of historical value have been discovered in recent years, for example many dinosaur bones and the “man from Altamura”, remnants of a completely preserved skeleton from the Paleolithic period. Most of them connect the town with the traditional wood oven bread, the first oven product in Europe, marked DOP. It is worth a taste!

MATERA83,8 Km 1h 28 min by car from the Masseria.

Matera was declared a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage on 9 December 1993. It is the first place in southern Italy to receive this award.
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Mainly known as the “City of Rocks” or “Underground City”; Names that date back to the historical time of Sassi, one of the oldest inhabited districts in the world. An ideal venue for many events, such as the Duni Festival, a concert series in July; The Women’s Fiction Festival, an event marked by female fiction in September; The Festival Gezziamoci, a jazz music series in the months of June, August and December.

GALLIPOLI133 km 1h 29 min by car from the Masseria.

The ancient town of Gallipoli, whose name means “beautiful city”, rises on a calcareous island and is connected to the mainland and the new city by a bridge built in the 20th century.
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This bridge was recently extended by another bridge towards the port. Small cobblestone streets from which you can see the sea carry you back into the past: over towering towers, tunnels and corridors as well as majestic halls. Among other events, we would recommend the Feast of the Protectorate of the Rosary (Madonna del Rosario) on the 8th of October, the Feast of Christina on the 23rd of July and the Swordfish Festival on the 27th of July.

CASTEL DEL MONTE118 Km 1h 33min by car from the Masseria.

Making the list of UNESCO world heritage monuments in 1996, this town lies on a gentle green hill, embedded in the National Park Alta Murgia.
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It is characteristic of the mysterious octagonal ground plan of the castle, which, according to experts, was perhaps used as an astronomical observatory or as an imposing hunting lock. It differs fundamentally from all other castles in Apulia and is mentioned in mysterious legends.

OTRANTO144 Km 1h 36 min by car from the Masseria.

Otranto is situated on a rocky promontory overlooking the sea. You can walk along the entire beach promenade or lose yourself in the small streets and alleys of the “ancient Borgo of Otranto”.
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The latter was declared a cultural heritage by Unesco because it is a place that serves as a “messenger of peace”. Outside of the inhabited center you will be enchanted by the emerald green lake. It lies between the coral-colored hills of the Bauxite cave.

SANTA MARIA DI LEUCA177 Km 2h by car from the Masseria.

The outermost edge of Salento, where the Ionian and the Adriatic Sea meet. The bay is surmounted above the lighthouse, which is 47 m high and one of the most important in all of Italy.
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The perforated coast is a part of the Regional Natural Park Coast Otranto – Santa Maria di Leuca – Forest area Tricase and has a lot of natural caves, all accessible through the sea. The local fishermen are the true guardians of legends and tales, which are still passed down from generation to generation. On the beach promenade you will find elegant residences and villas in the Art Nouveau style.
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