Situated in the Agri River Valley, the Masseria fortificata (fortified farm) evokes memories of times past, when 100 people lived together as a community and when all food products were organic and homemade.
Masseria date back to the 16th through 19th centuries, and were typically fortified – originally against attacks by Turks or pirates. Podolic cattle, a breed of grey cattle likely imported from eastern Europe around the 5th century, can be seen grazing in the fields, unique because they eat only wild food (no chemicals or hormones).
Visiting the Masseria is a wonderful opportunity to share a typical day with local farmers and conclude it with an informal lunch or dinner with the owners and day laborers.
WHERE THE EXPERIENCE WILL TAKE PLACE: Fortified farm
HOW LONG IT TAKES: Half a day
HOW FAR FROM THE PALAZZO: 40 minutes drive from the Palazzo
SUGGESTED PERIOD: Year around
RECOMMENDED TIME OF THE DAY: Afternoon (Summer); Morning (Winter)
WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE EXPERIENCE: Transfer to and from the Masseria, lunch or dinner with the farmers