Exclusive to Puglia and Sicily, masserias are former farm houses usually surrounded by olive trees, vineyards, and rolling green fields. They all have distinctively high walls that were built to protect the family and their servants from bands of marauders that used roam the countryside.
Today things are far more peaceful and these authentically Italian houses now usually do duty as a cosy B&B or a boutique hotel, albeit with a touch more luxury than in olden days! To experience the very best of Italy it’s hard to look past a masseria (and not just because of the high walls)!
Where Puglia is known for its romantic trullo, in Sicily people speak of the rugged nature reserves. But both have renovated masserias where you can go in the summer for a holiday away from the crowd. Here you can cool off between the vines and immerse yourself in Italian country life. Like a trulli, a masseria also has a romantic feel. This is often due to the beautiful color combinations and the typical architecture from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Where the stables and storage areas for feed, livestock and crops used to be, these are now stylish guest rooms.
The hosts and hostesses of this masseria welcome me every time with open arms. They are all proud of their masseria and how they can realize their vision of a luxury stay.