What is a Masseria?
A southern italian farm vacation!
In Italy, if you want to experience the rustic charm,
fresh air and homegrown richness of Italian food,
you find a masseria to stay in.
The term "masseria" is typically Italian and is difficult to translate into English. Essentially a masseria is a fortified farmhouse on an estate built around the 16th century.
Ksenia Forte
Founder of Italia Per Famiglie
A masseria is a rather large farm complex to house not only the landowners, but also the peasants who tended the crops and farm animals. The complex usually included several other specialty buildings to house animals, to store crops, to make wine or cheese, etc.

Some masseria developed into essentially small villages surrounded and protected high walls with a central courtyard surrounded by all the other structures.

Many of the masserie today have been renovated
and turned into vacation rentals and
are mostly found in Puglia,
in eastern Campania, in Calabria, and in Sicily,
Abruzzo and Molise.
Charming masseria of Puglia

In Italia Per Famiglie you can book the best masseries in Italy. We will organize the trip according to your wishes. Masseria, guides, excursions and other events - trust us and get an individual and non-trivial tour!

Staying in a masseria makes you feel like you are in a special place with a long history. Also, it offers you several opportunities to learn more about the culture, customs and flavors of Puglia.
Masseria Montenapoleone
The Masseria stands on a rocky settlement in the enchanting plain of centuries-old olive groves in the area of Fasano. Since the 16th century the sea has looked at it, whispering the sounds of undertow and iodine perfumes.

The Monteneve family, in the first decade of the New Millennium, started a recovery project after 40 years of abandonment.

The Flemish origins and the many years spent in the South of France have contributed to forming the taste of Giuliano Monteneve, the creative and operational soul of Masseria Montenapoleone.

Son of an Apulian father and a Belgian mother, the tireless traveler Giuliano returns to live in Puglia with the desire to create a place where to get in touch with the most authentic part of his roots.

The masseria is spread out in a series of elegant white buildings with red trim that house the reception, bar, restaurant and 15 eclectic rooms furnished with repurposed, well, pretty much everything that can be repurposed. Think old gramophone horn as a lampshade, for instance.

Scattered around the grounds are bales of hay, ancient household implements, old trucks, a bright yellow-and-sky-blue horse-drawn carriage and bright clusters of flowers and cacti that look like paint splashes against the whitewashed walls.

Quite apart from the food, which is excellent and should be taken by the poolside at night while listening to the resident frog chorus, this is a place that rewards a simple stroll around the grounds. Here you'll find cascading clouds of purple bougainvillea, pots of scarlet flowers, palm trees, fields of poppies and, at the very rear of the property, a small vegetable patch and a fenced-in area shared by a gaggle of goats, ducks, pigs and a couple of bad-tempered turkeys.
Masseria Potenti
Within an estate of about one hundred and thirty hectares and, in the countryside of Manduria, rises the sixteenth century Masseria Potenti, originally belonging to the rich and powerful family of the Imperiali. It is located in a smooth landscape which gently rolls towards the enchanting Ionian sea, amongst endless olive groves, vineyards and Mediterranean thicket. With strong respect for its ancient architecture, the Masseria has today become a unique farmhouse which unites its strong agricultural identity with refined hospitality.

Whatever your choice, the entirety of the day will be characterized by the slow rhythm of the countryside. The morning starts with an abundant breakfast, the jams will naturally be the ones that you yourself have seen prepared from fruit, as will be the pastries and sweets and the typical "ciambella" cakes, fresh from the oven, prepared with local free range eggs and wheat.

For lunch, you can ask for a basket with local "friselle" – seasoned with the sweet tomatoes of the vegetable garden and a savoury, fruity olive oil – as well as seasonal fresh fruit and local cheeses. Once back from the sea you can rest in the fresh and shady gardens, away from the heat.

In the hottest hours of the day, the lifestyle becomes more relaxed and all that can be heard is the soporific sound of the cicadas. Later, the life of the Masseria slowly restarts. When the sun sets, the guests come back from their trips to find again the real atmosphere of the Masseria: the poignant, crimson sunsets, which are reflected on the white walls give a magic lighting to the buildings.

In this mystic moment which induces meditation, the only frenetic activity takes place behind the vast windows of the kitchen, from where one can savour the delicious aromas of the Mediterranean cuisine. This profound silence is suddenly broken by the sound of tambourines. Now, with the first cool breeze of the evening, the lessons of "pizzica" and "tarantella" begin, and soon, even the laziest will be infected with the awakening rhythm.

The dinner is served: the guests sit around the long tables, soon becoming a single group, where common interests are discovered and advice on various excursions shared.
Masseria Calderisi
The traditional 17th-century farmhouse has been revived as a charming boutique hotel, surrounded by eight hectares of olive groves, citrus and almond trees, herb gardens and vegetable beds. Once a stately country estate, the spirit of that time can still be felt – cheerful, exuberant and proud.

Centuries-old olive trees surround the Masseria, extending over eight hectares towards the coast.

Much of the ancient Masseria was constructed from tufa stone, quarried from the grounds of the property itself. The hotel's architectural interventions blend seamlessly with these original structures, built sympathetically in traditional whitewashed stone. Historic details such as high vaulted ceilings, stone fireplaces, and alcoves embedded in the deep walls have all been carefully preserved. The interiors combine local materials with international touches, creating a welcoming, contemporary take on a Puglian Masseria.

Masseria and Puglia are the perfect "ingredients" for a family vacation.

An outsider destination in southern Italy, Puglia is a good place to stay with children. Ideally located between the Ionian Sea and the Adriatic, this little piece of unspoiled land is the perfect place to enjoy a seaside holiday, including the charm of cities now known (but not too much: great!) for their bubbling and friendly atmosphere.
Ksenia Forte
Founder of Italia Per Famiglie
With Italia Per Famiglie you can travel all over Italy.
For example, this summer we will go to Sardinia!

From July 17 to July 31. Summer camp for children from 5 to 15 years old and their parents. Accommodation in 4s and 5s hotels. Surfing and active recreation in the morning, excursions and master classes in the afternoon.

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