Majesty and Reverence at Masseria Salamina
Perpetually illuminated by warm, golden-hour light, Masseria Salamina is a 17th-century country estate in Fasano that has been converted into a rustic hotel and restaurant. Family-run for over 30 years, Masseria Salamina’s high standards of hospitality contribute to an elevated experience for those seeking to immerse themselves in the decelerated delights of agricultural tourism.
As explained by the Masseria’s current owner Filippo de Miccolis Angelini, the original landowner in the 17th century had to fortify his estate against invasion from Mediterranean pirates. The stone walls around the grounds enclosed the agricultural activity and protected its prized olive trees, which produced oil that was at the time very costly. Subsequently, the place fell nearly into ruin, only to be restored thirty years ago by the family Miccolis de Angelini into one of the most luxurious destinations for agritourism in Puglia.
Address: Masseria Salamina, 72010, Pezze di Greco, Fasano (BR)
In the 1980s, when Puglia was not as visited as is today, Filippo’s parents went to great lengths to turn the farmhouse into a destination. Undoubtedly they were trendsetters, who gave dignity back to the land. Their efforts were noticed by a journalist at the New York Times: the hotel appeared in a positive review on Puglia in 1993. Impressed with an incredible lunch, the journalist regretted she had not spent the entirety of her trip at the hotel. Masseria Salamina, she decided, “would be the first place we’d return to next time.”
Because the family has been running the business for years, they have been able to refine their development plans. With views over the surrounding olive groves, farmland and a couple of stately palm trees, the atmosphere, now as it was then, is peaceful and remote. The restaurant serves authentic regional cuisine, and its comfortable rooms are modern and elegant. There is even a pool. In terms of agricultural production, the farm currently produces not only bottled extra-virgin olive oil, but also natural cosmetics, wheat, flour, legumes, tomato sauce and jam. Their soaps and creams, jams and preserves and olive oil in colourful packaging can be purchased on their website.
Filippo studied and practiced law, and his sister Chiara studied economics and had a graphic design firm. But together they were lured back to the Puglia countryside where they grew up. They left their respective professions to devote themselves to the Masseria along with their family members. Their primary focus today? Taking care of the hospitality side of their business, which includes wine tastings, oil tastings and cooking workshops with their guests. “Even if you work a lot,” says Filippo, “the human contact is different in Puglia. You can exchange with people and mix all sorts of different cultures and traditions, and that’s what makes it beautiful.”
That explains why so many of its guests feel at home at Masseria Salamina. A true family-run business, the lifestyle is enjoyable for adults and children of all ages. The family’s dedication to sustainable practices goes hand in hand with the service they provide to their guests, genuinely caring for their wellbeing and respecting their surroundings.
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