The best masseria in Puglia: experience the slow southern lifestyle

You have to promise us one thing. When you go to Puglia stay in a Masseria. Masserie are traditional farmhouses often from the 16th or 17th century, that have been restored to accommodate guests. At a Masseria you will discover the real traditional southern Italian lifestyle and you will be treated like family. You experience the most beautiful things of daily life in Puglia which mainly consist of fresh homemade dinners using products from the farm: the definition of slow food. This experience is a must for your trip to Puglia. That is why we are happy to share our favourite Masserie with you.


Borgo San Marco – Fasano

At Borgo san Marco you will find a piece of history. This masseria even has frescoes on the ceiling. The masseria has a beautiful interior that respects the Apulian traditions and emphasizes its beauty. The place to go if you want to experience the real masseria lifestyle in Puglia. Borgo san Marco has 18 suites in different styles, a pool, an elegant Mediterranean garden, a citrus grove among ancient pillars, a little church with frescoes dating back to the XVIII century, a terrace where you could sip local, fresh and home-made drinks, a coffee-reading room in the ancient oil-mill with the stone oil press and a traditional restaurant with excellent, refined yet rustic food. The masseria is located between Fasano and Ostuni. The perfect place to enjoy the sea and discover popular cities.

Photo: Valentina Barabuffi

Masseria Schiuma – Capitolo

Masseria Schiuma got its name from the sea, more specifically, the foam of the sea. The Masseria has mixed modern elements with the tradition of how the Masseria once was. The farm was restored a few years ago, with its new proprietors blending their unique aesthetic with its original character. The result is a homage to craftsmanship, Danish design and collected ephemera. There are six double rooms, two of which are large enough to accommodate three people. Each room has a bath and toilet. The double beds are large and comfortable, and the bigger rooms have extra good single beds.

The Masseria can be rented for a minimum of seven days and is in that way different from a B&B or hotel. Masseria Schuima also offers yoga retreats for the perfect relaxing break. If you want to discover the north of Puglia, this masseria in Bari is the perfect place to come back to after a day of wandering and discovering.

Masseria Caretti Grande – Casalabate

Masseria Caretti Grande is a beautiful masseria in Casalabate close to Lecce. The accommodations, created from the old stables or reclaimed from the same spaces where farmers and herders used to stay, are located along the perimeter of the inner courtyard and have independent entrances and a kitchenette. This charming farmhouse combines rustic beauty with authentic hospitality, providing a serene and memorable experience. Surrounded by picturesque landscapes and olive groves, Masseria Caretti Grance offers a peaceful retreat where guests can unwind and savour the beauty of nature and tradition.

Masseria Palaci – Salve

If you want to experience the south of Puglia, Palaci is the place to be. The masseria is located in Salve in the raw and beautiful most southern part of Puglia (our favourite place). It is just a few minute’s drive away are the so-called “Maldives” beaches of Pescoluse and is surrounded by a lot of beautiful old villages. Masseria Palaci is a large luxuriously restored 17th-century fortified  Masseria. It can accommodate 12 guests and has a lot of amazing features like a 25m-long pool. Experience real luxury with a private cook, an Organic vegetable garden, a Wood-burning pizza oven, a yoga studio, a roof terrace to watch the stars and more.

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Galeta – Nardò

Galeta Masseria is located in Nardò: a beautiful place in Puglia and a must-visit if you ask us. And while you’re there, it’s not a bad idea to start and end the day at this beautiful masseria. You will fall in love with the design, the hospitality and the building itself.

“The farm has always been inhabited and the primary activity is cattle and goat breeding. We wanted to diversify this activity by reorganizing the spaces to be able to finally make hospitality a representation of authenticity, of truth: what most reflects our history and our way of subtending beauty. We intend to propose the luxury of authentic hospitality in a productive agricultural context consistent with the nature of the place; in this way we would like to reinterpret the idea of conscious and therefore sustainable tourism.”

Photo: Valentina Barabuffi

Masseria Pezza – Salice Salentino

If you haven’t noticed yet: we love raw and pure places. Masseria Pezza is just that. The exterior seems untouched and the fields surrounding the masseria are wide and empty, so you can fully enjoy the sunrise and sunset. The design is clean and simple so you can fully relax and clear your head.

“We wanted to preserve the essence of our Masseria, an eighteenth-century structure, and protect with simplicity the indissoluble bond to the surrounding area, seductive and austere at the same time. Masseria Pezza is a special place for us. Our wish for your stay is that it becomes one for you too.”

Masseria Potenti – Manduria

Masseria Potenti is a perfect place to experience the southern Italian lifestyle that we love so much. From the fig trees to the tomatoes drying in the sun and the homemade pasta: all ingredients for a perfect stay. The masseria is a family-owned estate that used to belong to the rich and powerful family of the Imperiali. In the rooms and the suits, you will find the real Apulian style that gives you a lot of inspiration.

A day at Masseria Potenti is how you would like to spend every day. Delicious breakfast and lunch with vegetables and fruit from the garden. During the moments between meals, you can enjoy the tranquillity at the masseria or take a trip to the sea. The evening starts with a delicious freshly made dinner with local products and concludes with the pizzica, a traditional dance that really makes you feel like you’ve come to the perfect place.

Lamacoppa – Ostuni

At Masseria Lamacoppa you get the best of both worlds: the quiet atmosphere of the land and the inspiring city. This beautiful place is close to the city centre of Ostuni: one of the most popular cities in Puglia. Lamacoppa is perfect for big families or a group of friends. If you have a thing with pools, this masseria is made for you. They have the most stunning large pool and we guess you will never want to get out of it. The guests can also enjoy an organic vegetable garden, a traditional pizza oven, a chef and a gym. Everything you need for the perfect relaxed stay.

“The homestead sits at the heart of 120 acres of ancient olive groves, lemon groves, and orchards. Meals are prepared with organic produce fresh from our vegetable garden and fruit trees. The property includes several shady terraces, an indigenous flower garden, and an expansive pool, which connects to a large jacuzzi. The adjacent pool house is equipped with a full kitchen, alfresco dining area, gym, hammam, changing rooms, and shower area.”

Masseria Moroseta – Ostuni

If you have been thinking about going on a trip to Puglia before, you have probably spotted Moroseta before. Moroseta is a super stylish Masseria in Ostuni with a contemporary and elegant design that is influenced by the Masserie of the past. The beautiful pool, olive grove and vegetable garden are all about the simple beauties of life. If you want to be inspired, this is the place to be.

Masseria Moroseta also organises special dinners in the farm’s courtyard garden. Chef Giorgia Eugenia Goggi creates dishes that are not only a gift for your taste buds but also a feast for the eyes. And all with local seasonal products from the region.

Photo: Salva Lopez

Masseria Marzalossa – Fasano

At Masseria Maralossa they make sure that your stay is worth it. Swimming, relaxing by the pool, a massage under the olive trees, taking a ride on a bicycle or horseback or taking cooking classes. Everything is possible. At this masseria, you can experience the Apulian lifestyle in one of the traditional rooms or you can go glamping to enjoy nature and experience luxury at the same time.

“Marzalossa is an ancient historic residence in the heart of Puglia, in Fasano, dating back to the seventeenth century and belonging to the Guarini family who lives there and still manages it today. Restored with great attention to detail, the Masseria is a unique place to relax and unwind in unspoiled nature among centuries-old olive trees and ancient stone walls.”

Masseria Francescani – Lecce

Francescani is a masseria from the sixteenth century. This historic masseria, or fortified farmhouse, exudes an old-world charm blended with modern luxury. Surrounded by lush olive groves and vineyards, it offers a serene and enchanting ambience. It is composed of nine suites and has a beautiful and simple design with a surprising element here and there. It’s their mission to take care of the wellness of their guests. With a relaxing pool, small corners for meditation and beautiful private terraces, wellness is something that comes easily.

Masseria Spina – Monopoli

Masseria Spina just takes your breath away. The farm is located in Monopoli: one of the most popular cities of Puglia. The pink walls and ancient architectural elements of this building give a special impression of the history of Puglia. If you are a history and food lover, this place is made for you. They host pasta, olive oil, wine and other food tours to experience the Apulian kitchen like a local would.

The masseria was originally built in the 16th century and has been lovingly restored and transformed into an exclusive retreat, showcasing the architectural splendor of its past alongside contemporary design elements. Set amidst sprawling olive groves, vineyards, and citrus orchards, the masseria exudes a sense of tranquility and serenity, making it an idyllic sanctuary for discerning travelers seeking a peaceful escape.

Masseria Salamina – Fasano

Masseria Salamina is a captivating retreat that radiates rustic charm and romance. The charming courtyard, adorned with twinkling lights, sets the stage for an unforgettable dining experience. Immerse yourself in the enchanting ambience as you and your loved one(s) stroll through the courtyard traditional farm. The combination of delectable food, warm hospitality, and the dreamy setting of Masseria Salamina’s courtyard will undoubtedly create cherished memories of a truly enchanting evening.

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Critabianca – Cutrofiano

Masseria Critabianca in Cutrofiano, close to Galatina, is a stunning farmhouse surrounded by picturesque olive groves and vineyards. The design of this masseria is a beautiful combination of historical classic and modern elements. The rooms are designed spacious and luxurious, providing a delightful stay. However, I’m certain you’d prefer to explore the surrounding estate. The terrace offers a breathtaking view of the estate and a stunning swimming pool. If you appreciate tranquil luxury with a minimalist yet captivating design, this is the perfect place for you.

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Masseria Le Torri – Polignano a Mare

The owners spent 9 years on the renovation of Masseria Le Torre which resulted in a beautiful restoration with many original elements. The Masseria has 5 rooms, each with their own fine facilities and beautiful design. The suites, with ample natural light, provide relaxation in the best possible way. From elegant furnishings to spacious layouts, every detail has been carefully curated to create a harmonious ambience. Immerse yourself in the charm of Masseria Le Torri and discover the charm of the south.

Masseria Narducci – Fasano

Masseria Narducci is a timeless gem in the realm of Puglian agriturismo, conveniently located between Ostuni and Fasano, just moments away from the Adriatic coast. Its iconic whitewashed stone walls, enveloped by endless olive groves, create a familiar and inviting atmosphere. Inside, the meticulously designed interiors showcase a harmonious blend of white tones and shades of green.

Masseria San Mama – Castellaneta

Located in the heart of Puglia Jonica, close to Taranto, Masseria San Mama is a historic estate named after a reclusive Saint whose image adorns the chapel alongside the Virgin Mary. Reflecting Byzantine origins and dating back to 1756, the Masseria stands amidst centuries-old olive groves and springs. The masseria has 2 apartments available: Olivia with one double bedroom and Fico d’India with 2 double bedrooms.

Photo: My Apulian Way

If you already visited a masseria and would like to try something else, read our article with the most beautiful places to stay in Puglia that are not Masserie.