UNESCO SITES

Italy is the country that has the largest number of sites included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage.

Puglia has three of these: the Castel del Monte, the Trulli of Alberobello and theSantuario di San Michele Arcangelo.

The nearby Basilicata has one: the Sassi of Matera.

Charm of Puglia

An untouched land where magic is sovrain. If you nourish an insatiable need for discovery, innovation, beauty but at the same time relax and good food, Puglia is the right choice.

The air that you breathe in these thousand-year-old lands is unique and rare: an ancient wind full of stories. Puglia is rediscovering ancient traditions and flavors that have not been lost in time.

Being in Apulia is like stopping the time: leave your daily routine for a new essence.

How to Reach Us

TRAVEL DIRECTIONS

PLANE:

The farm MasseriaLeCerase is easily reachable from both airports of Puglia:

58 km from Bari Palese airport (BA)

a 90 km from Brindisi airport (BR)

CAR:

Bari:

SS16 Adriatica towards Brindisi
From SS 16 Adriatica output Cozze-Conversano, Conversano direction; entering the town of Conversano, then take SP101 direction Putignano; after 3.5 km turn left to the SP 37 Castellana Grotte direction; past the turning for Castiglione turn right at the second intersection and continue for another hundred meters.
Brindisi:

SS16 Adriatica towards Bari
From SS 16 output Polignano-Conversano Conversano direction; entering the town of Conversano, then take SP101 direction Putignano; after 3.5 km turn left to the SP 37 Castellana Grotte direction; past the turning for Castiglione turn right at the second intersection and continue for another hundred meters.
CAUTION:

If you are using a satellite navigation system, enter the following ordinates in the “destination”:

long 17,1344 E lat 40,9169 N

LOCATION:

Bari km 40 – 44 mm long
Brindisi km 92 – 1h 09 mm long
Castellana Grotte 6 km – 12 mm long
Alberobello km 24 – 31 mm long
Polignano a Mare km 17 – 24 mm long
Monopoli km 21 – 32 mm long
Conversano km 7 – 13 mm long
Matera km 67,7 – 1h 09mm long

FOOD

A wealth of flavors.Cuisine of Puglia is a wealth of flavors: hundreds of recipes based on products of land and sea.
The oil, vegetables and farinaceous are the main ingredients of the cuisine of Puglia.
Among the dishes of the region is to remember ‘fave e cicorie’, a puree of fave beans boiled, to which is added the wild chicory with garlic and chilli.
The most favourite food of Apuliansis is the pasta: ‘orecchiette’, ‘strascenate’, ‘mignuicchié’.
The popular tradition of Puglia is still linked to the cult of the bread and its varieties: such as the famous ‘frisedda’, a donut of flour, with a very tight hole, soaked in cold water and seasoned with salt, oil, pepper, tomato and onion.
Most of the Apulian cuisine is based on fish: bream, sole, snapper and octopus , then prepared with tasty sauces. A famous recipe is the so-called
 ‘octopus casserole’ with a sauce made up of olive oil, onion, white wine, parsley and pepper. Then the entrees raw such as squid, sea urchins, oysters and mussels.
The choice of wines is also wide: whites from Locorotondo and Martina Franca, rosés produced in Murgia, and, among the most famous reds, the Primitivo.

TERRITORY AND HISTORY

The MasseriaLeCerase is placed at the center of Puglia in the hilly south-east of Bari, called Murgia, characterized by evident phenomena of karst. In the nearby, it is the most spectacular karst of Puglia: the caves of Castellana, the most magnificent of Italy.

Historically, Puglia, among the regions of Italy, is one of the richest prehistoric finds, including dolmens and menhirs.

Towards the end of the second millennium B.C. in our area settled down ethnic groups of Peucezi, of Messapi. At the end of the Roman Empire, followed up Byzantines, Lombards and Arabs.

First, under the Normans and then under the Swabians, our territory attained a substantial material and civil progress, which peaked with Frederick II, to whom the build of the Castel del Monte is due. Still, after the Angevin and finally, after the reign of the Spanish Bourbon dynasty, in Apulia took place the historical events of united Italy.

SEA AND BEACHES

The Apulian coast is almost 800 kilometers long.
A large concentration of beaches is in the nearby of Masseria LeCerase.
At Polignano a Mare we find the beautiful sandy beaches of Cala Fetente, San Giovanni, San Vito e Torre Incina, and the white pebbles of Cala Paura and Cala Porto.
At southern Monopoly we find many sandy coves. Beautiful is the beach of Santo Stefano, where you can see the skyline of old town with picturesque steeples and houses calcined.

CASTEL DEL MONTE

Castel del Monte was built in 1240 by Frederick II of Hohenstaufen of Swabia, as an expression of the multi-faceted personality of enlightened ruler.

A perfect synthesis between science, mathematics and art, the Castle has been described as “petrification of an ideology of power, manifest of royalty”.

The number eight and the octagonal shape are characteristic elements of the castle.

Although lacking some of the elements typical of medieval military architecture, such as the moat, Castel del Monte, played an important role as a link between the defensive line and the coastal hinterland.

TRULLI DI ALBEROBELLO

The Trulli of Alberobello are an architectural example of universal value, unique witness, of a now disappeared farming population.

Alberobello was founded between the ‘400 and the ‘500 by some farmers sent by the Counts of Conversano to colonize what was then a forest of oaks. The law then in force submitted any new urban settlement to a royal permission, subject to payment of taxes. To avoid the high taxes, the Counts of Conversano forced peasants to build up only insecure houses, made up of dry stone for easy dismantling in case of a sudden inspection.

This story of precariousness has been transformed into a story of civilization: the civilization of dry stone.

SANTUARIO DI SAN MICHELE ARCANGELO

Prodigious forts , old churches and fascinating monasteries constitute the UNESCO site of the Lombards in Italy : The places of power ( 568-774 AD).

The Garganic Sanctuary of Saint Michael the Archangel, the most important place of worship at St. Michael for Lombards, is characterized by a higher section, which has a Romanesque portal and includes the bell tower, and a lower section, where are the devotional  museum and crypts.

SASSI DI MATERA

The original core of the city is the stunning Sassi district .

In the tenth century. groups of pastors began to settle and get into the soft rock rustic dwellings underground. These agglomerates became so complex as to determine the total employment of the slopes and gave birth to one of the urban structures organized the most amazing ever created in the world, an absolute masterpiece of brilliance and adaptability of humanity to survive the difficulties involved in environmentali.i.