A golf game at the Savelletri di Fasano golf courses near Casale del Murgese

The golf courses, near our Masseria, are the perfect option for a competitive playing experience or simply to spend a day outdoors. Whether you are experienced players or beginners eager to learn this discipline, you will be surrounded by wonderful greens and breathtaking landscapes. An unforgettable experience, thanks also to the perspectives that open towards the sea.

A horseback excursion from the countryside to the sea

The horseback excursions will take you through scenic trails, enchanting countryside, and vast meadows. Every step will immerse you in the pristine nature, from the scent of the countryside to the scent of the sea. It’s a unique opportunity to connect with the animal world and the beauty of the landscape that surrounds our Masseria.

A boat trip along the coasts between Monopoli and Polignano a Mare

Boat outings along the beautiful sea of Puglia are a must-do. Whether it’s a full day or just an hour, it’s a unique experience that will allow you to discover hidden coves, remote beaches, and dreamy seascapes. You’ll be able to admire the beauty of marine life, swim in crystal-clear waters, and relax on the bow while enjoying the sun and the scent of the sea.

A bike ride among trulli and olive trees to reach the sea

For an active and nature-immersed vacation, one of the unique experiences you can enjoy is renting an e-bike, optionally accompanied by a guide, to explore breathtaking landscapes in an eco-friendly and fun way. E-bikes will allow you to cover longer distances and tackle steep climbs with ease, while enjoying the beauty of the panoramas and the fresh, clean air of the countryside and the sea.
You can venture on exciting cycling routes, explore trails, and traverse scenic natural landscapes, stroll through vineyards and olive groves, and visit charming local villages. It’s a wonderful experience immersed in the nature and traditions of our beloved Puglia. In short, you can discover enchanting places that might otherwise go unnoticed.

A tasting of local products at Casale del Murgese

Puglia is famous for its breathtaking landscapes, but also for its delicious and authentic cuisine that celebrates fresh, high-quality ingredients. Getting to know the Puglian culture is also a delightful experience through our tastings at the Masseria, where you will have the opportunity to savor a selection of local delicacies: from artisanal cheeses to extra virgin olive oils, from typical cured meats to renowned wines.

Over 200 animal species in a unique park just a 10-minute drive from us

An unmissable stop for animal lovers and adventure seekers. The Zoo Safari is one of the largest parks in Italy and offers its visitors a unique and immersive experience in the world of animals, where both children and adults can have an unforgettable day.
One of its distinctive features is the opportunity to explore the park by car. You can drive along specially designed trails in your vehicle, enjoying an unparalleled wild adventure. You will traverse areas dedicated to different habitats, such as the African savannah, the tropical forest, and the marine habitat, encountering majestic lions, elegant giraffes, powerful tigers, and many other marvelous animals.
Furthermore, inside the park, you can also visit the section dedicated to the pedestrian safari, where you can walk among secure enclosures and observe many other fascinating animals up close.

A Greek-Roman city and a museum to immerse yourself in history and art

The archaeological excavations of Egnazia are one of the historical and cultural wonders and one of the most important archaeological sites in Puglia. This ancient settlement dates back to the pre-Greek and then Roman era and offers a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the history and culture of the ancient city of Egnazia.
During your visit, you can explore the well-preserved ruins of Egnazia that bear witness to the grandeur of the ancient Roman city. You can stroll through ancient streets, admire the beautifully preserved frescoes and mosaics, and discover the remains of temples, villas, and Roman baths.
Furthermore, the excavations of Egnazia are surrounded by breathtaking natural beauty, located along the Adriatic coast, which will provide you with a panoramic view of the sea, immersed in the plain of ancient olive trees.


The white city with the most suggestive views in Puglia

15 minutes by car

Among the most popular destinations for tourists, especially in the summer period, there is Ostuni, a gem nestled in the Alto Salento, on the border with the Itria Valley of the Trulli region in Puglia.

Also known as the “White City” for its characteristic lime-washed houses, Ostuni is a place of extraordinary beauty and charm.

Located on a hill about 8 kilometers from the Adriatic coast, Ostuni offers breathtaking views of the sea: the Adriatic coast visible from the various balconies and terraces that surround it, and the surrounding countryside that envelops the city in a green carpet of ancient olive groves and oak forests. In short, a postcard of Puglia!

Not to be missed is the uniqueness of the medieval village, a labyrinth of narrow streets, staircases, and picturesque arches, with white houses overlooking the cobblestone streets, creating an enchanting atmosphere. And as you stroll through the streets of the center, you can admire the characteristic Baroque churches, small squares, and traditional balconies adorned with flowers.

Visiting Ostuni means enjoying a day of sightseeing. Among the activities to do in the white city, there are several itineraries designed to meet the needs of all tourists: walking tours to explore the historic center, including the Aragonese walls, the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, the Diocesan Museum, and reaching Piazza della Libertà, the main square where the Church of San Francesco and the Obelisk of Sant’Oronzo, the city’s patron saint, stand out; tuk-tuk tours (characteristic ape cars) to immerse yourself in the stories told by expert guides; Twizy tours (electric cars) for more adventurous routes from the city center down to the valley, discovering hidden and unspoiled paths where olive groves, oak trees, trulli, rural houses, and ancient farmhouses provide a picturesque backdrop.

In addition to its rich history, Ostuni is surrounded by unspoiled nature.

The white sandy beaches and crystal-clear waters of the Adriatic coast are easily accessible from the city, offering sea lovers the opportunity to enjoy days of relaxation and fun. Easily reachable are the seaside resorts such as Marina di Ostuni, the nature reserves of Torre Guaceto and Parco delle Dune Costiere, or the beaches of Costa Merlata, Pilone, and Torre Pozzelle.

Ostuni’s gastronomy is another not-to-be-missed feature. Puglian cuisine is famous for its simple yet tasty dishes that use fresh and high-quality ingredients. Here you can taste delicacies such as the famous orecchiette pasta, the olives of Ostuni, and the extra virgin olive oil, renowned worldwide.


The historic center, the nightlife, the sandy coves, and cliffs

10 minutes by car

Monopoli is one of the most enchanting tourist destinations in Puglia, combining a rich historical heritage with the charm of a lively seaside town. Overlooking the Adriatic Sea, it stretches along 15 km of low and jagged coastline with more than 25 sandy coves suitable for swimming. It is adorned with a characteristic historic center dating back to the medieval period, surrounded by high walls, embellished with towers like Torre Cintola and Torre San Giorgio, churches, and castles, and surrounded by farmhouses, olive trees, and almond trees.

Monopoli boasts an ancient history dating back to Roman times, and it is still possible to admire the remains of this glorious era, including the medieval walls and the majestic Castle of Charles V, overlooking the sea. The narrow streets of the historic center, with their white houses, hidden courtyards, and flowered balconies, create a romantic and evocative atmosphere. Exploring the historic center, you can admire the majestic Cathedral of Monopoli, a masterpiece of Romanesque architecture with Gothic influences.

If you take a walk through the historic center, the most intriguing, fascinating, fun, and suggestive tour is a bike ride in the outskirts of the city. By renting a bike and in groups of a maximum of 10 people, you can ride along the dirt roads of the Monopoli countryside, where it is inevitable to be enchanted by the beauty of untouched nature, with ancient olive trees, almond trees, and centuries-old carob trees. It’s a journey back in time through the various districts, discovering old and historic trulli, rock churches with frescoes dating back to the Middle Ages, underground oil mills, and historic farmhouses (some of them even educational). It’s an emotional journey that lasts 4-5 hours and will surely make you not want to leave.

Monopoli is also famous for its enchanting beaches bathed by crystal-clear waters. The hidden coves and long stretches of sand offer an oasis of relaxation and tranquility. You can enjoy a day of sunbathing, take a refreshing swim, or simply relax to the rhythm of the waves of the Adriatic Sea.

Monopoli’s gastronomy is another irresistible attraction. Local restaurants and trattorias offer a wide selection of dishes based on fresh fish, seafood, and local specialties. You won’t be able to resist the delicious recipes of Apulian cuisine, such as the famous “orecchiette with turnip greens” or the savory “rice, potatoes, and mussels.”

Polignano a Mare

The city in the blue painted blue on the cliff overlooking the Adriatic

15 minutes by car

Polignano a Mare is a jewel nestled on the Adriatic coast of Puglia, in southeastern Italy. A charming seaside resort, renowned for its breathtaking landscapes, crystal-clear waters, and rich history.

Polignano a Mare captivates visitors with its typical white houses perched on a cliff over 10 meters high above the sea, creating a postcard-perfect panorama. Its narrow cobblestone streets and characteristic alleyways lead to picturesque squares and breathtaking viewpoints.

The privileged location of Polignano a Mare offers many opportunities for sea and nature lovers. Its enchanting sandy and rocky coves are ideal for sunbathing or taking a refreshing swim in the transparent waters. Water sports enthusiasts will find paradise here, with opportunities for snorkeling, scuba diving, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, and much more. In fact, when it comes to things to do in Polignano a Mare, the main activities revolve around the sea, especially in the summer season.

From June to September, boat tours are organized daily to explore the 80 caves carved by the natural erosion of wind and water along the cliff. Among the not-to-be-missed caves are Grotta Palazzese, Grotta Azzurra, Grotta di San Lorenzo, Grotta delle Rondinelle, and Grotta del Guardiano.

The history and culture of Polignano a Mare harmoniously blend with its natural beauty. The medieval historic center still preserves its ancient walls and imposing towers. While strolling through the streets of the center, you can discover charming churches, such as the Chiesa Matrice, and admire works of art and architecture from past eras. For those interested in cultural itineraries, you can participate in events and exhibitions organized at Palazzo Pino Pascali and take guided walking or ape car tours where expert guides tell the history of the city, its churches, and the famous Abbey of San Vito, wandering through the colorful streets of the historic center with its staircases, loggias, and panoramic terraces.

Polignano a Mare is also famous for being the birthplace of the renowned singer-songwriter Domenico Modugno, author of the famous song “Volare,” honored with a bronze statue. Every year, the town celebrates his talent during the Modugno Festival, an event that attracts visitors from all over the world. Two other not-to-be-missed annual events in Polignano a Mare are the famous Red Bull Cliff Diving extreme diving competition and the Il libro possibile festival, a cultural event that attracts journalists, writers, and prestigious actors.

For food lovers, Polignano a Mare offers a wide range of culinary delights. Local restaurants serve traditional Apulian dishes accompanied by fine local wines. Cozy trattorias and elegant bistros offer an unforgettable gastronomic experience.


The picturesque village of trulli, symbol of Puglia

15 minutes by car

The magical Alberobello, a charming town known worldwide for its trulli, ancient cone-shaped stone buildings that create a unique and fascinating landscape. Alberobello is the gateway to the Valle d’Itria, the Valley of the Trulli. Nestled in lush countryside, Alberobello will enchant you with its cobbled streets and its perfectly preserved neighborhoods of trulli. These characteristic dwellings, with their cone-shaped roofs and white walls, convey a sense of mystery and charm, creating a fairytale-like scenery.

Exploring the historic center of Alberobello, you can wander through the alleyways and discover local craft shops, where you can buy unique souvenirs and handmade items. The Rione Monti is the most characteristic district of the city, also designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site for its architectural and historical uniqueness, with over a thousand trulli intersected by fifteen streets. Each trullo has a fascinating story that, when heard from the locals, becomes magical. In Alberobello, you can visit the Museo del Territorio, which tells the history and tradition of the trulli and provides a complete immersion into the local culture.

The gastronomy of Alberobello is another must-try attraction, offering a variety of dishes ranging from vegetables like artichokes and wild greens, to seafood dishes like “tiella” with rice, potatoes, and mussels, to meat dishes like roasted liver, orecchiette pasta with simple tomato sauce, mashed fava beans, fava bean soup, onion and olive focaccia. And don’t forget to accompany your meal with a glass of local wine, such as the renowned Primitivo di Manduria, known worldwide.


The white historic center and the traditional “fornelli” of meat

15 minutes by car

The picturesque village of Cisternino, located in the southeastern front of the Itria Valley, is a white Apulian village that overlooks the hills of the Trulli region. Cisternino is a hidden gem that will enchant you with its rural charm, its cobblestone alleys, and the authentic atmosphere you breathe. Surrounded by lush countryside and surrounded by centuries-old olive groves, Cisternino is famous for its characteristic historic center, which has preserved its authenticity over the centuries. Its winding alleys and small squares full of restaurants serving typical Apulian cuisine are dotted with white stone houses, blooming balconies, and picturesque staircases, creating a romantic and evocative atmosphere.

A guided walking tour through its narrow limestone alleys is a must. Organized tours lasting one hour, led by expert guides, will tell you the history of the city and its religious monuments, such as the Mother Church of San Nicola or the Church of Santa Lucia, as you stroll through the characteristic historic center adorned with white houses, stone arches, and historic buildings like the Governor’s Palace and the Bishop’s Palace or the Capece Tower. The historic center of Cisternino, typical of the villages in the Itria Valley, is also considered an example of spontaneous architecture and is included in the list of the most beautiful villages in Italy. You can also browse through traditional artisan shops, where you can purchase local products such as ceramics, textiles, and fine olive oil.

For cycling enthusiasts, as well as those who enjoy trekking, the main attraction is the “ciclovia dell’acqua” (water cycle path): a 10 km route that also runs through the neighboring municipalities of Ostuni, Locorotondo, and Ceglie Messapica, where, immersed in nature, you will come across dirt roads lined with rural houses, ancient trulli, and historic farmhouses.

The gastronomy of Cisternino is a true delight for the senses. Local restaurants will offer you an authentic culinary experience, with traditional Apulian dishes that will delight your palate. Taste the succulent grilled meats, local cheeses, and fine wines from the region while enjoying the lively atmosphere of the town squares.

Martina Franca

The baroque beauty of Taranto in a village rich in history

20 minutes by car

Martina Franca is one of the most fascinating and refined towns in the Itria Valley. It is an enchanting destination, rich in history, culture, and natural beauty, welcoming you with its unique and authentic charm.

This charming town, with its winding streets, welcoming squares, and well-preserved historic buildings, will immerse you in a magical and romantic atmosphere.

Martina Franca is one of the largest and most populous towns in the Itria Valley, famous for its baroque old town, which still retains its original beauty. The elegant palaces, monumental churches, and characteristic white houses with flowered balconies will offer you a breathtaking sight.

Art and culture enthusiasts will find in Martina Franca a true treasure, thanks to the multitude of events to attend and the grandeur of Baroque and Rococo churches and palaces. The city is known for its important Valle d’Itria Festival, a renowned music festival that attracts internationally acclaimed artists. During the festival, performances are staged in suggestive locations such as the famous Church of San Martino and the Ducal Palace. The maximum expression of these architectural beauties is admired in the historic center, where the Municipality organizes a tour to discover the Ducal Palace. Another characteristic of Martina Franca’s old town is its original stone pavement, which can still be seen in some sections.

But Martina Franca is not just about history and culture. Its surroundings are a natural wonder. The surrounding countryside is dotted with olive groves, vineyards, and trulli, creating a unique and picturesque landscape. You will be captivated by the beauty of the views and can indulge in excursions, walks, or bike rides to explore the pristine nature of the area.

In fact, one of the attractions of Martina Franca is bike tours along the untouched trails of the Itria Valley, where wineries organize wine tastings paired with local specialties. An unforgettable experience is to raise a glass of wine at sunset in front of a valley of local native vineyards. For nature and adventure lovers, there are also excursions and country routes in the Bosco delle Pianelle and panoramic hot air balloon rides lasting up to 3 hours to experience and admire the landscape of the Itria Valley from all angles.

And if you are looking for a place to relax and savor the delicious Apulian cuisine, Martina Franca will be the perfect choice. Local restaurants will delight you with culinary specialties such as orecchiette pasta, burrata cheese, olive oil, the region’s fine wines, and, above all, Capocollo, a typical cured meat seasoned with local wine and aromatic herbs from the Mediterranean scrubland.


A rural village symbolizing the beauty of Puglia

15 minutes by car

Locorotondo, a charming village on the podium of the most beautiful villages in Italy. Another pearl of Puglia that extends into the enchanting landscape of the Valle d’Itria and the Valle dei Trulli.

Locorotondo, which literally means “round place,” takes its name from the round shape of its historic center. When viewed from above, the small white stone houses with sloping roofs form concentric circles.

Immersed among hills and vineyards, it is an architectural gem famous for its characteristic trulli and its breathtaking historic center. This fascinating location, known as “the balcony of Valle d’Itria,” will enchant you with its winding white streets, white houses with domed roofs, and marvelous panoramic terraces that offer a spectacular view of the surrounding countryside.

Locorotondo is a true open-air museum, where you can stroll and admire the traditional architecture, ancient charm, and unique atmosphere.

The historic center of Locorotondo is considered one of the most beautiful in Italy.

The narrow and intricate streets, stone arches, baroque churches, and welcoming squares create a suggestive and romantic atmosphere. Getting lost in the streets of Locorotondo is an unforgettable experience that will make you feel like you are in another era.

Organized bike tours are available, upon reservation, to explore the ancient streets immersed in the valley, among masserie (traditional farmhouses), trulli, and ancient country houses. After leaving the bike behind, you can continue with a walking tour in the old village to discover the famous medieval historic center developed on top of the valley, with its narrow streets, flowered balconies, and white lime houses. And, with each step, the walk can continue by visiting the baroque Mother Church, the Church of Madonna della Greca, and the Church of the Holy Spirit, ending in front of the panoramic viewpoint where you can admire the breathtaking panorama of the Murgia dei Trulli.

Locorotondo is also famous for the production of fine wines, particularly for its renowned white wine called “Locorotondo DOC.” Wine lovers can visit local wineries, participate in guided tastings, and discover the secrets of local winemaking. In fact, among the not-to-be-missed activities are also the food and wine tours.


The ancient village, the waterfront, San Nicola, and the shopping streets

45 minutes by car

The vibrant city of Bari, located on the beautiful coast of the Puglia region, is the largest capital of the 5 Puglian provinces. The airport, the highway exit, and the port, which is also the largest port on the Adriatic, allow you to reach Bari by any means of transportation.

Bari is a fascinating destination, rich in history, culture, and Mediterranean charm, which will captivate you with its unique atmosphere. This ancient city offers a perfect blend of tradition and modernity. It stretches along 42 km of coastline and is divided into the new and old areas, as well as the historic center, with its religious and civic monuments and streets from different historical periods.

Its historic center, the old area, is known as “Bari Vecchia,” a labyrinth of medieval alleys, charming squares, and sea views. Here, you can stroll along the millennial walls and discover treasures such as the Basilica of San Nicola, an important pilgrimage site, and the Cathedral of San Sabino, with its impressive Romanesque facade.

You can also take part in daily walking tours, bike tours, and rickshaw tours to not miss the most important parts of the city. Starting from the oldest and most historic part, including the Basilica of San Nicola, the narrow alleys of the old village adorned with hanging laundry and souvenir shops, the Cathedral of San Sabino, the Swabian Castle, the Russian church, and ending in the newer, more commercial part of Corso Vittorio Emanuele, Piazza del Ferrarese, the Pinacoteca, the Murat quarter, and the Nazario Sauro waterfront.

Bari is also a lively city, with a bustling waterfront, delicious seafood restaurants, and a festive atmosphere. You can stroll along the promenade, admiring the colorful boats and breathing in the salty air of the Adriatic Sea. Its beaches invite you to relax in the sun and take a refreshing swim.

Puglian cuisine is famous worldwide, and in Bari, you can delight in local delicacies such as orecchiette pasta, Altamura bread, focaccia, and exquisite typical desserts. The streets are dotted with cozy trattorias and restaurants where you can taste authentic local specialties and fine wines.

In short, Bari is a city full of gastronomic excellence, with food and wine tours that allow you to discover local specialties such as orecchiette with turnip greens, sgagliozze (fried polenta), fried panzerotto, fava bean puree, and raw fish. During these tours, you can also witness demonstrations of artisanal pasta-making followed by tastings. These are all experiences that leave an indelible impression, thanks to the folklore and warmth of its inhabitants.

Furthermore, Bari’s strategic location allows you to explore other wonders of the region. You can visit enchanting cities like Alberobello, with its famous trulli, or Polignano a Mare, with its charming cliffs overlooking the sea. The Valle d’Itria, with its rural landscapes and vineyards, is easily accessible and offers unforgettable experiences.


The triumph of Art and Baroque

60 minutes by car

Lecce, a splendid city in the heart of the Italian region of Salento, is a place rich in history, culture, and architectural beauty. Its welcome slogan is “Lu sole, lu mare e lu ientu” (the sun, the sea, and the wind) and it is the easternmost part of Puglia, where the climate is always mild, the sea is like crystal, and the sun illuminates the architectural wonders that the area is filled with.

Lecce is the capital of the Salento peninsula and is recognized as an Italian Art City. Known as the “Florence of the South” thanks to its extraordinary Baroque architecture reflected in its palaces, churches, and squares. Lecce is a charming city characterized by cobblestone streets, picturesque courtyards, and fascinating alleys. As you stroll through its streets, you will be fascinated by the intricate details of the facades of its buildings, adorned with the famous “Lecce Baroque” style that makes this city unique.

And if you love history and culture, Lecce offers numerous must-see attractions. Its main symbol is the majestic Roman amphitheater, one of the largest in ancient Rome. You can also visit the Basilica of Santa Croce, one of the finest examples of Baroque architecture in the world, and the Cathedral of Lecce, with its magnificent facade.

There are many organized tours available in both the new and old parts, the historic area. The old city, full of spires, portals, and churches, represents the ultimate explosion of Baroque art. Upon entering the ancient Porta Napoli, it is a must to visit the Church of Santa Maria della Provvidenza, the 16th-century Palazzo Adorno, the Cathedral of Maria Santissima Assunta, the Basilica of Santa Croce, Piazza Sant’Oronzo with the column of the Patron Saint, and Piazza del Duomo. The tour continues to the Roman Amphitheater, the Castle of Charles V, the Church of San Matteo and San Carlo alle Quattro Fontane, and the Abbey of Santa Maria di Cerrate.

In the vicinity of Lecce, you will also find some of the most beautiful beaches in Europe. The crystal-clear sea and sandy beaches of Salento offer the perfect place to relax and enjoy the sun. You can also explore the rocky coast and sea caves, which are a true paradise for snorkeling and diving enthusiasts. It is a must to dive into places like Punta Prosciutto, Punta della Suina, Porto Selvaggio, and the San Cataldo Nature Reserve, where the adjacent pine forest allows for picnics and recreational activities for both children and adults. And before leaving the city, it is essential to indulge in the delicious local pasticciotto and puccia salentina. In this regard, we can assure you that the local cuisine is a true delight, with dishes based on fresh fish, orecchiette pasta, taralli, and the famous Primitivo wine.

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