The Masserie of Ostuni


The masserie in Apulia (Puglia) are old fortified castles in history as conceived by the sighting and defense built in the sixteenth century to repel attacks from the Adriatic Sea. Over the years evolved to become places of Masseriaing community.

The masserie were built in Ostuni near ancient caves existing in past history which were used for Masseria life by the landlord as well as the renowned "Massaro" that used for the preservation of the must to make wine as well as oil mill.

The word comes from the Masseria "mass", a large portion of land characterized by large aggregates rustic, called praedia. In medieval times the term "mass" had a meaning of estates and yet still refers to estates that are managed by Masseriaers; only later in the fifteenth century, the masserie in Apulia became a place of exploitation both agricultural and pastoral managed by Masseriaers called stewards.

A Masseria in Ostuni, Apulia

The masserie became so strategic places for agricultural production, but most of the traffic management of the cattle, some of these masserie became key places for the processing of agricultural products, including olives.

Generally consisted of a main building called Masseria a real house the Masseriaer's house, just as the Cottages of Tuscany, flanked to the masserie were developing small rural buildings, they were built using forms of trulli. used as homes for workers in agriculture, stables for the breeding of large animals and a church for the celebration of Sunday Mass some of the historical images are shown in the gallery of the 'Agriturismo Salinola Puglia.

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