In the heart of Salento, between Lecce and Otranto , along the route of the Via Traiana, lies Masseria Saittole, dating from the eighteenth century. The farm has been beautifully renovated and furnished, ideal for a holiday in Terra d'Otranto.
The farm's charming rooms have been beautifully restored, furnished in a rustic style and fitted with all the modern comforts. The farm is surrounded by olive groves, dry stone walls and old barns, making this the perfect place to relax and rejuvenate.
"Apulia is one of the richest archaeological regions in Italy."
".......the Florence of the south"
"Salento is the pearl of Apuglia"
Olive groves and olive oil
Fifteen acres of fruit trees encompassed the surrounding hills of Masseria Saittole, comprising of more than 2500 olive trees. Featuring hundreds of ancient olive trees. The farm produces extra virgin olive oil with a passion striving to achieve the highest standards of quality in every bottle.
The olive oil groves can be visited for a nature walk or to purchase some of the finest and most pure extra virgin olive oil Italy has to offer. A selection of Italian wines and typical products made from the local produce are also available to purchase. Discounts are available for guests.
Masseria Saittole is conveniently located in the heart of Salento, a few kilometers from Martano. The nearest beaches are only 10 minutes by car, Otranto can be reached in 15 minutes, Lecce in 20 minutes.
The excellent location allows our guests to spend the day at the beach soaking up the sun, and spectacular panoramic views of the beach and the surrounding coastline. Guest may then retreat back to the B&B to enjoy the countryside and the tranquil ambience of nature.
The word "Masserie" is used to describe the widespread fortified farms in Puglia, from the Latin "massae", it is a large estate of historical farm buildings, equipped with powerful defensive walls with towers or with a large traditional courtyard.
After careful renovation the original buildings including a stunning eighteenth-century farmhouse has been restored to its original splendour.
Upon arrival, the guest is accompanied by a road bordered by eighteenth-century stone walls to the entrance of the farm with its well preserved walls and the large courtyard.
As you walk through the property step back in time as you discover the original agricultural crops specific to the Puglia region, watch the honey production, take a walk amongst the hundreds of olive trees that stand as guardians of a forgotten past.
Through the farm’s paths you can reach three historical furnieddhi (similar to Trulli). Furnieddhi date back to 1000 AD, today they represent the ancient landscape of Salento, and are protected and valued by many historical institutions.
The farm’s charming rooms have been beautifully restored, furnished in a rustic style and fitted with all the modern comforts.
Each morning a delicious breakfast is served, starting with a rich Italian cappuccino, a tasty Pasticciotto Leccese, and other locally made scrumptious pastries, fresh European style yogurt and organically grown seasonal fruit picked right from the farm, a truly mouth-watering feast to start your day.
We can also provide guests with a breakfast to suit specific dietary requirements.
*A Pasticciotto is a pastry typical of Salento. The Pasticciotto consist of a rich creamy custard encased in feathery light pastry then baked in a traditional Italian oven. Born in 1745, it is still made with locally sourced raw produce and its production still remains solely a family tradition to the people of the local region.
Once you arrive at the Masseria have the opportunity to spend days relaxing in the garden or by the pool. Or starting from the farm you can visit the main towns in Salento .
Itineraries in Salento
-Art and History: Lecce, the capital of Baroque, Otranto and the medieval town, the Castle of Corigliano d'Otranto and its Baroque façade, the Romanesque Basilica of St. Catherine of Alessandria in Galatina.
-Grecia Salentina : the Augustinian Monastery in Melpignano , the historic center of Martano.
-Sea and beaches:
Adriatic coast: Sant'Andrea, Torre dell'Orso , Bay of the Turks at Otranto, Alimini Lakes .
Ionic coast: Gallipoli , Torre Mozza, Torre Pali.
Santa Maria di Leuca.
Nature and Caves: Cave of Zinzulusa , Grotta Romanelli, natural oasis of Cesine, Uluzzo Bay.
-Wine and Food: Feasts and festivals throughout the year