What Is a Masseria?

Masseria (fortified farm house) with trulli (conic stone roof houses)
••• Aerial view of masseria with trulli (conic stone roof houses). Getty Images/De Agostini/G. Sosio

A masseria is a fortified farmhouse or country house on a country estate found in the region of Puglia. Masseria lodging ranges from rustic to luxurious and most are set in working farms producing olive oil, wine, or produce. You'll usually find them in countryside settings, often very scenic. The masseria is typically fortified, originally against attacks by Turks or pirates, and dates from the 16th to 19th centuries.

A masseria is either bed and breakfast or self-catering and usually has a swimming pool, garden, and other amenities. Some masserie (plural of masseria) have a restaurant serving typical dishes of Puglia and a few have cooking classes for guests.

Many masserie are found near the coast between Bari and Brindisi in what's sometimes referred to as the masseria coast. This is a good location to visit beaches, the Trulli of Alberbello and other scenic towns, and the large archeological site of Egnazia. Others are located on the Salento Peninsula, a good location for beaches, seaside towns of Gallipoli and Otranto, and the Baroque city of Lecce. Take a look at our Puglia map to plan out your trip, as well as a selection of the top masseria lodging in Puglia.