Courtyard, Garden, Pool, Wireless Internet.
Burglar Alarm, Central Air Conditioning, Grill.
Air Conditioning, Balcony, Breakfast bar.
Family Room, Great Room, Guest Room, Kitchen/Dining Combo, Living Room, Living/Dining Combo, Office, Utility Room.
East, Garden View, Landscape, Marina View, North, Northwest, Open View, Panoramic, Swimming Pool View, Trees, View, West.
The Antica Masseria del Fano is composed of two separated buildings. The main one has a two-floor high tower next to a building with a double-pitched roof formerly used as a farming tool shed. The secondary building was formerly used as a stable and it is located along the perimeter of the courtyard. It is composed of five lodges with double-pitched roofs and it is lower than the main building.
The ground floor of the main building is composed of a spacious kitchen, a living room illuminated by four big arch windows and fitted with a big fireplace. A corridor separates the living area from the night area where there is a guest bathroom for the living area and two double bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms. The main bedroom has a fireplace of its own, it is roofed by a barrel vault and it is located in the most ancient building of the masseria, the tower. The hall has a walk-in closet. On the first floor of the tower there is an opening compartment currently used as a study and it is preceded by a spacious floor terrace.
The secondary building delimits the courtyard of the masseria on the seaward side and it is composed of a big oven, five free standing lodges equipped with the same furniture as the main building. They are all fitted with bathrooms, walk-in cabinets and fireplaces. The first lodge in particular, which is the nearest to the oven, is bigger than the others because it also has a private living area.
The Antica Masseria del Fano is part of the fortified masserias built in Salento during the XVI Century as shelters from the raids of the Turks. The structure, which is almost the same for all the masserias, has a ground floor composed of a compartment, roofed with a barrel arch, which has a trapdoor that used to lead to the first floor by climbing a ladder. The first floor was used as a shelter and as a food storage; some of the masseria towers, however, had a spiral staircase usually hidden in the inner corners of the walls.
During the Middle Age, a series of historical circumstances brought about some economic developments that changed the land-labour ratio, fostering the birth of the masserias in the area of Capo di Leuca. The buildings were composed of a farmstead and large pieces of land that represented the dowry of the masseria. The importance of the masseria depended on the quantity of hectares it was endowed with.
You had access to the ground floor through a door covered by an architrave and fitted with a strong wooden frame. It was roofed with a barrel vault and it was used as a kitchen, as a living room and for the cheese processing. In the ground floor vault there was a trapdoor that led to the first floor by climbing a ladder. In case of danger you climbed up to the first floor through the trapdoor and you pulled up the wooden ladder, then you closed the trapdoor to prevent enemies from coming up. From the terrace, through machicolations and slits that were on the bleachers, it was possible to defend the building by throwing stones. The masseria also had a large courtyard, which was surrounded by high and thick walls, with a lot roofed with flat tiles that functioned as shelter for the flock of sheep. In the most ancient masserias there were no stables for the cattle because the main activity was stock-rearing. The stables for the cattle are present in masserias of a later era , when the harvesting of cereals was introduced.
The masserias are farmsteads owned by the massaro, his family and some other relatives. They were self –
sufficient entities thanks to the stock-rearing and a limited cereal production.
All the staff that lived in the masseria depended on the massaro, who was responsible for the prosperity of all the activities. His wife dealt with the processing of cheese, the ricotta, and with the breeding of pultry. The central unit of the “Masseria del Fano” is a defence tower built by the will of Ferrante Gonzaga in
1577. The main façade of the tower is seaward and has three embrasures held by slotted shelves on the south, east and west sides of the tower. The shelves are decorated on the corners with small shell arches.
3 km from beaches Maldive del Salento, 17 km from Santa Maria di Leuca, 19 km from beaches Marina di Novaglie, 50 km from Otranto's historic center, 70 km from Lecce's historic center, 70 km from Lecce Station, 100 km from Brindisi International Airport.
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