La masseria

Masseria Pilano is an old Puglian farmhouse from the 17th century set in a great plain on the edge of the Murgia plateau at 1,115 feet above sea level in the heart of Terra delle Gravine regional natural park. The 580-acre holding lies in the countryside between the towns of Crispiano and Martina Franca, in Taranto province. Owned by the Palmisano brothers, the farm is home all year round to Pierpaolo Palmisano, who is always glad to welcome guests and visitors from all over the world. Masseria Pilano is a working farm, rearing Italian Friesian dairy cows, Puglian Podolica grey cows, and splendid Murgese horses. The land includes Mediterranean maquis woods (full of English oaks, turkey oaks, holm oaks, strawberry trees, heather and broom) where boars, hares, porcupines, foxes and badgers roam freely among pheasants, thrushes, woodcocks and many other bird species. The farm is a founder member of the Le Cento Masserie consortium and an integral part of the San Paolo hunting organisation. In spring 2007, Masseria Pilano also became an agritourism, offering bed & breakfast accommodation for guests in its charming old buildings converted from the typical 17th-century stables and characteristic trullo houses surrounding the farmhouse.

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