PUGLIA, THE UPCOMING REGION, THE NEW TUSCANY, A PARADISE TO PROTECT WITH AN HISTORY TO NARRAT. It extends intrepidly between two seas, modeling with fantasy for its curious visitors. It is a land for true lovers of beauty, who are able to understand its imperfect beauty and who in every journey chases, as a scent in the wind, the authenticity of a place and its story. BUT AS SO OFTEN, IT IS NOT VERY EASY TO DETECT, IF YOU ARE NOT NATIVE OF THE PLACE, THE RIGHT PLACES TO STAY AND WHAT TO VISIT AND TO BE PLEASANTLY SURPRISED BY THEM.
Here there are 10 reasons to choose Masseria Potenti for your holidays
(maybe we’ll be biased, but we love with bravery what we do and where we are):
1) DOING A TIME TRAVEL
Staying in the Masseria Potenti means sleeping under a barrel vault of more than 400 years, waking up early in the morning and coming in the ancient rooms of the 1600s, the white light scented with lavender in bloom, walking barefoot on white and smooth chianche under the entrance hall: a time travel to discover the true Puglia.
I am alone, and feel the charm of existence in this spot, which was created for the bliss of souls like mine. I am so happy, my dear friend, so absorbed. London was a city that allowed him to flourish expressively without the restrictions he felt were imposed on him in Peru. During the early nineties, Testino looked to his childhood growing up in Peru and his teenage summers in Brazil for inspiration.
2) KNOWING THE REAL APULIA
My grandmother says: “In Puglia, you can die of everything, but not hungry.” Arriving in Puglia you feel enclose by infinite generosity. In the Masseria Potenti you live human for the human. It’s like getting into a family where the table is sacrum. Our farm, today like yesterday, is an oasis in the red land of Puglia, where we live surrounded by white light reflected from the tuff and where good food is the link between different generations and cultures.
3) LIVING OF SEA AND NATURE
The nature of this area around Manduria is real, hard and alive. It is surrounded by dry walls, small tuff constructions where to find shelter from the summer heat. Bare feet, dust on the knees and gold all around.
The Masseria Potenti yearn the sea for all the year, just 6 km away. A wild sea, the Ionian, with crystalline, white and sandy coast. Forced to the most out of season, pure, clear where to doze off in the sun and get lost in the wild dunes.
4) DOING A WONDERFUL CULINARY MARATHON
Cooking is giving love to the guest. This is the philosophy of Maria Grazia di Lauro the owner and soul of the masseria. Everything is home-made and nature lives into the dish: from the soft donuts to the fig tarts of the Masseria, from the orecchiette to the tomato sauce to the jams.
Every morning, Maria Grazia creates the menu based on the freshest ingredients and personally chooses fish in fisheries carefully scrutinizing the fish.
5) A LOVE WEEKEND
In this place that lives of light, all the tuff that reflects the color of the sky, it is easy to fall in love again. You will rediscover the silence, the pleasure of being in two: accomplices will be the atmosphere, the candles always light up in the hidden corners in which exchanges promises.
6) IF YOU WISH A FAMILY, HERE YOU CAN GOT IT AND SILENCE TOO
Among the muffle spaces, under the ancient star vault, you feel at home. Masseria Potenti is the ideal place to stay together. The rooms, made from the ancient 1600’s sheepfold, are large and spacious and perfect for families who often celebrate Christmas or Easter in the Masseria, meeting all their close and distant relatives. But the masseria is also perfect for those who often feel really close to the holiday, because in line with the Apulian spirit, it opens with generosity to the stranger, making it feel at home and involving it as much as possible in the life of the masseria. Large tables to share, cooking classes and swimming in the pool, will help our guests to make friends with the place and the other guests.
And it will often happen that the guest will become a friend and will have beautiful friendships among nearby table guests.
7) IF YOU WANT TO TAKE A BREAK
Time is true luxury, precluded to the most. If you want to escape from email, pc and phone, here you can do it! You will be able to feed your soul with wind and solitary sunsets on the roof, giving you only 10 minutes a day of open Wifi.
8) IF YOU BELIEVE THAT A TRAVEL IS A MEETING BETWEEN PEOPLE
AND NOT ONLY THE VISIT OF A PLACE
Journey for us means meeting people and souls. Masseria Potenti is a home where to meet a family who chases a dream. Every object tells a story, feels as human. The Masseria Potenti lives around the guests and their needs trying to fulfill their wishes, accompanying them on their journey of discovery with suggestions and advice from native people of the place and madly in love with their country of origin.
9) IF YOU BELIEVE IN THE EXCHANGE OF CULTURE, IN THE MIX OF HISTORY AND ORIGIN
All months of the year in Masseria Potenti you will find people from everywhere with the same passion for life, taste and beauty.
Exchange of cultures means richness and growth for us.
10) IF YOU BELIEVE THAT CONCEPT OF LUXURY MEANS EXCLUSIVE EXPERIENCE
Here every season has a different color. Every stay in Masseria Potenti in different period of the year can’t look like the others. You are in touch with nature and whenever you return you will enjoy the charm, always giving them a second appointment. Let you falling in love of our home, our land and our sea will be our victory.
Text and pictures of Chiara Tommasino