What is a Masseria?

What is an Italian Masseria?

A “masseria” is an Italian version of a plantation, hacienda, or farm. The name masseria is used mostly in the Puglia region of Italy. From the 16th to 18th century,  masserias were the farmhouses in which workers and “pedrones” (English: master/boss) would reside while harvesting large farms. Italy has a number of farmhouses which are still on functioning farms and which are available as unique lodging accommodation. 

We stayed at a converted 16th century farmhouse in Lecce, Italy. The owners made the best meal of our vacation, with fresh ingredients from their multiple gardens!

Where to find a masseria?

Sometimes referred to as “Agriturismo” you can find many of these Italian farmhouse accommodations at agriturismo.it, a state supported website started in the 80’s in order to promote rural communities. While, in English speaking countries it is known as Farm Stay Holidays. Many of these accommodations can be found on bookings.com, VRBO, and Airbnb. Don’t be surprised to find stays ranging in prices as much as a major city, as some of these stays can be a bit pricey. For those who are looking for reasonable or often FREE accommodations, you can find accommodations on the website, https://wwoof.net/ . Which is an acronym for World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms or Willing Workers on Organic Farms. Most WWOOF farms provide free accommodation in exchange for light manual labor around the farm.

Published by Caroline

I am a full time school counselor in Brooklyn, NY and love to travel in the summer. My love of travelling started when I spent a month travelling in China in 2006. It was solidified when I studied and worked in Barcelona and Malaga, Spain. Both provided me a homebase while travelling around Europe with friends. Now living in NYC, I take any opportunity to get out of town and see some place new. I want to inspire you to travel on any budget and understand more deeply the cultures that you visit (some of which you do not need to leave your own city to experience!)

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