We have stayed at many agriturismos throughout Europe and this is by far our favorite. I did a lot of research prior to selecting this place and it seems Puglia takes their agriturismos to a higher level (call them Masserias for one thing). This masseria did not disappoint. The grounds were exquisite and the pool was amazing. We regret not trying any of the lunches offered but did eat dinner on the night it was offered. I can't even describe how good the food was. You are further from some of the towns but it really is not a terrible drive to some very good restaurants.
Honestly your search can stop here. You will not be disappointed. The one quirk of this place was the egg situation in the morning. A few eggs were typically displayed in a basket in the breakfast room. It wasn’t clear if they were decoration, hard-boiled, or just a subtle indication that eggs were available. I don’t think it was ever made explicit but we came away thinking that these eggs, like most of the other food, were products of the Masseria. And while they seem to have a lot of chickens, maybe they go through occasional droughts, and eggs are used in a lot of derivative foods so in any case they are a limited resource.
An unexplained basket of eggs… what results is a depressing allegory. People innocently adopt the decoration interpretation until a soul who has tasted the apple (saw someone with an egg the day prior) makes his request. The run on the basket begins. Cultural differences manifest. Belgians and Germans queue up. The clueless American arrives and to everyone’s horror orders two, sunny-side up. The staff cannot believe this display of gluttony and protest, “Signore, due?!”
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Masseria Montenapoleone is located in Puglia, in southern Italy somewhere between magic and forgotten. The region is rich in history and culture, yet has remained remarkably untouched by mass tourism, and therefore retains a charm seldom found in these well-travelled parts of Europe. The Masseria, was refurbished and renovated not to stand out, but rather to be part of the nature around it. Some of the rooms are even original caves and dwellings of the first settlers in the area hundreds of years ago. Each room, corner and secret area has been redesigned or embellished to encompass the natural beauty, which it already possesses. When you open the door of one of the suites, you are carried away to a world of serenity and unique rustic beauty. Each suite has been designed differently with revived artifacts, which are both a journey into imagination, and a memory of a time gone. An endemic nostalgia transports you to a time that you now belong to, all the while surrounded by all the modern amenities you need. Be nature's guest. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Masseria Montenapoleone Pezze Di Greco, Italy - Puglia