The Fortress

The edifice is composed of a substantial solid tower and four imposing corner ramparts.
The fortress is also armed with a series of defensive features: a high boundary wall, embrasures and arrow slits from which boiling oil could be poured on attackers, covered walkways and sentry posts for the guards on watch, who were ever ready to raise the alarm by bell or smoke signal.




In one of the most beautiful and sun-drenched regions of the Italian  Mediterranean, in the land of olive groves,castles and Romanesque cathedrals, in the Puglia of  Alberobello's trulli,of Lecce's Baroque churches, of Castel del Monte's eight superb towers, of coasts lapped by the emerald waters of  Salento, stands Pettolecchia, the jewel of the region's fortified masserias.

The masseria is situated half way between Bari and Brindisi, along the coastal road which connects Savelletri to Torre Canne, two pleasant seaside locations in the Fasano area. At less than two kilometres from  Savelletri, with the sea on the left, turn into the little road that leads into the enchanted kingdom that is the countryside of Pettolecchia