The History

To know the century long history of Pettolecchia is to know the history of Puglia.
Infact the masseria's estate has played host to the many peoples who have dominated the region, and who have enjoyed its sweet climate and abundant harvest.
Firstly the Romans who from nearby Egnazia advanced and colonized the surrounding area including the plain of Pettolecchia, where they built a villa rustica, the ancestor of the modern masseria, lapped by the “Via Traiana”.
In medieval times, many other conquering peoples – Bizantine, Lombardic, Saracen, Norman, Suevic, Anjouic – left their mark on the history of Puglia and the lands of Pettolecchia, up until the Aragonese in the XVth century, under whose reign the core of the present masserial structure was built.




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