Masseria Pagani is located on the Ionian coast of Salento in the Puglia region. This is an ancient area known as Nardò, inhabited since time immemorial and fought over by many peoples because of the strategic position it enjoys with its numerous outlets to the sea. The town of Nardò is famous for its Salentino Baroque, which is second only to the architectural style of the so-called capital of the Baroque, Lecce (25 km away). Amidst the many attractions of the area, Porto Selvaggio Nature Reserve is distant only 5 km, while the beaches of Gallipoli and San Mauro are only 5 minutes away in the car.
Masseria Pagani was once a fortified building, erected in the 16th century; in time it became a prestigious country house and in the early 20th century it was visited by the famous tenor Tito Schipa, an illustrious son of Lecce. The Conversano family has owned it for more than half a century now, and in the last ten years Gabriele Conversano, who is by profession a civil engineer, and his wife Simona have turned the estate into one of the most eminent farms of Nardò, one of the reference points in the Salento region. The country house has been refurbished with careful attention to detail, and it has a quiet elegance; its settings, moreover, could not be more idyllic, surrounded as it is by a pine forest, an orange grove and a large garden, where everyone can wander and experience perfect relaxation. There is also a terrace to sit and enjoy the breakfast treats and the dishes prepared with the products of the kitchen garden and the local produce typical of Puglia; besides, from June onwards, the outdoor pool is open. Masseria Pagani is an oasis of peace far from the hustle and bustle of modern life, and visitors are welcomed as house guests rather than customers; as the proprietors say: “Our passion for travelling and the desire to extend the kind of hospitality that we would wish for when travelling the world, together with our innate conviviality, have all gone into the way our house is run and open to our guests.”
Guests at Masseria Pagani have a choice of 6 rooms and 5 suites, including a junior one. The rooms were once stables and farmers’ dwellings, and enjoy generous proportions; some of them have a terrace or a portico, and also cooking facilities. Their ceilings feature ribbed or barrel vaults, and the walls are decorated with pastel colours that set off the shabby chic furniture and the wooden and wrought iron bedsteads.