In the heart of Apulia, in the Itria Valley to the south of the Murge Plateau, Masseria Tagliente is situated in the municipality of Martina Franca and enjoys a view of the Ionian Sea and of the Pollino Mountains in the nearby region of Calabria, standing as it does at an altitude of 420 m above sea level. A working farm, it lies in an estate of about 180 hectares and is surrounded by oak woodland and Mediterranean scrub; it comprises the farmhouse, many traditional trulli, and fields for agriculture, livestock grazing and horse breeding and keeping, as Masseria Tagliente is also renowned for its splendid Murgese horses. The lovely towns of Alberobello, Cisternino and Locorotondo are less than a half an hour drive away.
Masseria Tagliente is an imposing house dating back to 1849 and it has been in the Fumarola family for generations; its history and authentic character have always been guarded and preserved, even in the course of the most recent renovations. Its architectural style is unique, elegant and refined externally, with its white walls and stone elements, as well as indoors, where much of the original furniture still remains: this is a true jewel of the Itria Valley. Behind the house is a large garden and a swimming pool, and dotted on the estate are many 18th-century trulli that continue to be used as stables and to store hay. The Fumarola family hold dear the old belief that leisure is a time spent away from ordinary occupations in a countryside villa, resting and relishing the aromas and flavours of the land of Apulia: “here time seems to have come to a standstill, and is only interrupted by sheep flocks and herds of horses moving between territories.”
Masseria Tagliente has four rooms, quite different from one another but all painted in white, which helps the family antiques and iron wrought beds really stand out, and their floors are covered with ceramic tiles that are also original; they enjoy views of the trulli, the garden or the main entrance to house. For breakfast Carlo and Simonetta offer their guests homemade products and local produce.