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and unrepeatable memories in the heartland of Salento, where beauty resides.

BYCICLE TOURISM: BETWEEN MESSAPE AND VINEYARDS ON TWO WHEELS

Cycling through the wine roads in the lands of Primitivo, among the woods, the sea and the history of the Messapi, is an emotional experience that we offer our friends.

The path winds lazily through a landscape that is still quite wild, a treat for all five senses, with the embroidery of dry stone walls, the scent of the sea and land, the generous source of wine and oil for the most demanding palates.

The four itineraries all begin at the Masseria Cuturi, designed for bicyclists of all levels of experience. 

To learn more click below:

1) Love in Manduria - Historical

                                 (around 15 km 2 hours)
 

  • • Old town: The old town of Manduria features many narrow and twisting streets, where it is very easy to get lost if you are not familiar with the place. Among the main attractions of this area are the Romanesque church (better known as Chiesa Madre); the medieval Jewish ghetto; the watchtower, and several palaces built in centuries past in the classic style of Messapian architecture. Recent archeological excavations have brought to light tombs, gourds and coins from the Roman empire, as has been known to happen many times throughout the millennial history of the city.
  • The Plinian fountain: situated in a large natural cave, 18 meters in diameter and 8 in height, it is accessible by two flights of stairs (20 steps) carved into the rock. In the center of the vault is a square-shaped skylight, built of large blocks of stone commonly used in the Messapian era. Inside the cave is a pool, encircled by a round wall, with continually flowing water originating from a natural spring. This is the same underground spring that Pliny described in his work: the water has always maintained a constant level, even when Mandurians used to draw water from the fountain, because the floor of the cave lays at the same height as the aquifer, allowing the water to filter through the rock and keep the level stable. The Plinian fountain was used by Messapians as a place of worship, probably sacred to a deity of water.
  • Archeological park*: It is the biggest Messapian necropolis ever discovered (around 2,500 tombs), including the three wall circles (built with massive blocks of stone), which fortified the city during the Messapian era. 

 

Here Angela and Monica will guide you through the magical world of the Messapi, recounting the deeds of their ancient warriors and retracing the daily habits and lifestyle of the Messapian villages.

Santa Maria di Bagnolo church: this small typical church is surrounded by vineyards and olive groves, and located between Uggiano, Montefusco and Maruggio. It was built over a small hot spring, an indication of the possibility of the Templar knights’ presence in Casalnovo (now Manduria). The attached ruins are probably the remains of an 11th century Benedectine convent.

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2) Darwin by the sea (short): a ride in the countryside (kids)

                                 (around 15 km , 1,5 hours)

  • • Castles archeological area: the foundation of a peculiar building has been found not too far east from the necropolis. It presents uncommon features for Messapian buildings, for example the paving tiles found outdoors, suggesting that it once was a residential building, belonging to someone of high social standing.
  • Mount of the Devil: this particular rock formation stands isolated in the middle of a huge plain, surrounded by unspoiled Mediterranean forest. This hillock is really remarkable with its overwhelming presence that gave it its name. With its height (117m), it is the 4th highest rise in the Murge Tarantine.

Here, together with Sandro, agronomist and director of the Natural Park, you will learn about every little corner and enjoy the nature trails among the Mediterranean scrub, typical of our land.

Cuturi Woods: extending for 37,5 hectares, it is surrounded by dry stone walls. The woods are not completely homogeneous, as in the meadows several limestone rocks are found, some as much as two meters tall. Messapian tombs, wagon tracks, drinking troughs for animals, a well, and many chopped logs, highlight the ancient presence of human beings.

Alessandro, passionate about history and archeology, will guide you through the enchantment of legends, illuminating a mysterious and mystical place that each time promises new surprises and discoveries.

Downhill from Masseria Scalella: here you can enjoy one of the best and most breath-taking views of the sea when the northern winds blow. Rosamarina Woods: 2-3 meters tall local trees and holm-oak trees form these woods. Its name originates from the presence of countless rosemary plants, as well as many other shrubs found in this Mediterranean forest.

3) Tomb Raider (long): for curious people.

                                         (around 30 km, 3 hours)

  • • Castles archeological area: the foundation of a peculiar building has been found not too far east from the necropolis. It presents uncommon features for Messapian buildings, for example the paving tiles found outdoors, suggesting that it once was a residential building, belonging to someone of high social standing.
  • Mount of the Devil: this particular rock formation stands isolated in the middle of a huge plain, surrounded by unspoiled Mediterranean forest. This hillock is really remarkable with its overwhelming presence that gave it its name. With its height (117m), it is the 4th highest rise in the Murge Tarantine.
  • Alessandro, passionate about history and archeology, will guide you through the enchantment of legends, illuminating a mysterious and mystical place that each time promises new surprises and discoveries.

  • Downhill from Masseria Scalella: here you can enjoy one of the best and most breath-taking views of the sea when the northern winds blow.
  • Rosamarina Woods: 2-3 meters tall local trees and holm-oak trees form these woods. Its name originates from the presence of countless rosemary plants, as well as many other shrubs found in this Mediterranean forest.
  • Cuturi Woods: extending for 37,5 hectares, it is surrounded by dry stone walls. The woods are not completely homogeneous, as in the meadows several limestone rocks are found, some as much as two meters tall. Messapian tombs, wagon tracks, drinking troughs for animals, a well, and many chopped logs, highlight the ancient presence of human beings.
  • Here, together with Sandro, agronomist and director of the Natural Park, you will learn about every little corner and enjoy the nature trails among the Mediterranean scrub, typical of our land.

  • Greenhouse of the Angels: one of the last extensions of the Murge Tarantine with an amazing view at the WWF Observation point. 
  • San Martino Cave: located on the country road that connects Avetrana and Torre Colimena, this cave contains tracks showing human presence from the Neolithic to the Roman era.
  • Masseria Fellicchie: found in the middle of the Palude del Conte natural park, this masseria is unique for its centuries-old olive groves, among which is the famous “millenario di Puglia”, also known as the Baron tree.

 

4) Ulisse: only for explorers

                                      (around 50 km, 5 hours)

  • • Castles archeological area: the foundation of a peculiar building has been found not too far east from the necropolis. It presents uncommon features for Messapian buildings, for example the paving tiles found outdoors, suggesting that it once was a residential building, belonging to someone of high social standing.
  • Mount of the Devil: this particular rock formation stands isolated in the middle of a huge plain, surrounded by unspoiled Mediterranean forest. This hillock is really remarkable with its overwhelming presence that gave it its name. With its height (117m), it is the 4th highest rise in the Murge Tarantine.
  • Alessandro, passionate about history and archeology, will guide you through the enchantment of legends, illuminating a mysterious and mystical place that each time promises new surprises and discoveries.

  • Downhill from Masseria Scalella: here you can enjoy one of the best and most breath-taking views of the sea when the northern winds blow.
  • Rosamarina Woods: 2-3 meters tall local trees and holm-oak trees form these woods. Its name originates from the presence of countless rosemary plants, as well as many other shrubs found in this Mediterranean forest.
  • Cuturi Woods: extending for 37,5 hectares, it is surrounded by dry stone walls. The woods are not completely homogeneous, as in the meadows several limestone rocks are found, some as much as two meters tall. Messapian tombs, wagon tracks, drinking troughs for animals, a well, and many chopped logs, highlight the ancient presence of human beings.
  • Here, together with Sandro, agronomist and director of the Natural Park, you will learn about every little corner and enjoy the nature trails among the Mediterranean scrub, typical of our land.

  • Greenhouse of the Angels: one of the last extensions of the Murge Tarantine with an amazing view at the WWF Observation point. 
  • San Martino Cave: located on the country road that connects Avetrana and Torre Colimena, this cave contains tracks showing human presence from the Neolithic to the Roman era.
  • Masseria Fellicchie: found in the middle of the Palude del Conte natural park, this masseria is unique for its centuries-old olive groves, among which is the famous “millenario di Puglia”, also known as the Baron tree.
  • The Count Swamp: this natural park found in the humid zone was established in 2006, it features the Punta Prosciutto, one of the most desirable locations found on the entire coast of the municipality of Manduria. 
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  • Colimena Tower: this sunny seashore is named after a Spanish princess who was kidnapped and locked in a lonely tower. This very tower, built in the 16th century and still well-preserved, symbolizes with its majesty the pride of the small harbor, famous for its fish market and restaurants facing the sea.
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  • Salina dei Monaci natural park: this park extends for around 25 hectares, used since the Roman era for the extraction of “white gold”. It is a body of salty water, surrounded by dunes, sea and hills; here the pink flamingos have found a safe haven.

Botanical hike through the woods of Cuturi e di Rosamarina:

Cuturi Woods covers about 37.5 hectares and is surrounded by dry stone walls. It boasts ancient oak trees, large areas of Mediterranean scrub and grassy clearings. In the areas deforested by the low bush there are many varied botanical species, such as lentisk trees, fake privets, Montpellier cysts, myrtle, wild olive, etc. Rosamarina Woods is surrounded by a hedge (2-3 meters high) and many holm oaks. In the low vegetation areas there are shrubs and small trees typical of the Mediterranean scrub, such as lentisks, gorse, privets, strawberry trees, myrtle and rosemary, from which the wood is named. In both woods, at the foot of the cistus of Montpellier one finds delicious mushrooms with a slightly bitter taste known as "Mucchialùru" (amarello), highly appreciated by gourmets.


Visit to the Museum of Primitivo – Consortium of Manduria Wine Producers

Primitivo Wine Museum is housed in the Consorzio Produttori Vini, one of the oldest companies (75 years) involved in the production of Primitivo. A fascinating journey through time, with over thirty exhibits set in the ancient underground cisterns of a nineteenth-century cellar, all transformed into original dioramas depicting the life of years past.


Visiting the historical center of Manduria

Manduria is a fertile and ancient land, between the three provinces of Taranto, Lecce and Brindisi. The signs of this brave people are still found everywhere. Starting from the large necropolis and the imposing megalithic walls, which define the historical center and the fascinating "Fonte Pliniano", the noble palaces along the streets paved with black lava stone, and the Imperial Castle featuring a hundred rooms, you can wander through the labyrinth of streets within the old Jewish ghetto, and admire the large rose window of the Chiesa Madre, carved into the Romanesque façade and protected by stone lions.


Cooking session: hand made pasta

Our mothers from the past provided a precious resource for the South. And it is indeed a "mother" who will accompany you into the fragrant world of homemade pasta. With her wisdom, her experience, and the craftsmanship of her hands, you will enter the world of flour and water, of the goodness of "home", while she shares the ancient traditions that will never be forgotten. Orecchiette are a type of pasta typical of the Puglia region, shaped is like little ears, hence its name. The typical regional recipe is the one that sees them mixed with turnip tops, and in Salento it is also common to find orecchiette with tomato sauce (with or without meat stew or meatballs) and the "ricotta forte" of sheep. 


Historical dance packages for tourists and guests of the Masseria Cuturi.
Dance Holiday



Historical Dances of the Italian fifteenth century and the Renaissance

OPEN

Dance Pavane, Carole, Bassedanze, among the earliest recorded dances.

Learn about the birth of the Court Dance and the figure of the "Master of Dance".

Three days for 90 minutes each, or two days for 2 hours each: 180.00 per person (minimum number 1 person).

Group discounts possible.

 


Baroque Dance

OPEN

Minuets, Contraddanze and Allemande dance, choreographed to the music of Jean-Philippe Rameau and W.A. Mozart.

The dances will recreate the atmosphere of a French Grand Ball from the second half of the eighteenth century.

Three days for 90 minutes each, or two days for 2 hours each: 200.00 per person (minimum number 1 person).

Group discounts possible.

Nineteenth-century dances

OPEN

Waltzes, Quadrilles, Polkas, Mazurkas, and marches.

Through these dances one can learn about and appreciate an important aspect of city life in the 1800’s:

Three days for 90 minutes each, or two days for 2 hours each: 180.00 per person (for group dances: minimum 4 people. For the Waltz, the Mazurka, or for single steps: minimum number 1 person)

Group discounts possible.


Scottish Country Dances

OPEN

The only example of a codified folk dance, the Scottish Country Dance is now found throughout the world. With its steps, choreography and music, it brings joy and social interaction.

Three days for 90 minutes each, or two days of 2 hours each, or 1 day for three hours: 180.00 per person (minimum number 6 people).

 

The courses are organized by Società di Danza - Circolo Pugliese.

Lessons can also be held in English at a surcharge, which varies according to the number of participants, to be agreed upon on a case by case basis.