A visit to the enchanting historical, architectural and cultural sites of the Brancati masseria
The antique masseria Brancati is situated in the coastal area of Ostuni, equidistant from town and the sea. It is located in the centre of an approximate 30 hectare active farm of monumental centuries old olive trees which produce extra virgin olive oil of supreme quality.
This ancient masseria has preserved all the original features that have been left by the previous populations. It is possible to visit the masseria and, together with the masseria’s owner and specialized guides, make a magical trip back in time to discover how the local peasant culture based on olive oil production has evolved from the Romans to today.
The tour starts off at the underground olive mill, which probably dates to the Roman era. It features stone grinding stones, cisterns, fireplace and stables. The tour continues with a visit to the following sites:
In 1880 the old and unpractical underground olive mill was abandoned and the then masseria’s owner Don Domenico Rodio had a “new” building built which was used up until the 1960s.
Currently in this building the stone mills are kept which are still in perfect condition. You can also see numerous tools that are related to the local peasant culture, especially those tools that were used during the production of olive oil over the centuries.