Guided Visits - Vacation Ostuni in Bed and Breakfast Masseria Brancati, BB, B&B

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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:
- the first dwellings dating to the XI century; the original living quarters, but also a barn and a very rare, small stable that has remained intact over the years;
- the residence of the masseria’s governor dating to the XVI and XVII centuries;
- a modern olive mill dating to the 1880s with an annexed oven, cistern and dwellings that were used for the mill workers. This structure is now the Museum dedicated to olive oil farming culture;
- a large building built in the 1940s for the storage and repair of the Balilla
cars and the first tractors. Currently in this space, where you can still see the trapdoor through which the mechanic descended to do his repairs, you can taste and purchase the exceptional olive oil produced on the farm.

The museum

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.

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