s.s 16 Km. 868.400
72016 Speziale di Fasano (Brindisi)
Apulia - Italy
Tel e Fax 080.4810944
www.masseriaparcodicastro.it
   
  Located on the slopes of Fasano's Murgia, in the proximity of Cisternino Pine-tree grove, the seventeenth-century whitewashed masseria Parco di Castro stands in the middle of ancient olive groves, near the old Castro homestead (destroyed in 1100), in a rocky land (caves, old and underground oil mills), where since 1987 living Nativity cribs are organised during the Christmas period. It is located 4 Km from the sea, 6 Km from the Itria Valley, and a few kilometres from the archaeological site of Egnathia.

       
  The ancient 17th century rural complex, with an inner courtyard surrounded by stables and barns, was the dwelling of the farmer and a number of peasant families. In 1996, it was carefully restored, respecting its historical value and original beauty. Whitewashed, the Masseria stands in the quiet countryside: the old stables have been transformed into 4 beautiful bedrooms, elegantly albeit simply furnished (a typical feature is represented by the ribbed vaults, the chianche flooring, and rustic furniture), to provide a warm environment along with a friendly and top-level service, whose provision is directly supervised by the owner.

It is the ideal place for those wishing to take quiet walks between the sea and the hills, or relax in the garden. However, also the needs of excursion, trekking, and mountain-bike lovers will be met (bicycles are at the disposal of guests).
The farm includes olive and fruit orchards, pastures, vegetable gardens, whose produce is available for sale.


  The restaurant, capable of catering for one-hundred people inside and outside, offers excellent local traditional countryside dishes such as home-made pasta, poultry, dairy products, vegetables and typical home-made sweets.
Food lovers can follow Apulian cuisine and Apulian wine tasting courses.
 

A meeting room and a lounge were built after the refurbishment of the old sheep pen and barn was completed. Here meetings and conferences can be organised in a rustic and warm environment, with a restaurant service providing all the best in the local food tradition.

  Gourmets will be spoilt for choice: typical Apulian cuisine is at its best at the Masseria, starting with the many entrees, accompanied by Focaccia bread, and the tasty local dairy products (nodini and ricotta), from wheat with tomato and cheese, to bell peppers, fava beans and chicory, zucchini frittata…
First courses include: fresh pasta with meat sauce, cicatielli with zucchini and tomatoes, rice and aubergines, ricotta tortelli, orecchiette with chicory and anchovies or with ricotta and rucola, peasant style cavatelli with tomato, basil and cheese, laganari Castro style…
Second courses (mainly meat-based) include: mixed lamb grill, liver, gnummarieddi (lamb offal roulades), sausage, roasted meat (Guinea hen, farmyard chicken, rabbit) with herbs, potatoes, olives, lampascioni.
Meals conclude with almond sweets and excellent home-made ricotta or jam tarts, accompanied by local liqueurs (lemon, laurel, basil). Also wines are selected among the best to be found in the Apulian tradition.