Puglia is a journey, an experience that awakens wonder because few others are the land where beauty moves in procession with religious feasts of saints and madonnas.
In Puglia, masserias are like maidens in white dresses, singing songs of love for the Sun. The historical centers in Fasano and surrounding areas are like sugar nuggets filled with the sweetness of Barocco.
Come to a place where colors are like ingredients to create with, like a good bread where the sunshine is the leavening that makes everything build, grow and glow.
Come to a place where monumental olive trees endured centuries as inspiration to kings and popes.
Come to a place where the sky is defied by the bold Romanesque-Puglian cathedrals, instead where deep in the limestone the darkness calls out thousands of brilliant, ancient frescoes of the extraordinary Medieval stone.
Puglia carries the magic of the stone, the wind, the sea, and the salt in the air.
These are the invisible roads to seek out, to smell, because following these paths the magic, the surprise, the awe, will take form, becoming substance for the eyes and poetry to the rest of the senses.
Situated between Fasano and Ostuni, in a forest of ancient olive trees which in and of themselves already make the trip worthwhile, Borgo San Marco is a masseria in Puglia near the sea, authentic, fascinating and rich in culture, at the end of a dusty road that slithers like a snake on the ‘chianca’ stones and red earth, like the countless sunrises that so quickly light up the Adriatic.
All around the stone walls which, inevitably, take you back to one of the most well-known passages of Tommaso Fiore:
“… This is the rockiest and harshest Murgia; to reduce it to cultivation by making terraces (…) took no less laboriousness than a colony of ants…”
An authentic journey amidst ancient olive trees, stone settlements and ancient frescos.
If you don’t feel like leaving the Masseria, a walk around the nearby grounds can finish out with a visit to the stone church, where you’ll find gorgeous, original frescoes of major historic importance.
The restoration was financed by the owner Dr. Alessandro Amati, carried out by Nori Meo-Evoli and duly authorized by the Puglian Authority for historical, artistic and ethno-anthropological heritage (prot. n. 3016, May 18 2010).
For decades, perhaps centuries, images of saints and medieval scripts had been buried under a layer of plaster and whitewash.
After the restoration, the frescoes returned to splendor and enrich the historical cultural heritage of Fasano and the tourist attractions in Puglia.
Masseria Borgo San Marco.
Puglia, Fasano – Brindisi – Salento.