Masseria Pelosella

The “Masseria”

Masseria Pelosella takes its name from a special flower, the Hieracium pilosella (mouseear hawkweed) – an ancient remedy for many illnesses: you can easily find it on the walls of the lama near the farm – now grown with olive trees – a karst depression, once a collecting area for
medicinal herbs. This lama, called Lamapecora, has remained unchanged over the centuries, offering an amazing scenery: Mediterranean brush, rosemary, succulent plants and cactus come into view during an easily walking path.

Masseria Pelosella, half built into a rock settlement, was for a long time, in the past centuries, a meeting place for local residents who met there, both in summer and winter, to spend evenings in the constant climate of the caves. It was here too, where capers, growing spontaneously at the entrance of the caves, were picked up and worked. Indian figs (Opuntia ficus-indica) were picked up here too; these prickly and succulent fruits still adorn the whole building.