10 bedroom character property for sale
Italy - Apulia, Bari, Castellana Grotte
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- Dimensions 1200
- No. of rooms 25
- Bedrooms 10
- No. of accessroom 1
- Parking place
- Garden:50000 m2
- Walls conditions fairly good
- Roof conditions fairly good
Impressive fortified Masseria, having a huge size, located in the middle of a secular olive oil grove. In good static conditions, it needs restoration. Wonderful model of the typical rural, farming structure, completely built in stone in the XVII century. Five hectars of olive oil grove, almonts and various fruit trees surround the building. 10 minutes away from the Bari-Lecce motorway and just 30 minutes away from the Bari International Airport. Very good investment also to be transformed in a 5 stars hotel. It has been chosen by the Pirelli Real Estate as a model of the prestigious apulian real estate to promote the region on the SKY channel. In good static conditions, it needs restoration. Watch the videoclip at www.pugliarealestate.com
Apulia, the Italy heel, currently comprises the province of Bariums (chief town), Foggia, Brindisi, Taranto, Lecce while, only from few days, it has been instituted the Province of Barletta. The Apulia, that is the region situated more towards the east than all the Italy, is characterized for its mild climate during all the year, for the longest white shores and for its consecutive hills until the limit of the Salento area where immediately so the spectacular baroque art of the city of Lecce as the beauty of its coasts, rich in insenatures and Half-hidden landing places and difficultly accessible, stand out. The name of Puglia, derives from Apulia, name given from the ancient Romans to the territory where the Dŗuni and the Peucezi lived in (now actual provinces of Foggia and Bariums). It is divided into three parts: Apulia of the Dauni in the North, the Peucezi in the center, the Messapi in the south. Three different Puglie, with various ancient people (the first archaeological takeovers go back to the advanced palaeolithic that is of approximately 200.000 years ago), with various lands and - for certain aspects - various histories. The population of the Puglia is approximately four million inhabitants. Its surface of about 19.350 km2, places the apulian region to the seventh place, one of the largest of Italy, after the Sicily, the Piemonte and the Sardinia. In each administrative territory intensely inhabited zones alternate insufficient inhabited or quite deserted ones. The medium density of the population is remarkablly higher in province of Bariums, in the coastal centers of Taranto, Gallžpoli and Otranto and Salento. The lowest density of population is localized instead, in the Gargano, the zone of the high Murgia, in the Metaponto Tarantino and in the central area of the Salento JÚnico and the lowest one of the adriatic Salento. The climate of Apulia is relatively uniform, not turning out considerably hindered the wind motion, for the absence of high and extended mountainous formations on almost all the regional territory. It is decidedly a Mediterranean climate, that is characteristic of winter temperatures rather mild, of long summers, warm and dry. Sweet temperature winters as well as warm summers attract numerous foreign tourists in the region, especially north-European ones, attracted from opposite climatic characteristics to those of their Countries. Moreover scarce precipitations, especially in autumn and winter, and the incomparable scene of bloomed almont trees between February and March appears magic to who comes from places that are pervaded with freezing and fog-banks still for long months. Also october and september months are characterized by mild and sunny days. Snowy precipitations are scarce, but in high Murge zones, the Gargano and the Subappennino the snow covers the land for some days per year. Apulian cuisine has began to become famous with remarkable delay if compared to other Italian regions. In fact until thirty years ago who came in Puglia could have the possibility to taste its gastronomic specialties only if he had been invited to a family. Good restaurants were nearly ashamed to exhibit typical dishes because they believed that it was expression of a poor and excessive simple cooking. But they had not realized that just this was its greater merit; and that the man of today is searching for a simple and genuine food that conserve original taste without complicated manipulations that transforms but they do not improve, why cannot be improved what the nature has made perfect. Apulian people are always friendly and generous and it is not inusual that they can invite you to dinner in family after as soon as you met them.
The Puglia is surrounded by the Adriatic sea in the northeast and by the Ionian Sea in the south. The territory is quite low and mountaneous only per 1.5%, while he turns out level ground per 54% and hilly per 44%. The highest point is the Cornacchia Mount (1152 meters); the rivers are scarce, poor of water and concentrated in the northern part (the most important is the Ofanto), while, for the karst conformity of its territory, Apulia is rich in underground water. Near the Gargano there are two of the largest Italian coastal lakes, the Lesina lake and Varano one, deep few meters. Moreover small Tremiti islands are part of Apulia. Bariums is seat of local government. Taranto, Foggia, Lecce, Andria, Brindisi and Barletta follow in number of inhabitants. The population of the region is concentrated mostly in towns and large rural villages. Compared to other souther regions, in Apulia economy is more developed. Agriculture is still the primary resource and vegetables (salad, capsicum, fennel, artichoke), tobacco, wine and table grapes, olives and almonds are cultivated; also sea, shellfish and crustacean fishing is remarkable. The industry avail itself of bauxite and bentonite bodies and some of the largest Italian salt-works. Tourism has good prospects of developments, both for the artistic-historical localities and for bathing places. All the Region enjoys an enviable climate if compared to the rest of Europe, with mild winters and long and warm summers. The presence of hilly band in the south-east of the Barium province defend the territory from Sirocco winds, coming from South, and from North-west wind, coming from the Balkans, rendering the climate very pleasant. The summer is quite long and starts from the first days of May until to advanced October.
This region, populated in origin by both Illyrian and Greek people(foundation of Taranto), anciently comprised the territory of present Puglia, Apulia and Calabria. The Romans, who invaded the region during the wars against Sanniti and Pirro (sec. IV-III b.C.), founded various colonies, like Luceria (Lucera), Venusia (Venosa) and Brundisium (Brindisi). In spite of the various revolts of the local populations, the region was integrated, in the augustean reform, in II the region, called Apulia and Calabria. Economically flourishing, both for the agriculture and for the commerce, thanks especiallyl to its strategic position between the East and Rome, to which the region was connected by the Via Appia, Apulia had a great importance in roman age. With the spread of the Christianity, between the III and IV the century, in Apulia various dioceses were founded, getting dependent on Costantinopoli. In spite of the barbaric invasions of the V century, the Byzantine government was untouched and the work of heavy control from the Empire of East was not alterated. Between the VII and the IX sec the region was attacked by Longobardi, Franchi (Lucera, 802) and Saraceni that, gradually, occupied the main localities of the region, leaving to Bisanzio only the Salento (with Otranto and Gallipoli). Longobardi occupied the Gargano, Canosa and then Brindisi (633), Taranto, Bariums etc..., while Saraceni, that had begun hitting the coasts, towards half of IX the century, began to take the place of Longobardi, until almost all the region was found again unified under the same power. Only Bariums, that became emirate center, contriving among Greeks, Longobardi, Franchi, Saraceni and sometimes with the aid of Veneziani (1002), succeeded in maintaining a certain autonomy. In the IX sec., instead, with the resumption of the Empire of East, Bariums, Taranto and the other ports became again Byzantini, so the region raised again. Lecce became an important cultural and religious center, and increased traffics with the East bizantino and Muslim. But soon the cities matured, developing in independent communes, they getting organized against Bisanzio. The nobleman Melo di Bari became the head of the revolts and, thanks to the alliance with Enrico II, held Byzantinís own, from 1009 to 1016, adhering to the cities of Trani, Bitetto, Bitonto and Bari. The period of the commotions concluded after the clamorous defeat of Pope Leone IX in Civitate (1053), and with the victory of the Altavilla. Therefore Roberto the Guiscardo, in 1059, became duca of Puglia and of Calabria and, in 1071, it conquered Bariums and Brindisi realizing the territorial unification of the region. From the XI sec., the Altavilla had the acknowledgment of emperor Enrico III and Pope Leone IX. The history of the region then was confused with that of the general of Reign of Sicily and Puglia, delivered up in the 1130, and was witness of an important material and cultural progress, with the improvement of the instruction, the construction of ports, cathedral (es. Bitonto), fortresses and town-walls city building. From 1264 to 1435 (dead of Giovanna II), Apulia felt the angioin domination, enduring, as the other conquered provinces, a heavy repercussion. The main evils that plagued the country were to spread of the anarchy and a sensitive decrease of the commerce. Even if the Angioini succeeded to maintain the control of the way of Bisanzio, the commerce was monopolized to from foreign merchants little by little, and the republic of Venice, that in the XII sec. had already arrived in Puglia, became more and more active in the region whether with contracts of customs and privileges or financials. French occupation (1495), Venetian and Franco-Spanish (1501), moreover, caused strong inner conflicts in the region (the challenge of Barletta, the battle of Cerignola (1503)). Only with the peace of Cambrai or Two Ladies (1529) , French and Venetians abandoned the region during the Spanish domination it did not endure serious external attacks, but the inner conditions were aggravated, since many ports were abandoned or covered with sand, as Brindisi, some coasts reverted to marshland, agriculture retroceded and the commerce diminished considerably. The borbonic domination of XVIII the century brought some improvement finally, with the construction of roads, ports etc.., and the reforms of napoleonic period (1806-1815), in particular the abolition of the feudalism, the restructure of large estates and public lands and the various improvements in judicial field. With the fall of the Borboni Apulia was annexed to the reign of Italy (1860) and was divided into provinces of Bariums, Foggia and Lecce, corresponding to the ancient historical denominations Earth of Barium, Commanded and Earth of Otranto. Also Taranto and Brindisi were added.
Save some exceptions, moreover going on for rather short periods, at changing of masters and forms of government the life style has remained the same for centuries, keeping shadings of this earth of conquest that everyone reached in determined means of the customs, the rituals, the passions that distinguished them. The cultural patrimony derived is remarkablly rich and diversified which finds great part of its expression in archaeological discoveries and in manifestations of the official and spontaneous art. Therefore Apulia offers to the tourist several interests under the historical and artistic profile, also because the monuments and the testimonies to see often constitutes an unique experience in its kind. From the Dolmen of Bisceglie to "RomanelliĒand" Zinzulusa"caves and of Badisco Port, among the most ancient testimonies of human taking overs in the Peninsula, to amazing ammassed" trulli " like in Alberobello, now distributed in bunches or among tortuous dry-stone walls in Itria Valley, you will surely be charmed by fascination that derives from a far away and mystherious past. These constructions of ancient origin, had born from the intelligent use of a material that abounded and ready to hand: the calcareous cliffs of the region often assume the shape of layers, sometimes thin, easy divisible in slabs.
These, called "chiancarelle", are disposed "dry" constructing a quadrangular hut , then begin to jointed, streching out a little one on the other until shrinking themselves in a sharp cupola that finishes in a beautiful white pinnacle. The excavations of Egnazia, of Canes, in order to cite the most known, beside the works assembled in several museums, of which Taranto is the richest, offer an immense and suggestive sightseen of Greek and Roman antiquity. Undoubtedly the most famous monuments are cathedrals, sanctuaries and rural churches, than follow the Romanesque and the Baroque styles, of which the Lecce one is the richest and the most original, represented by innumerable palaces and churches. This originality is given mainly by the quality of Lecce stones: tender, friabile and soft. Some of the most expressive examples of this style are: the palace of the Celestini (Saint Croce) Saint Chiara, the Dome and the church of Saints NicolÚ and Cataldo, founded in the 1180 by king Tancredi. Among the most sublime Romanesque constructions that are also the most ancient in earth of Puglia, there is the basilica of Saint Nicholas di Bari. This magnificent masterpiece of architecture, austere like a fortress, fronts its tripartite facade flanked by cropped bell-towers to a public square that is desert and of an absolute whiteness. The basilica, erected at the beginning of the past millenium, is dedicated to the patron of the city whose body was carried here in 1087. In no other part of Italy moreover, probably for the karst nature of the land, there are so many examples of rupestrian churches and criptes like in Puglia, testimony of one of the most troubled past of these people. Military fortresses, castles rich in history and medieval villages, dazzling for their whiteness, are scattered on all the region, sometimes defended on the top of a hill, other times at precipice on high reefs. Castles, fortresses, farms are remained intact for the greater part and today constitute one of peculiar historical-artistic characteristics of the region. It is sufficient to consider that Apulia boast a greater number of towers and castles than churches, for realizing the capacity of the phenomenon. Among greens vineyards we find spectacular Castel del Monte,the most beautiful castle than of the chase in Europe that towers above a hill of 600 meters. Constructed by Federico II of Svevia, the monarch who passed great part of its life in Apulia, this splendid jewel of the architecture rises midway between Murgia and the sea and it is not a real castle, meant like defensive construction. Of octagonal shape, with eight towers, a magnificent portale, eight trapezoidal rooms, stand out on a high ground from which it seems to dominate all Apulia with its geometrically perfect mass. The architect is unknown, but the legend tells that Federico II himself planned the construction. However the svevian monarch made a constant use of it for convivial reunions, beatings and its erudite conversations about astronomy. A particular phenomenon that it can be observed inside the courtyard is the shadow that stands out on the walls and that it marks such coincidences that attract the interest of scientists and astronomers, giving Castel del Monte aĒmagical" and mysterious feature about the real destination of a work so rich in fascination. A vacation spent in Apulia offers various possibilities of entertainment: from relax on sunny and whitest shores to the visits to the archaeological Museums and fortified farms, from lively dancing nights on the coast East South of Bari and Salento to the discovery of oenogastronomic itineraries of the Region. An extraordinary cocktail of history, nature, good cooking and friendliness that will surprise you.