Masseria Borgo San Marco, guarded by beauty
Masseria Borgo San Marco, between Fasano and Ostuni in Apulia, is an ancient fortress that today is guarded only by olive trees, carob trees… and natural beauty.
In the 12th century the structured housed a group of Byzantine monks; two hundred years later it was taken over by the Knights Hospitaller, who made it a garrison against the constant threat of a Turk attack.
Its military role finally subsided towards the end of the 17th century, in 1678, after a memorable battle between the people of Fasano and the Ottomans, who had reached the nearby shores from the Adriatic with the goal of pillaging the town. Despite being ambushed, the locals were victorious, and since then the structure slowly turned into a quiet manor farm (‘masseria” in Italian).
Today Turks and troops are long gone, and you can fully enjoy the relaxing shade of the property’s ancient trees – including 13,000 olive trees –, caressed by a pleasant northwest wind.
If you wish to stay in Borgo San Marco – located in one of the most charming areas of Apulia, on the border between Salento and Terra di Bari – you can choose among fourteen suites and two residences, just a stone’s throw from the sea.
And let beauty be your only, invincible defense.