Masseria Il Frantoio and memories of another life
Masseria il Frantoio, in Ostuni, is one of the places art critic Cesare Brandi once said, “make you feel a vague longing, a nostalgia for things you experienced in another life […]: the far-away, low horizon, the vast fields without trees, the sheep, the horses…”
It is one of those extraordinary and yet simple architectures that dot Apulia’s countryside, sparking memories that have gone lost in new generations raised in highly urbanized contexts. But Il Frantoio has more than just the typical setting of Salento’s masserie, with their white, imposing volume contrasting the blue skies: it speaks to the heart of those longing to forget the city stress for a while.
Today, this rural estate – originally developed between the 16th and 19th century – is completely devoted to helping people get away from their urban lifestyle and reconnect with the past for a moment: from the sixteen rooms renovated in the ancient structure and furnished in historical style to the restaurant’s menu, inspired by traditional recipes that women prepared when men came back from the fields.
Memories of another life, in a wonderful setting of tradition.