L ‘ancient Masseria/farm “Li Grazioli” (XVII century) is located along the edge of the road from Maruggio (Taranto) which leads to Lecce. It is 2 km from the Ionian sea and from the land (former headquarters of the Knights Templar and the Knights of Malta). The Masseria originally belonged to the noble family Covelli, present in Maruggio since the early 1600s (Joseph Covelli, from 1678 conductor of grancie the Commandery of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta).
The land surrounding the farm (olive grove irrigation and arable land) measures about 10 hectares. Part of this area, which is the highest point (61 meters) which overlooks the front of coastline, consists of Mediterranean vegetation and other plant species (unique in the world), which seem to be assigned to the Greek era ‘use of the site. To this could be, among others, used in the botanical and archaeological park, to trace an interesting cultural and rural path.
The farm building (of great historical and artistic value) measuring 1,200 square meters. Originally released with vaulted arches structures (which today would be impossible to build) has been completely restored and turned to an accommodation establishment. Some of it consists of 4 rooms (dining room, bedroom, separate bathroom), whose area is about 50 square meters each. The other part of the building is intended for local dining and parties, but could be used to derive other 3 units. The two parts are enclosed in a large courtyard (threshing floor) of 500 square meters. Next to the building there is a large terraced area with free view in the green (three and a half hectares) destined to pine grove, parking lots and sports entertainment and leisure activities.
Many articles speak about this historically very important Masseria.
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