In the Puglia region, the “masserie” were large agricultural centers for farming the land and preserving farm produces. Several buildings were used for the working of farm produce.
One building was the house for the “massaro’s” workers and was -occasionally- used by the owners as their residence.
The historical main building of the Masseria San Domenico dates back to the XIV century and was used by the Knights of Malta, whose main center in Puglia was S. Stefano, as a watch tower against Saracens’ attacks.
The Masseria San Domenico encompasses this historic main building with its ancient slits and chimneys whose architectural structures developed around the beginning of the XX century following the needs of the agricultural activities. Surrounded by 60 hectares of ancient olive trees and orchards, and keeping intact the original architectural structure, the Masseria San Domenico has been restored and converted into a refined hotel. The Masseria San Domenico has been in activity since 1996.