The monumental complex of the fortified Masseria Spina (XI-XVIII), wrapped in a unique and rare atmosphere, offers its visitors the opportunity to experience the sights, colors, flavors and traditions of our region. The guided tour offers a visit to the Masseria covering a period from the Middle Ages to the present day.
The first settlements of Masseria Spina are among the most important examples of rupestrian civilization, developed between roughly the ninth and twelfth centuries in Puglia. The rocky settlements stood near watercourses of torrential origin, called "lame" or "mene", and were generally made up of an organic complex of caves each used for a particular purpose (homes, workplaces, churches). traces of ancient foundations dating from the early medieval period and a small cemetery are visible, tangible sign of the presence, around the XII sec., of a fairly large community.
Subsequently, between the fifteenth and sixteenth century, around the Minor Church, two towers used for agricultural activities were built by the local people thus assuming the appearance of a village, in which there were about a hundred homes. The monumental complex was completed by the Immaculate Conception Church in the eighteenth century.
Masseria Spina Resort is one of the oldest Apulian historic residences, backed by a long and fascinating history, which began in the sixteenth century. Every detail of the resort binds nature, history and tradition harmoniously.
The numerous dynasties stories are intertwined with that of the Masseria. Back in 1500, the first owner, Francisco de Chiantera, bequeathed to his son Vito "ninety works in three bodies" located in what was then called San Basilio.
In 1587 he took the name of "Spina", after his marriage to Lucrezia Spina, who brought as a dowry "the plot with caves, olive presses and more". Again for marriage the Masseria passed to Ammazzalorsa family that owned the house until 1760, when it was sold to Vito Giuseppe Martinelli, Knight of Malta and Salerno noble, wealthy merchant and oil and silk manufacturer. Starting from 1890 as a result of a wedding, Masseria Spina became the property of the old Meo-Evoli family who, in the late '70s, made the Masseria Spina one of the first agritourism activities of Puglia. Nori Meo-Evoli, who currently lives at Masseria Spina with his sons, Marco and Sara D'Errico, dedicates all his energies to the care of the architectural complex. Using his professional skills as a restorer of cultural assets, he continues to value this extraordinary monumental complex, rich in history and surrounded by a unique panorama of its kind.