Lecce - Lizzanello
Masseria Lilei is an ancient structure built in 1492, located in the countryside of Lizzanello, a particularly suggestive area immersed in the Salento nature, a few kilometers from Lecce. Thanks to its central location in Salento, the Masseria is an ideal starting point for discovering the beauties of this land, just 5 km from the city of Lecce, famous for its Baroque architecture, 6 km from the Acaya golf course Golf Club and only 10 km from the sea. Masseria Lilei is the perfect place to enjoy the tranquility of the Salento countryside, immersed in silence and unspoilt nature. From the terraces of the Masseria you can admire a splendid panorama, overlooking the bell tower of the Cathedral of Lecce and the nearby protected area of the Cesine. A stay in Masseria Lilei is a unique opportunity to discover the history and culture of Salento, admire the beauty of the landscape and immerse yourself in the tradition and culture of this unique land. BORGO DE LI LEI Borgo de Li Lei is a vast agricultural area located a few kilometers from the city of Lecce, in the heart of the wonderful Salento region. Characterized by the beauty of its uncontaminated nature, the territory is characterized by splendid olive groves and vineyards that extend as far as the eye can see, but also by a great variety of fruit trees, such as figs, walnuts, almonds, strawberry trees, pears, mulberries, apricots and citrus fruits. In addition to these treasures, the Borgo de Li Lei also offers a dense vegetation of oak woods and Mediterranean scrub that extends everywhere, creating a unique and suggestive atmosphere. A stay in Borgo de Li Lei is an unforgettable experience for nature and tranquility lovers. Guests will have the opportunity to walk among the olive groves and vineyards, admiring the surrounding landscape and discovering the beauty of this generous and welcoming land. Borgo de Li Lei is the ideal place for those looking for a holiday surrounded by nature, culture and tradition, where you can savor the authentic flavors of Apulian cuisine and immerse yourself in the beauty of a land that is unique in the world. FARM SINCE 1492 Masseria Lilei dates back to the end of the 15th century and benefited from successive expansions until the early 1800s. This ancient fortified farmhouse has a quadrangular tower and a series of rooms which, built in different eras, bear witness to the architectural characteristics of each period. In the past, these fortified structures were placed in strategic points of Salento to defend the territory from enemy incursions from the sea. Furthermore, they offered shelter to the inhabitants of the countryside and acted as a lookout for the historic city of Lecce, which was only a few kilometers away. The farm is located in the municipality of Lizzanello, a few kilometers away from the structure, whose village has ancient origins, dating back to the 13th century, when it was founded by refugees who fled from the sack of Lecce by Ottone IV of Saxony in 1210. The new city was called Licyanellus, which means Little Lecce, and became an important strategic center of the area. ACCOMMODATIONS Masseria Lilei welcomes guests in twelve rooms overlooking the internal courtyard, each with its own unique history and architectural style. Some rooms have the classic star vaults, others instead have pavilion ceilings, and some still have crossed arches and ceilings in wood and terracotta tiles. For those seeking more privacy and tranquillity, the Masseria also offers a farmhouse in the vineyard with two other bedrooms, which overlook the woods and surrounding olive grove. GOOD MEDITERRANEAN CUISINE Staying in Masseria Lieli means smelling the smells and flavors of Mediterranean cuisine as soon as you wake up in the morning. In fact, in the kitchen of the Masseria, already in the early morning the air is full of aromas and scents of the Salento tradition. The farm's garden supplies fresh fruit, herbs and vegetables which are used for the preparation of breakfast. Already during breakfast the basil sauce is already boiling, in preparation for lunch, while the flour and eggs are mixed to create fresh pasta, such as orecchiette and gnocchi alla sage. The thyme and rosemary are used to enhance the flavor of the meat, while the tomatoes and rocket are ready to be served in a large white ceramic. Local cheeses, such as those from Otranto, are particularly fragrant and the prickly pears are cleaned and prepared to be enjoyed. In the pantry of the Masseria, it is possible to buy local products, such as oil, wine, taralli, creams, olives, jams and honey, to bring home the flavors of the countryside and the Salento culinary tradition. A unique culinary experience, where the authentic flavors and intense aromas of Puglia blend to create an unforgettable experience.