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Gioia de Colle: Masseria Ciavea

Prov. 106, Gioia-Putignano, Km 6, Phone: 3280119356

Reviewed by: PugliaGirl from USA, review #3262

When: October 2012

Wonderful authentic farm stay in Central Puglia with typical Pugliese Foods.

My husband and I stayed for six nights and cannot compliment Angelo, Marisa and Vincent enough.

We had a beautiful, authentic stone ceiling room with updated, modern bathroom. The bed was very comfortable and the room was just spotless. We stayed with halfboard and experienced delicious authentic Puglianese cooking and very plentiful.

Marissa makes her own mozzarella, ricotta and fresh herb cheese from their dairy cows. With their wood burning oven, Marissa created fantastic pizzas, foccacia, and fresh breads. She also cooks from their farm products and dinners included fresh vegetables, fruits and herbs, as well as fresh pasta. We enjoyed simple Italian breakfasts highlighted by homemade jams (plum, fig, apricot, cherry).

We so enjoyed our chats with Angelo, Marisa and Vincent each evening learning about their farm and life in Puglia. They made great efforts to communicate in English, since we speak little Italian. This is a true working farm with many cows, chickens, roosters and kittens. Each morning we woke with the rooster crowing and there was a calf born just days before our arrival.

This would be a wonderful place to visit with children. The farm has many cherry, almond, fruit and olive trees. We also had the pleasure of Angelo and Marissa sharing with us the process of curing olives from their farm. The masseria is very conveniently located with less than an hour's drive to many beautiful towns and the ocean. There are many places to make day trips to enjoy this region and return to the comforts and wonderful meals at the masseria.

We would definitely visit here again and felt like family during our stay.

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