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Masseria Storica Pilapalucci



In the heart of the Apulian Romanesque


The ancient horse court, the keep, the tower for carrier pigeons, the high stone walls make one think of tough knights but also of a noblewoman like Maria Amalia D’Urso, the charitable and very rich lady of the “maritaggi”, who three centuries ago he secured the dowry to hundreds of poor girls.

Today this farm, which has been restored according to rigorous conservation criteria, has become a charming residence with hospitality that has not affected the specific essence of the place.


The current owner is Avv. Emilia D'Urso, coordinator of the Slow Food "Mandorla di Toritto" Presidium.

A large organic farm, dedicated to ecological management practices that respect the strict Slow Food regulations, surrounds the ancient stone structure. The interiors of the farm are characterized by stone arches and barrel vaults, apotropaic sculptures, arcane-shaped passages and cult symbols handed down for generations. Crossing the threshold leads to being immersed in an atmosphere imbued with ancient, austere and refined flavors but full of domestic warmth, taste and personality.Varcarne la soglia porta ad essere immersi in un'atmosfera impregnata di sapori antichi, austeri e raffinati ma pieni di calore domestico, di gusto e personalità.

Emilia D'Urso


Passionate about the territory, lawyer, a specialization in planning at the Faculty of Economics of Bari, specialization course in Ecology at the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences Uniba, she finds her vocation in the recovery of the family tradition centered on the management of the ancient stone farmhouse and the cultivation of almond and olive groves.

Founder and contact person of the Slow Food “Mandorla di Toritto” Presidium, she is inspired by the agricultural philosophy of Carlin Petrini by applying sustainable production processes to her lands and promoting international relations, in particular with some Asian countries, within the Terra Madre project. central, place of origin of Prunus dulcis.

You followed a passion for the genius loci, a particular emotion for the pre-Murgia area, an area of passage for cultures and civilizations. The Normans, the Swabians, the Angevins, the Aragonese, the Spaniards have over the centuries shaped an almost unique agricultural landscape where the limestone of the Murgia meets the humus of the ancient Toritto wood, one of the lost botanical wonders of Southern Italy, forming the ideal terroir for almond trees.


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