Masseria is a name of Celtic origin that derives from Mas (countryside) and Er (house) and indicates a rural company dedicated to sheep farming and agriculture. The farmhouses were large houses, often of white lime, and constituted the hub of community whose life was marked by the rhythms of the earth. A fertile land that gives life to the great expanses of olive trees, the delicate almond trees in bloom and the endless plantations of vegetables and vegetables that color and make the countryside unique.
Between Ugento and Santa Maria di Leuca, on a beautiful promontory of Salento, immersed in a pine forest 800 meters from the sea jonio, and precisely the splendid beach of Ugento, rises Masseria Fontanelle whose historic nucleus dates back to the fifteenth century.
The name “Fontanelle” derives from the land of relevance, a marshy area distinguished by the name of “9 Fontane”.
In 1600 the masseria, owned by the monastery of the Benedictine nuns of Ugento, under the abbess of Donna Maria Crocefissa Gaballo, Gentildonna of Ugento, became the home of local farmers and settlers.
In 1762, under the abbessato of Donna Maria Filippa Dias del Gado, the work began of dismasting and the removal of the area.
Subsequently, with the suppression of the monastery, the properties were acquired by Donna Caterina Sensio and then received by the Colosso family by succession.
Today, the anticipated restoration desired by the current owners has brought to light the extraordinary rural architecture perfectly preserved and built with stones and local materials typical of the era