Friday, April 9, 2010

Masseria Cimino

I need you to hurry this morning, grab your overnight bag & passport......your destination is Fiumicino Rome Airport. On arriving grab the The Leonardo Express Shuttle from the Airport to central Rome's Termini station. Then purchase a ticket to Fasano in Brindisi on the Lecce-Bari-Roma-Bologna route. When you get off at Fasano, I'll be waiting for you & just a short 5km. ride away is paradise.

Masseria Cimino is a fully restored fortified farmhouse with a tower dating back to the 18th century, built just metres from the deep blue waters of the Adriatic. It's whitewashed rustic buildings exude a casual ambience, with just the right amount of quirkiness, this is not your regular 5 star resort hotel. It's getting dark so we should move inside, past the pool terrace & into the warmth.
The concierge will take care of our bags, so let's go straight to the restaurant San Domenico. The fire is blazing & the candles are flickering their welcome. Tonight there's a hearty Zuppa alla Tarantina (fish & seafood broth) served with warm crunchy pane, then Melanzane Ripiene (baked eggplant hollowed and stuffed with its chopped pulp, tomatoes, breadcrumbs, capers, olives, anchovies), Cavatieddi con la ruca (oricchiette pasta with cooked rocket greens, tomato and pecorino), Gniumerieddi (skewers of lamb & goat with slices of salt pork, pecorino and bay leaves grilled over the coals of a wood fire) & Torta di mandorla (almond tart) served with honey & fresh ricotta.
Then we can complete the evening in the lounge area enjoying a glass of Puglia's famous desert wine Aleatico di Puglia Francesco Candido.
Then to our rooms, stylishly presented. Rough-cast walls, white furnishings, mood lighting & beds framed in metres of soft muslin.
Candles softly lighting the room with their twinkling flame. A bowl of fresh regional fruit to be enjoyed.
A fire flickering in the fireplace to warm the cool night.
The bathroom is set with travertine stone basins & rustic taps.
And linen towels, olive oil & lemons for hand cleansing.

Tiny alcoves holding small glass vases lined with fresh olive branches are a delightful feature. Sleep tight, see you in the morning.

The morning brings a refreshing & invigorating swim in the pool.
Then into the Terrace Room for a yummy breakfast.
Fruit & freshly made yoghurt, just for starters.
Then the thing I've been waiting for since arriving. A short walk next door to one of the finest golf courses in Italy - San Domenico! Measuring 6300 metres, with a par of 72, it meets all USGA standards.
Being so close to the sea, the wind sets a real challenge on the course. Together with strategic bunkering, definitive fairway shaping and clever green design, a real test of golf has been set. Oh my heart!
After an awesome day, a drink or 3 in the fantastic Club House is well deserved. See you soon!


  1. What a place...I always say if we win the lotto, off we go to a place such as this...
    Thanks for transporting me away for a bit! Mmmmmm...

  2. Oh Millie, I can't wait.
    Have my bags packed, passport in my handbag and just walking out the door.
    This place looks fabulous and thanks for sharing.

    Happy weekend, dear friend

  3. I'm on my way-please have them chill a few bottles of Prosecco and keep the fires burning. You always treat us to the very best get-aways. Happy weekend Millie. Will you be telling us about your wonderful anniversary lunch?

  4. Book me in! This looks like perfection to me right now...need an escape from reality! Tracey xx

  5. In my mind, my bags are always packed with a stunning wardrobe just waiting to go to a place like this! See you there!

  6. gosh, if I had known about this place when I went to Rome/Florence last year, I definitely would stayed. Do you think it would have been in my budget? ;)

  7. What a totally epic post, I'm just in heaven looking at these pic's. What are you doing to me Millie!!

    Seriously good post honey,

  8. I'm there. Seriously need a holiday of this type. I wonder if they have handsome tour guides called Marcello or Federico to make it complete perfection?

  9. Hi Millie,

    You sound like Phil on the Amazing Race.....haha I don't have a passport, do you think they would still let me in???? This place would certainly be memorable!!! Enjoy your weekend.
    Take care
    N.W. Coast Tassie

  10. Oh, I used to live in this are for 3 years. Brings back great memories. The people there are so nice!

  11. Oh what a stunning destination! Thank you lovely Millie for taking me away from this icky desk job for un bel momento. X

  12. I will meet you there this weekend Millie!
    What an absolutely stunning place ... I still havent unpacked my bags from my Paris trip!

    Fab-u-lous post!!


  13. Oh you cruel woman - I missed my flight and you had to show me what I was missing out on ;) Just gorgeous *sigh*

  14. Heaven and some of my favourite food, what more could a girl want. You can keep the golf but I can always wait by the pool.
    Have a lovely weekend

  15. I sincerely hope you got us a table by the plane lands in twenty minutes and I'm starved!!!!!

  16. I got my bags, I've got my reservation, spent each dine I could afford, like a child in wild anticipation.....

  17. Lovely post, you've made us all dream awhile. Just how many rooms does this place have?

  18. i am blown away.
    this place is really unbelievable.
    the images are amazing.

    i wanna go.


  19. Millie, you've swept me off my feet..what a romantic you are..Why is everyone posting about beautiful travel destinations? Torture..all our money is going into the house..and the house.. and the house..Bet you know what that's like..Rachaelxx

  20. this is absolutely AMAZING..........have missed you friend... xx

  21. Oh Mill's,
    Us Brits are desperate for some sun, and this place would fit the bill very nicely...very nicely indeed. We are going to Edinburgh for 3 days on wednesday but, I fear the weather is worse up there than here !!!! Oh well, we are apparently going to have the hottest summer EVER this year !.... I wont hold my breath ! XXXX

  22. Oh got me hook, line and sinker on this one. What a beautiful spot and in favourite of favourites. I think you should moonlight as a writer for travel have got what it takes!!
    I am pushing the forward/send button right now!

    All the best...


  23. Unbelievable! This is so gorgeous. And I love the creative way you wrote it, by the way! Count me in!! Marija


And none will hear the postman's knock
Without a quickening of the heart.
For who can bear to feel himself forgotten?
~W.H. Auden

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