Typical Salentine dwellings

Salento history

The typical Salentine residences that we deal with are mainly: Masserie, Pajare e Trulli.


Salento masserie are rural buildings that were used as farms dedicated to agriculture around the 16-17th century. These buildings are tipically built on two floor, the upper to proprietaries, while the lower one for the peasants, stables for animals and warehouses. The farms are for the most part in a state of neglect, with political actions these buildings have been converted into buildings that preserve the Salento culture. We can find them in the middle of the countryside, isolated from urban centers, and protected by a massive fence.


The pajares are particular Salento constructions, normally composed of a single environment based on the size of the building. The origins, according to historians, date back to an era around 1000 AD. The pajare were used by peasants as a resting place, as homes in case of sudden bad weather and even as summer homes in order to better control their fields and animals. The pajare differ from the trulli for their small windowless environment and particular embellishments. They have a conical shape, built by overlapping stones of different sizes.


The trulli date back to the 15th century as a consequence of the taxation on new buildings by the viceroys of the Kingdom of Naples. They were built so that they could be easily demolished simply by removing the keystone and then rebuilt. With the abolition of feudal bonds, these constructions became more and more solid, so much so that they can be admired today. The trulli are built on a solid base with concrete masonry, and a decoration on the top that encloses the keystone.

Via Madonna degli Studenti, 6
73100 – Lecce (LE)

Contact us now


Compare listings

This site is registered on wpml.org as a development site.