Text: Cesare Zucca
Photos: © Cesare Zucca, Courtesy of Tenuta Moreno, Mesagne
Beautiful Puglia invites you to discover one of its gems: the little “heart shaped” Mesagne, an historical site , where you will find History, Arts, Culture, Landscapes, the kindness of the people, and the great Apulean traditional food.
Mesagne rises along the ancient Roman Appian Way and was once an important Messapian center (Messania), of which the necropolis in the historic center have been discovered. Among its streets still today you can discover the remains of ancient civilizations, testified by the presence of the necropolisi
THE HEART OF THE CITY
The historic center of Mesagne has a truly unique heart-shaped feature and hosts numerous historical monuments that well represent the Apulian Baroque style.
Let’s cross the seventeenth-century arch of Porta Grande to discover the historic city center and its architectural wonders.
The Castle with its massive tower dating back to the time, inside the Archaeological Museum houses archaeological finds with tombs, amphorae and various vases, tools, engravings and paintings, jewels and other objects that belonged to the Messapian people and other ancient civilizations, including an important Roman mosaic from the thermal baths located in the countryside of Masseria Malvindi. The seventeenth-century Chiesa Madre, Chiesa del Carmine, built in 1305, the church of Sant’Anna, in Apulian Baroque style, the Municipal Clock and the Hypogeum Oil Mil
WHERE to STAY
We take you to Tenuta Moreno, obtained from a typical 18th century farmhouse surrounded by an immense Mediterranean park. It is a large structure, 84 rooms, restaurants, rooms for events and conventions and weddings, a wonderful swimming pool, immersed in the luxuriant garden flanked by centuries-old olive trees and a second swimming pool carved into the rock, as well as a Spa built with natural materials and characterized from large windows with a panoramic view of the orange grove
Among the wide range of rituals proposed, Moreno Ritual includes a herbal bath from the Tenuta’s Garden: you can choose thyme and lavender to purify, myrtle for dry skin, basil as a powerful anti-aging, chamomile to soothe.
There is also a yogurt-based pack enriched with Goji berries, Uva Urisina and Black Grapes to give the skin of the face and body a booster of calcium, vitamins A and B, lipids and proteins, and stock up on energy and vitality. .
Treatments to combat cellulite are those with white mud (ideal alternative to algae mud in cases of thyroid dysfunction) thanks to the synergistic mix of licorice (decongestant and draining), blueberry (counteracts the stagnation of liquids), ivy (toning) and soy (anti-aging), while a multivitamin mask based on Acerola, Blueberry and Oats is excellent to nourish and energize the most stressed skins.
Tenuta Moreno was one of the first structures not only in Puglia but on a national level, to pursue an eco-sustainable philosophy also in economic and social terms, combining environment, tradition, ecology and economy.
Everything in Tenuta Moreno revolves around respect for the environment, becoming a complex ecosystem such as that of a naturalistic and landscape heritage..
The plant choices according to renewable energy – solar, wind, geothermal panels -, the equipment, the furnishings, the materials, the food and wine offer, even the vegetable garden, the subject of guided tours and itineraries: everything revolves around the ecological aspect and Here you will discover precious indigenous varieties such as the Fiaschetto tomato from Torre Guaceto, the Regina tomato from Torre Canne and the sweet chilli pepper from Carovigno, indispensable in masterfully accompanying the bean puree .. and a collection of figs with infinite varieties from all over the basin. of the Mediterranean
The estate houses a “five-star” chicken coop for ethical eggs from animals raised outdoors including the Leccese chicken, an endangered breed despite being the absolute protagonist of the decorations on the dishes of the ancient tradition of Apulian ceramics
You also will find a great gallery of contemporary arT, paintings and statues that Pierangelo loves to collect
Tenuta Mpreno is currentlly promoting the events “Unexpected Puglia” , five weekends that aime to tell the story of Alto Salento, the area close to the ancient Via Appia between Taranto and Brindisi, in the nucleus of ancient Messapia. The weekends include dinner , food and wine,
Here the program
The stove: a journey through local meats and vegetables
The cod and its brothers
Slow Food presidents take the chair
wi-fi internet connection
transfer service: from / to the airport / station
At the helm of this great vessel we find Pierangelo Argentieri, President of Federalberghi BrindisI and promoter of widespread exhibitions as well as the annual Hortus Puglia meeting in Ostuni of fruit and vegetable producers from all parts of Italy for an event that promotes public green, the garden and sustainability. For mor thann 21 years ,Pierangelo is taking care of the Tenuta,following the family traditiIion
Tenuta Moreno offers to Guests cooking classes, where you learn the techniques for making taralli and orecchiette, which will then be tasted with tomato sauce and chops or aubergines for those who prefer a vegetarian dressing.
LET’S MEET THE CHEF
The cuisine of the Tenuta is headed by Vincenzo Elia, a native of the nearby Vito dei Normanni, therefore an expert in the area’s products. Vincenzo has been collaborating with us for more than 15 years and is a staunch supporter of a philosophy based on biodiversity, environmental protection, respect for local cultures and traditions. From the very beginning he has in fact used almost exclusively local products
Faithful to the tradition and recipes of Mamma Angela, Vincenzo also offers in today’s menu some Apulian specialties, such as liver, a kind of “saltimbocca” of about 4 centimeters, stuffed with lamb offal including lung and heart, flavored with fresh parsley, roasted on the grill and served with potatoes or mixed salad.
Another typical dish Tiella, a dish from Bari, but widespread throughout Puglia. Each city has its own variation, there are those who put courgettes in it, some peppers. I love the traditional version with classic ingredients: rice, potatoes, cherry tomatoes and mussels of the moment, in this period the tasty “datterine”