Since 1700 d.C.
The history of masseria
The exact birth of Masseria Yellow is a matter shrouded in mystery. What is certain is that began as a rural farm to become later in a noble villa. From his rough and rural past it wears blue color to rise to villa home for artists and nobles. The history of this ancient structure is closely linked to the Nuccio Family that came from Casarano city. The farm was in fact built by Biagio Nuccio who in 1700 decided to make a home for his bride: the noble Diaz. From this lucky marriage were born four daughters and one son: Giuseppe Nuccio.
Giuseppe was a physicist and a doctor and, fell in love with Giuseppina Vinci of Parabita, he given birth to a son,Pompeo Nuccio, on 11 January 1876. Pompeo became a lawyer, coordinator of the Italian embassies in Europe as well as legal Apulian aqueduct. It was the latter undertaking to carry him often to Rome and to attend the most important salons of the city. Thanks to these social gatherings Pompeo became a close friend of poets Carlo Alberto Salustri, known under the pseudonym of Trilussa, and Gabriele D’Annunzio both frequent guests of the farm and traveling companions of Don Pompeo who reached the home during the hot summers aboard his car. The poet knew Puglia thanks to Don Pompeo, from whose meeting it was born a beautiful love story. This association is demonstrated by an intense correspondence between the nobleman and the poet, now present in Vittoriale.
Having had the post of the railways southeast director, Don Pompeo, in 1911, he built a small railway station behind the farm, which still exists but is not in use, from which he could easily reach his farm. He was also a friend of the painter and photographer Francesco Paolo Michetti and Renato Brozzi the sculptor who created a beautiful monument depicting a nike today placed in a square dedicated to her in Casarano city. Nuccio Pompeo married the Marquise Celeste Arditi Castelvetere, who given birth to her son Pompeo Nuccio. Pompeo had five degrees and was knight of the Holy Sepulchre of the order of Amalta. It was from him that was born the last Pompeo Nuccio who,with Donna Maria, has lived in more recent years we making the farm a summer residence and meeting place for the country. In addition to being the home of artists and secular parties, the farm was political refuge in 1943 for King Vittorio Emanuele III of Savoy, and the only evidence of this event is given by a gift made by the House of Savoy to the family Nuccio and the presence in the farm of a surveillance tower used during the war. Witnesses also told the shelter of the king in the cellars of the farm.
Among his noble face and his shadow politics, Masseria Gialli also represented an important
place of prayer. Of the Byzantine era is in fact the church that is inside the farm, that on Sundays of the farmers, cheered the country with the sound of her bell and gathered around him the people in prayer.
In the church were celebrated religious services until twenty years ago, when the monks of Casarano followed Nuccio family on the farm during the summer. Consecrated around 1020 b. C. the church was probably dedicated to the Virgin Mary, testimony of that a painting by Guido Reni unfortunately stolen and never recovered.
In 1992 Masseria Gialli was purchased by Rocco Manco, farmer native of Taurisano, always been an expert in the production of oil. It was love at first sight, in fact Rocco immigrant in Switzerland since 1958, he returned to his native country,with his wife Stefania Mele, to treat the farm. The dream of Rocco and Stefania, subsequently embraced by his sons, Donato, Antonio and Marcello, was to make the farm a holiday farm , a place for everyone. Rocco, between the rough trunks of olive trees and the sweet scent of chamomile, he felt himself in heaven and it is this emotion that the family Manco want to live to its customers.
The quality and tradition have been passed down by Rocco to his sons, which are still engaged in the production of oil and organic farming.
A farm from a thousand traits that between the mystery, history, religiosity, his face noble and peasant was the witness of stories and lives that are inextricably intertwined with her.