Masseria Dirupo re-emerges from local history

When one approaches the local history, names, events, intertwining and explanations emerge, as from a crystallized past, which give meaning both to us and to history with a capital “h”.

Leafing through the texts and notarial deeds of a small town like Noci, one is fascinated and unravels a veil that gives unexpected explanations on why those inhabitants are different from those of another center even a few kilometers away.

These are the sensations that are released by reading the “Historical Conferences” by Pietro Gioja which he was the first to realize at the end of the 19th century.

Obviously we will not stay here to make a summary of his remarkable work, but the love for nature is a feeling that we want to communicate, which is still alive among the inhabitants of this delightful town of about 20 thousand inhabitants, among the municipalities of Alberobello, Castellana Grotte, Gioia del Colle, Mottola (TA), Putignano in the province of Bari, at an altitude between 331 and 470 meters above sea level.

The history of this center begins at the dawn of the year 1000 but it is with 1150, passing the kingdom of Naples to the Normans, that it begins to appreciate for the amenity of the place and for the richness of woods, so much so that Guglielmo aka the Malo, Prince of Taranto paid a careful visit.

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Conferenze Istoriche

« And therefore – Gioja writes in the fourth lecture – when still with us the hand of the farmer did not strip the earth of its gigantic products, when the beat of the ax did not resonate among the darkest ravines of our valleys, when and fallow deer and deer and wild boar found in those more secure coviles, then so that a call of friendship, a meeting of joy were given the woods of Noci to the highest knights of the first cities, who, composing themselves in brigades and taking on more conspicuous characters, and sometimes the sovereigns themselves, they cheerfully correate you to become intoxicated with the pleasures of hunting ».

The loss of much of its woodland heritage occurred around the mid-1800s, when cultivation needs began to arise. In 1871 the deforestation of parcels from the Bonelli wood began, in 1885 it was the turn of parcels from the Poltri wood and gradually others.

A story that can be read through the Masserie, the traces left are remarkable and a common thread unites our Masseria Dirupo with the local history.

In the 1947 census, the Dirupo farm resulted in 19.13 hectares.

The historical and environmental heritage, therefore, are remarkable, of one thing we can be sure of: the love with which we relate to this area where our roots are.