Long before you arrive at Masseria Cimino you are struck by the sight of ancient olive trees that resemble sculptures, twisted over hundreds of years with winds, run and the scorching sun.
Ancient Olives Trees Puglia Copyright Carla Coulson
Olive Trees Puglia Copyright Carla Coulson
These ancient olive trees have always been one of my favourite things about Puglia, a reminder of how old this land is and how deeply ingrained the olive tree is in the culture and history.
Masseria Cimino Copyright Carla Coulson
I decided to make Masseria Cimino a part of the first Caravan Travel Photography Workshop for a couple of reasons. I loved it’s exquisite make-over, not too flashy and not too rustic, somewhere in between.
And I knew it would make the perfect setting for the photographers to take interior and exterior shots and as a background to shoot food.
The sun beds copyright Carla Coulson
Masseria Cimino is an exquisite palette of white broken only by the local vegetation of cactus trees, olives and rosemary and the soft blue they have chosen for the doors, windows and furniture.
Entrance Masseria Cimino Copyright Carla Coulson
There is one original red wall and we all went mad shooting it.
And Masseria Cimino has the coolest uniforms.. beautiful Viviana in her gorgeous uniform.
The Bar Masseria Cimino Copyright Carla Coulson
The furniture in the interior of the bar has been constructed of concrete in the simple way they do in the Greek Islands and a clever interior designer has added lovely soft furnishings in white and beige. Cactus leaves hang as decoration in the main room. I learnt later on the trip this was a traditional custom, the Pugliese do this to conserve the fruit that grows on this plant so they can eat it fresh for months to come.
Details of the Cactus leaves Copyright Carla Coulson
I was a little bit excited about the cactus leaves!
Rooms Masseria Cimino Copyright Carla Coulson
Although I was teaching and didn’t have a lot of time to shoot it was such a graphic exterior to shoot I couldn’t help but grab a couple of shots on the hop.
Rooms Masseria Copyright Carla Coulson
I adore the textures of traditional stone paving, white walls dotted with blue and a grapevine for shelter. Divine colour palette..
Athalee Brown and a stone wall Masseria Cimino Copyright Carla Coulson
Workshop organiser Athalee Brown’s caftan matched the stone wall and cactus and I couldn’t resist a pic..
Dining Room Masseria Cimino Copyright Carla Coulson
Masseria Ciminio has respected many traditional ways and incorporated them into the decor, design and food. Tomatoes hang in the dining room, food is served on locally made ceramic plates with beautiful white linen and the menu is ladened with local products.
Tomatoes Hang in the dining room Masseria Cimino copyright Carla Coulson
I hoped you enjoyed a little glimpse into this beautiful space in Puglia. I loved staying here and if you are visiting Puglia you might like it too! You can check out their website here.
“There is a single thread of attitude, a single direction of flow, that joins our present time to its early burgeoning in Mediterranean civilization.” Arthur Erickson