When we returned last night, after a long day and a brief stop again in Ostuni, we came upon this. Fresh figs and a bottle of homemade wine. At first I thought it was our farmer neighbor, but it was our lovely hostess, Anna. These made lovely additions to la nostra ultima cena in Cisternino.
- We learned so much in our tour yesterday of Masseria Brancati. Some of the trees were 2000 years old. This one is the oldest, planted by the Greeks before the Romans. The trees were planted 18 meters apart because of the lack of rain and the wide root system. There are 60 milion olive trees in Italy, more than one for every Italian, and these older ones have satellite tags. After our tour we had olive oil tasting led by the owner. He is the seventh generation owner, but the masseria dates to the 1500s when they had to build walls to protect themselves from raids by Saracen pirates. Here is the oldest tree: 2500 years old. Today is a long travel day, but our train doesn’t leave Bari until 1:17 pm. The scariest part will be driving out of Rome.