The building belongs to the “Agnano” ancient compound and was bought by the
Santa Chiara convent of Nardò on 31st December 1453,  although local historical
data, backdates the existence of this big farmhouse to the XIV century.
The origin of the name Bernardini goes back to the name of Donato AntonioBernardini, belonging to the noble family that bought the Masseria and the entire Agnano farmhouse about 1750.
Outside the Masseria Bernardini and inside of the next Masseria
Agnano, lies a typical sighting and defence tower, a wonderful example of
which centuries of war have sadly left us little.
Masseria Bernardini functioned like masseria till 1989, with “massari” who attended
to olives grove and to production of ricotta and other cheese.
The Masseria remained dormant for more than one decade and today, after a
meticulous restoration, carried out with absolute respect for shapes, spaces and
original elements, it’s become a small  and smart Art-Resort.

If you choose Masseria Bernardini for your holidays, you can’t miss out on the Natural Park of Porto Selvaggio. It is one of the most amazing shows, probably among the most beautiful in the Mediterranean.

A large pine and “macchia mediterranea” forest, about 300 hectares, framed by the crystal clear waters of the Ionian sea, accessible after passing the woods, takes to one of the ten most beautiful beaches of Italy.

Located on the coast of Nardò, including the stretch that goes from the High Tower, in Santa Caterina, all the way to the border of Sant’Isidoro, where it ends with the Palude del Capitano.

Porto Selvaggio is also a great dive site with the sea bottom full of marine life.

The neighborhood
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Everyone who choose Salento for his travel destination has surely hear about the beauty of Lecce, known for its churches and villas of baroque’s architecture; or about Otranto, famous for its stately cathedral with the mosaic flooring, the precious crypt and the Aragonese castle.

Gallipoli, on the shores of Ionio sea, with its ancient city built on a little isle encircled by boundary wall and connected to land with a bridge; Galatina, well known for Santa Caterina’s Basilica, Romanesque church with paints of giottesque derivation.