Abandoned stone giants
While travelling along the Salento coast you can’t help seeing a lot of masserie, one after the other, testifying the properties of old landowners who fell into disgrace.
A careful observer will be striken by one of these abandoned stone giants, that stands alone on the top of a short hill. He gets closer to find what once was the entrance, a gate of rusty iron that leads into the courtyard.
He makes his way through the thick vegetation and the heaps of stones, ruins of the old walls. He listens to the echo of his own footsteps that sound and burn off in the enormous court surrounding him. He feels warm, the light is as intense and meaningful as ever, the strong rays of the sun make the walls
shine as gold: it’s the light of Salento. He admires the main building, which walls he can clearly see the features of the trees on. He shyly pushes the almost rotten wooden front door, that shows the signs of the rain. Unsure, he keeps going among the rubble, and in the half-light he sees the peeling blue walls. The broken glasses of a window at the end of the corridor let the light in and make the shapes of that timeless architecture visible.
But the attention of the curious visitor is drawn by the landscape that he can see through another door: a vineyard, as far as the eye can see.
credits: Federico Colombo