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On the gentle hills of Salento, along the road from Supersano to Cutrofiano, there are a series of age-old masserie (farmhouses) bearing witness to the exclusively agricultural and animal herding livelihood of the area.
Among these, there is Masseria Pizzofalcone, medieval in origin, with two large courtyards and a 16th century tower. In the 19th century it formed a self-contained agricultural hamlet with its own small church dedicated to St Joseph where this little core of people would celebrate mass every Sunday. Here were reared cattle, horses and sheep, and milk and cheese was produced. Much evidence remains of its past: the mangers, the large enclosure for the sheep and the many stone rings dotted around to which the animals were tied. But there was another animal that protected La Masseria Pizzofalcone from above: a great falcon, from which it gets its name.
Also wheat was produced: granaries dug below ground or making use of the loft spaces testify to this, as does the barnyard, the stone flagged area worn smooth by the passage of people and animals, where the wheat was weighed. Every room has its fireplace: here was where the people would get together to warm themselves and rest after their daily toils.