Cucina in Masseria

Mola di Bari, Bari
Bed & Breakfast
+39 349 5311256

Unusual and authentic - dine by candlelight, sample ancient family recipes, book a cooking course. Warm cultured Rita brings instant cheer.


6 rooms


Rooms sleep 2

Children welcome
Pets welcome

The Experience

An unadorned 1726 masseria – explore Puglia from this charming family home. The great hall with its uneven stone floor was once part of an olive mill and is filled with books, portraits and antiques. Lofty whitewashed vaulted rooms and metre-thick walls keep you cool in summer. Light, gracious bedrooms are named after the women who once occupied them – four generations of women whose precious notebooks inspired the homestay cookery school here.

There’s a real passion here for local produce and the cookery courses are a must – from a three-day introduction to traditional Apulian food to a week of vegetarian cooking, you’re spoilt for choice. Let Rita and Vittoria take you on a culinary journey of the area.

Enjoy the food, the conversation, the atmosphere; dine by candlelight and sample ancient family recipes and liqueurs from the time the Bourbons reigned in southern Italy.

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We think you'll love

  • This time-travel experience back to traditional Apulian family life
  • Rita’s warm hospitality and generous nature - she’ll welcome you as a friend
  • The food! Homemade traditional meals with fantastic local produce - tastes all the better when you have made it yourself
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You should know

  • You’ll need a car to get here - though Rita organises travel for her food tours
  • You’re in a traditional homestay - don’t expect mod-cons in this charming country house
  • The bedrooms and bathrooms are simple and comfortable; Rita isn’t adhering to any interior trends here!


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

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Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 3 nights.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
This property is part of a working farm or vineyard.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property
Dinner, 3 courses, €35-€40. Wine €12-€18.


Nightly price
from €130
Whole house €3,300-€3,900 per week.
4 Doubles
From €130
2 Twin/doubles
From €130



Rita can't wait to take you on a trip back in time to the traditional Apulia, and most of all on a gastronomical journey of all things tasty and typical in this part of southern Italy. Her classes will tantalize your taste buds and give you the skills to recreate it yourself, as long as you can get ingredients as delicious as she can! Look out for her recipe book coming soon!

Caroline, Sawday's inspector

If you wish to learn about traditional Puglia life and cooking, this is for you. We spent 3 nights here at the end of our 10 day holiday and they were certainly the most memorable of our Italian sojourn. The host, Rita, is so friendly and generous and Vittoria in the kitchen is such a lively and amazing traditional cook. John learnt so much on his day's cookery course and we intend to return next year with friends. Thanks Rita and Vittoria!

John & Sally, Weymouth

We spent our final two nights in Puglia at this unprepossessing but charming, authentic country home where lovely Rita hosts her guests, be they passers-by or on one of her cookery (and touring) courses. The aromas coming out of the kitchen are the first thing that hits you and there's loads of different types of delicious food to partake of at breakfast and meal-times. We loved sitting around a common dining table with perfect strangers as conversation was easy where everybody's interest was food! Must visit again to take advantage of Rita's knowledge of places and history next time.

Mario, St Julian's

The heart of the masseria is it's hostess Rita Guastamacchia. We have never encountered such kindness and generosity in 50 years of traveling. This exceeded our wildest dreams. Rita is a superb cook who has a passion for history, particularly Puglian history and ecology. She will take you wherever you want to go, be it for a day trip or to shop for Puglian delicasies. Nothing is too much trouble. The house was an olive mill and was converted into a summer house for Rita's family a long time ago and to enter it is like stepping back a century. I cannot recommend this place highly enough.

Susan, Stroud

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The neighbourhood

There are vines as far as the eye can see. The coast isn’t far, and neither is the large city of Bari - visit the maze-like old town Barivecchia. Head to the ‘blue town’ of Casamassima for street wanders and to grab any supplies.There are plenty of restaurants here and within 20 minutes of the masseria but it doesn’t really seem necessary when Rita cooks up candlelit feasts every night.

Local points of interest from Rita Guastamacchia

  • Discover our region's wonderful cuisine and enjoy one of our cooking classes (in English or Italian). We have a huge variety of classes lasting from one day to a whole week. See our website for more details.


Rita Guastamacchia

Rita is the kind of person you want by your side, or next to the oven cooking up something delicious. Apulian through and through, you’ll be hard-pressed to find someone more proud of her heritage and the traditions of the region. The perfect person to teach you Apulian cooking in the kitchen. Ask her about her latest project - denoting all her family project into a recipe book.