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Lama di Luna is the house where I live with my sons and my girlfriend, where I pick the fruits that nature and our work give us, among dogs, cats, horses, rabbits, chickens, barn owls and sparrows: today everyone can feel the magic sensations that this part of the Murgia can give in everyday life.

PIETRO PETRONI

Its name is not fortuitous, because it comes from a careful research to find again and give man back his natural cycles of human being, belonging to the mother earth and to the universe. In this sense “Lama” means blade as a valley and “Luna”, moon, as an element strictly connected to the earth, to its cycles of seeding, harvesting and life where man takes part as a being, belonging to the whole. Lama di Luna is a farm of the 19 th century inhabited by Coloni and Mezzadri (Farmers and Share- Croppers). Nowadays it’s totally restructured, after three years of meticulous work, with techniques of bio-architecture and feng-shui in the total respect of the place and its history. It is surrounded by 190 hectares of natural landscape like olive-groves, cherry orchards, almond groves and vineyards, cultivated following the biological principles, certified by AIAB-ICEA. The guest-rooms are the old residence of the farmers. Today they are spacious and bright, they all have a fireplace, they overlook the farmyard and they are provided with warm water and heating thanks to 48 solar panels; there are beds made with heart-wood of pine or olive-tree or brass-made (dated to 19 th century), with natural latex mattress, unbleached cotton sheets and towels, olive-oil soaps. Each detail has been meticulously studied to let the energy move on to allow guests to feel the ancient traditions. In the total respect of the old structure and our great rural building knowledge, the farm has been restructured with mortar and natural materials, reusing the same materials such as old planks, bricks and frames dated back to 1800 and other material as the red or yellow clay. Beds are northern placed and the sharp edges have been replaced with rounded edges, because in the natural state all is round, all is harmony and all comes back to all. The forty chimney-pots, the scattered "Trulli" and the cave, they all tell the story of all the people that lived worked and rested in this beautiful and magic place.

Towards the end of 1700,the left side of the farm was built, characterized by walls of more than one metre in thickness and ceilings realized with cylinders of terracotta with the holed bottom: it's the ideal ceiling because it is light, full of air for having a good protection from the summer heat, and during the winter it can keep warm air from fireplaces for releasing it during the night: these are the rooms called “Murgia”, the oldest of Lama di Luna. Towards the end of 19 th century Baron of Faivano decides to complete the farm, building the right side with walls of 80 centimetres in thickness and ceilings of iron beams and vaults of calcareous tuff, to give the share-croppers families the possibility to live in the farm. Each room, of about 20 square metres, was the house of these families and each one had a window and a fireplace. The forty chimney-pots give us the idea of the community that gave life to the farm, where, before the dawn, people reordered the common spaces and everything must be in order when the sun rose and the day's work started. On the other hand, farmers whom contract didn't provide a house, built a little refuge with the stones, realizing the so-called “Casedd” (little houses), the well-known “Trulli” of Andria, where they lived with the donkey, useful in the fields cultivation and for keeping warm the Casedd. At the end of 1800 a big wine crisis forces the Baron to sell the farm and about 190 hectares of fields to Mr De Bartolo: after the diffusion of wine-pest (Phylloxera) in the vineyards, he transforms them in almond and olive-groves until the fifties, when Mr Palasciano takes the farm to rent it to the shepherds of Corato. From this moment starts the inexorable decay of the farm, both in and out.

In 1991, crazy about the farm and the landscape, I bought it, I rid it of sheep and shepherds, and I started a long restoration, both in the farm and in the fields. Ten thousand olive trees, ten thousand plants of grapevines, two thousand plants of almond, one thousand of cherry, an artesian well with a depth of 535 metres and different plantations of vegetables and cereals: this is the agrarian renascence set up with the greater respect of nature, leaving to the natural landscape the other hundred hectares to let the sheep graze. I have built a new cowshed and new stores, so I have had the possibility to free the farm for starting a long restoration in 2000 to give to guests the possibility to live again the magic moments and atmospheres of those times.