History

According to tradition, the origins of Masseria Incantalupi date back to Federico II. The building is the example of a “domus”, a typical residence and hunting lodge, definitely more simple in its structure and furniture than other buildings wanted by the Emperor, who used to build castles and other dwellings used at various purposes (military bases, residences, hunting lodges, etc,) on any place whose landscape was marvelous . Incantalupi was one of those places he defined “locus solatiorum”, place where to rest. What can seem sober today, that used to be sumptuous at that time, as the portal, the terrace, the ceilings “ a crociera”, the frescoes, the wide and high fireplaces. After Federico II, Incantalupi experienced the cruel fights between the Angevins and Aragonese, raids and attacks of the Turks, oppression and violence of French and Spanish and, in XIX century, the brigandage, that had its victims and epigons right in this area. In 1700 it belonged to the Falces, a noble family, whose vestiges remain today in the various buildings that still belong to the family. In his will dated March 4th 1732 , the Marquis Andrea Falces appointed the Society of Jesus (Compagnia di gesù) as his heir . The Society formally accepted the inheritance on 26th November 1737, when the Marquis died, and it became the sole owner of the goods in September 1738. After the Jesuits were espelled out of the Kingdom of Naples in 1737, Incantalupi, such as all the other goods that belonged to Falces, was assigned to Argimiro Lucci , from Mesagne, as heir of the Marquise Maria Falces, who had been heir of the Marquis Andrea Falces. Argimiro Lucci’s daughter, Marianna, succeeded to her father. She married Mr Cuomo and in 1876 gave Incantalupi to her son , Francesco Cuomo. After he died, the farm was inherited by his three sons Consilia, Giacomina and Giuseppe. Giuseppe acquired the shares of his two sisters and , at the beginning of 1900, sold the farm to Antonio and Lorenzo Cinquepalmi. Lorenzo appointed his brother Antonio as sole heir, and he gave the property to his nephew Giuseppe Bruno, who is the present owner of Incantalupi , now renovated, and the scrupolous guardian of its ancient memories.