The Convent

The main building, dating back to the middle of the XVI century – subsequently extended in the XVII century – was intended initially as a fortress.

Due to its dominating position on the hillside it had to protect the villagers of the Hamlet from raids of the Saracen pirates arriving from the sea. A secret passage in fact allowed the people inside to reach the higher floors without going outside. You can still see, over the main entrance, the hole through which you could place a firearm to defend yourself from aggressors.

It was turned into a convent in the XVIII century, and afterwards it hosted a school of theology attended by many boys of the region.

Maura, the current owner, is the direct descendant of the Muratorio family who bought the property in the XIX century.