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With its beautiful landscapes, pristine beaches and temperate climate, the southern Italian region of Puglia is a wonderful destination for families. From snorkelling with the colourful marine life of the Adriatic to exploring one of Europe’s largest zoos and even go-kart racing in the countryside, there are plenty of al fresco adventures to be had together.

Go on safari in Fasano
10km from Masseria Torre Maizza

One of Europe’s largest zoos, Fasano Zoo Safari provides a thrilling opportunity for children to catch a glimpse of exotic wildlife roaming freely in natural landscapes. Drive through the reserve and observe species including a pride of lions, powerful bears and endangered white rhinos, or take the train around the Pedonal Zoological Trail for a closer look at primates and big cats.

Swing above the canopy
30km from Masseria Torre Maizza

There’s plenty of fun to be had at Indiana Park, a pretty green space whose highlight is undoubtedly the high-ropes adventure playground. Climb rope ladders, cross swaying bridges, slide down exhilarating ziplines and navigate an elevated obstacle course up in the trees—then relax with a picnic in one of the park’s relaxation areas.

Spend a day splashing and sliding
6km from Masseria Torre Maizza

Enjoy a range of aquatic activities at nearby Acquapark Egnazia, a family-friendly waterpark that’s perfect for days when the sea is a little chilly. Slide down thrilling flumes, bask in the sun as you float around the lazy river or enjoy the simulated waves of the oceanic pool.

Get ready to race
2km from Masseria Torre Maizza

Slip on suits and helmets and get ready for the starting gun at Kartodromo Fasano, an 830-metre go-karting track just five minutes’ drive from Masseria Torre Maizza. The track incorporates thrilling twists and turns as well as an exhilarating straight, with experienced instructors on-hand to show children (and adults) how to make the most of each lap.

Snorkel in a nature reserve
42km from Masseria Torre Maizza

A protected marine area and nature reserve, Torre Guaceto spans 6km of pristine, unspoiled coastline and is home to many species of birds and fish. Wander the beaches, coves and trails before strapping on a snorkelling mask and flippers to get up-close-and-personal with colourful fish in the clear waters of the Adriatic.

To experience these unmissable family activities while staying at Masseria Torre Maizza, call us on +39 06 32 888 890 or email

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