A visit to Noci will inevitably lead you to leave the old town and explore the surrounding countryside, once covered with woods of Macedonian oaks, sessile oaks and holm oaks. The woods represented for Noci a real source of riches and sustenance, but starting from the Middle Ages they diminished changing the natural landscape in the typical ‘rural landscape with stones’. These places, which were once the lands of brigands, are still now dotted with many farmhouses. At first they were built as simple dwellings with trulli and casedde (cottages) and over the years changed into complex manor farmhouses, with lodgings and chapels, which could make country life far from the town more comfortable. After the Unity of Italy the masserie farmhouses were rebuilt to become prestigious summer residences and today many of them are still active and function as farms or places where animals are raised.