Puglia, an enchanting land of olive groves, vines, sun, sea & a sublime climate, is only just on the point of discovery.
Known as Puglia in Italian, and Apulia in English (from the Latin), this scarcely populated region with historical architecture & an ancient rustic landscape, forms the heel of the “Italian boot”. With the Adriatic sea on one side of the peninsula, and the Ionian sea on the other, its coastline of over 800 km has enormous stretches of Italy’s loveliest sandy beaches which can be reached within 30 minutes from anywhere in the region. The climate here is as warm and sunny as anywhere in the Mediterranean.
This charming part of Italy has been left a legacy by the ancient Greeks, the Romans, the Byzantines from the east, the Normans and the Spanish Bourbons all of which is reflected in the architecture and customs of the region.
Puglia offers a wealth of cultural towns to explore, such as splendid baroque Lecce, the regional capital Bari, with its ancient centre, the bustling port of Brindisi, and the modern port of Taranto. There are also uniquely delightful small towns: sea-front Otranto, the fortified island town of Gallipoli and, on the southern tip, Santa Maria di Leuca, with its opulent Liberty-style sea-front villas.
The central Valle d’Itria is famous for the delightful old towns of Ostuni “la citta bianca”, Locorotondo, Cisternino and Martina Franca and Alberobello, which has such a vast concentration of trulli that it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
For centuries, Puglia has been predominantly an agricultural region, producing around 40% of Italy’s olive oil and a large proportion of its wine. The region’s produce is reflected in its authentic cuisine, with towns such as Ceglie Messapica increasingly become “foodie” destinations.
Local and international festivals add a little spice to life, especially in the summer with events such as the Otranto Jazz Festival and La Notte della Taranta, where the area’s traditional dance, the “pizzica tarantata” is celebrated. Each town has its own calendar of Festa, when the streets burst into life with music, food and celebration.
With so much to do and explore, Puglia is fast becoming a renowned holiday destination and an increasingly popular relocation choice. Its travel connections are superb with the number of flights to Puglia increasing all the time and it is now served by both main and low-cost airlines. With a choice of two airports, Bari and Brindisi, flights arrive directly from all over Europe. Puglia is also very well connected to many airports on the Italian mainland, so you can fly to Brindisi or Bari via Milan, Rome and Naples other Italian towns.
Architecturally, Puglia is famous for it’s unique trulli, traditional circular stone houses with conical roofs & masseria, ancient fortified farms now being turned into charming mansions for private use or hotels.
Puglia’s properties, whether old and ripe for renovation or new villas, make ideal main homes or holiday homes or businesses at still affordable prices.