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Living in Puglia

Puglia

Perhaps you are considering Puglia for a luxury holiday - villa holidays in southern Italy are a delightful way to get to know this beautiful and unspoilt region. Or perhaps you are looking at buying property in Puglia or renovating a property in Puglia - in which case you have come to the right place: The Homes in Puglia group specialises in the bespoke design and renovation of property in Puglia.

Puglia is a region in southeastern Italy bordering the Adriatic Sea in the east, the Ionian Sea to the southeast, and the Strait of Òtranto and Gulf of Taranto in the south. Its southern portion is known as Salento and is a peninsula, forming the high heel on the "boot" of Italy. The region comprises 19,345 km² (7,469 square miles), and its population is about 4 million. It is bordered by the other Italian regions of Molise to the north, Campania to the west, and Basilicata to the southwest. Its neighbours are Greece and Albania, across the Ionian and Adriatic Seas, respectively. The region extends as far north as Monte Gargano, and was the scene of the last stages in the Second Punic War.

Puglia is mostly a plain (see Tavoliere delle Puglie); its low coast, however, is broken by the mountainous Gargano Peninsula in the north, and there are mountains in the north central part of the region.
      

Apulia is divided into six provinces:

 * Province of Bari
 
 * Province of Barletta-Andria-Trani
     
 * Province of Brindisi

 * Province of Foggia

 * Province of Lecce

 * Province of Taranto

 Economy

 Farming was the chief occupation, but industry has expanded rapidly. Farm products include olives, grapes, cereals, almonds, figs, tobacco, and livestock (sheep, pigs, cattle, and goats). Manufactured products include refined petroleum, chemicals, cement, iron and steel, processed food, plastics, and wine. Fishing is pursued in the Adriatic and in the Gulf of Taranto. The scarcity of water has long been an acute problem in Apulia, and it is necessary to carry drinking water by aqueduct across the Apennines from the Sele River in Campania. Services and mass tourism are increasingly replacing agriculture as the main resources of the region, so Puglia is often called the "Florida of Italy".

Trulli

A trulli is a traditional Apulian stone dwelling with a conical roof. The style of construction is specific to the Itria Valley (in Italian Valle d'Itria), in the Murge area of the Italian region of Apulia (in Italian Puglia). They may be found in the towns of Alberobello, Locorotondo, Fasano, Cisternino, Martina Franca and Ceglie Messapica. Trulli were generally constructed as dwellings or storehouses. Traditionally they were built without any cement or mortar. This style of construction is also prevalent in the surrounding countryside where most of the fields are separated by dry-stone walls. Whether you are looking for a trulli to rent in Puglia, for a holiday let, or to buy a trulli in Puglia, Homes in Puglia has a delightful selection for you to choose from. 

Puglia, with its bright sun, transparent sea and fragranced fields, charms all that visit it. Attracted by the ideal climate, hospitable land and friendly natives, our clients feel right at home the moment they arrive.

In general, Puglia has a typical Mediterranean climate with mild winters and hot dry summers. Summer temperatures average between 25-30 degrees but can reach the mid 40s.

Locals

The people of Puglia are relaxed and friendly, and very helpful. Locals are curious about new arrivals, and with willingness and a smattering of Italian from you, they are very generous and hospitable. 

Food

Living in Puglia is generally cheaper than in the UK and the fantastic food of Puglia is a great example whereby you can eat very, very well but very cheaply. Seafood, Wine, Olives and Olive Oil are specialties. Puglia is the biggest wine and olive oil producing region in Italy- and everywhere you look there are groves of massive, centuries-old olive trees and vineyards surrounded by dry stone walls delineating the boundaries.
High quality, seasonal food is always in plentiful supply. Freshly grown and harvested produce can be found in any of the local markets and is low in price, large in variety and high in quality. It is easy to maintain a healthy lifestyle and sense of well-being with such fresh produce to enjoy.


One thing you will learn whilst living in Puglia in the summer months is to take a long lunch break – mandatory between 1.00pm and about 4.30pm. Just about time to enjoy some of those delicious olives or seafood, savour a glass of wine and maybe even take a nap in the sun.

If this has tempted you into buying a property in Puglia, finding your dream villa for sale and settling into a place in Puglia, visit our information pages.

For more information on the area and provinces of Puglia and for information on traditional housing styles such Trulli, visit our Local Area Info page.

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