Julia in Puglia

While working as the website Manager for a radio station in Bournemouth, Julia met Marcus. After buying a house in Dorset and doing a lot of work on it themselves, they realised they both loved the idea of renovating old houses, particularly stone ones. In 2003 they bought a stone house in a village by the sea in Greece. In those two years they learnt that “If someone else is able to do something, then so could they”, and set about doing the tiling, plastering etc. themselves. They also offered holiday rental while they were preparing to sell the property. After selling the house in Greece, they found another stone house outside a village in Istria, Croatia. Once again, they did most of the renovation work themselves, except for new electrics and plumbing. Both properties had thick limestone walls that needed pointing, and stone and wood flooring that needed relaying, as well as bathrooms and kitchens.

An Italian renovation

In 2008 they set out on their biggest challenge yet, when they bought a small Masseria with an olive grove in Puglia, Italy, that had no electric or plumbing and was a total mess. They thought they would buy, renovate and sell again. However, this time they couldn’t think of anywhere else they would rather be and decided to stay. Through experience and research over the years, Julia has gained immense knowledge of buying, renovating and living in Italy, which she has been exclusively sharing with Property Guides readers, and expats starting a new life in her area of Puglia. Julia’s love of Italy’s history, architecture, culture, traditions and way of life is evident in her writing.  

Julia's home in Puglia


Help, my Italian home came with 400 olive trees!


Bougainvillea and local stone: Julia's home


Articles by Julia in Puglia

Italian property under €200,000

In the 2022 Italy Property Guides survey, 52% of readers expressed the desire to buy an Italian property for less than €200,000. Almost a third of buyers wanted to spend between €100,000 and €200,000. So,we wondered, how realistic a budget is that? What size and sort of property can you expect to buy for that?  And where in Italy will you get more for your money?

Why you shouldn’t worry about buying property in Italy

Some would-be buyers of Italian property are put off by the unfamiliarity of the legal process and the names of professional services they’re not used to, such as geometra and notary. In fact, they’re thinking about it the wrong way. The four main professionals in the Iitalian property buying process are there to help you. Let us introduce you to the licensed estate agent, lawyer, geometra and notary…

TV stars renovate one-euro house in Italy

A new BBC TV show is set to rejuvenate a one-euro home in Italy and along with it the dream of many would-be expats to make the move to one of Italy’s prettiest – and most affordable – locations.

Italy’s best beaches; and where to buy a home nearby

When you buy a property in an Italian region with Blue Flag beaches, you are sure of sparkling clear waters and good beach services on your day out at the seaside. So where are the new Blue Flags for summer 2022, and the best of the usual winners?

Turin in the spotlight as Eurovision comes to town

Easy to reach, wealthy and liveable, Turin is a city it’s easy to fall in love with. So with nearly 200 million viewers from around the world likely to watch Italy host The Eurovision Song Contest from the city next week, we went to have look.