On the heel of Italy’s stylish “boot” is the unique and charming region of Apulia. Long hot summers and mild winters, 500 miles of coastline, a Mediterranean diet of fresh local produce and friendly communities all make Apulia a lovely place to buy a home. But where are the best areas? And what is a trullo and a masseria and why are they so popular?
Imagine building your perfect home from scratch, exactly how you want, from the living space layout, to the number of bedrooms and any extras (Home gym? Art studio? Workshop?). That’s exactly what many do, and they all say how rewarding it is. Before you can build, though, you need to find a plot. So how do you find building land in Italy?
Planning to retire to Italy can be both exciting and daunting, but with advice from other expats who have done it, and guidance from experts, you’re in safe hands. Before you know it, you’ll be relaxing on your own sun terrace sipping prosecco! Here are your need-to-knows to make your dream of retiring to Italy a reality.
Italian style can be summed up as understated timeless luxury. Italians make glamour look effortless. They can put a crisp white shirt and jacket with a pair of brand name jeans, and look like a movie star. Whether making clothes or furniture you will find simple stylish lines, quality materials and great workmanship. Italian designers, artists, craftspeople and furniture makers have a passion for what they do.
We purchased our property in Apulia, Italy, 11 years ago this month, and have lived here permanently ever since. Our Italian home, that we lovingly renovated ourselves, is our most favourite place to be. Sitting in our large walled courtyard and surrounded by 8 acres of land, it is our haven away from the craziness going on in the world. History and culture are a big thing here in Italy, so when I was asked what my favourite places and events are, I quickly realised that these elements are actually a big part of what makes Italy my favourite country.