The region of Puglia or Apuglia as it is known sometimes, is “the heel” of Italy and is bordered by both the Adriatic and Ionian Seas, which gives it one of the longest coastlines of any region in Italy. Puglia is also one of the most fertile regions of Italy with olive trees, wheat, and vineyards covering the whole region.
Access to the region is can be by both sea and air, with the major airports being at both Bari and Brindisi having regular flights from UK airports. By sea, the major ports of Bari, Brindisi and Taranto provide excellent access to other areas of Europe and North Africa.
Many visitors are not familiar with this region, or the excellent food and wines available, although the “trullo” houses, which are characteristic of the region, have become extremely popular as holiday homes for many English people. The major cities of Bari, Lecce, Brindisi, Taranto, and Foggia are the capitals of 5 of the 6 provinces. All this makes this region an excellent area to purchase some real estate with prices being extremely reasonable.
Almost 2/3rd of the wine produced in Puglia is red wine with many excellent varieties although the flagship red grape of Puglia is Primitivo. The wines made with Primitivo are luscious, heavy and definitely “food wines”. Apart from Primitivo di Manduria (considered to be the best wines from Puglia), another amazingly successful red wine is Salice Salentino, a powerful red wine made primarily with Negro Amaro. Uva di Troia “Grape from Troy”, which shows the ancient Greek influence, is the grape used to make the famous “Castel del Monte” wines. Puglia also makes light white wines with the Bombino Bianco and Verdeca grapes and the rosés of Puglia are beginning to be far better known.
The choice of properties for sale in Puglia can vary greatly. You can purchase a seaside apartment on the Ionian Sea, in towns such as Monopoli, Fasano or Ostuni. Bearing in mind that the heal of Italy is only some 50km from coast to coast, inland and still not that far from the sea, the choice of properties for sale is even greater, with the “Trullo”, country houses with vineyards or olive groves close to the towns of Martina Franca, Francavilla, Ceglie Messapica and Alberobello, which all surround the natural reserve of the Murge Orientali. It is well worth a visit to find real estate in this region which now is so easily accessible by all means of transport.