You’ve probably heard the Italian phrase, “La Dolce Vita”. In English, this translates to “the sweet life,” which is a perfect description of what it would be like to retire to Italy. Crystal clear beaches, incredible food and a slow pace of life are perhaps the regions that now push many senior citizens to retiring in Puglia. Let’s try to see why:
10 reason why retiring in Puglia
1. Slow pace of life
Time is quiet here, where the daily rhythm keeps the rhythm of the centuries. If you retiring in Puglia you experience the sensation of slowing down simply by walking the narrow alleys or crossing the countryside full of colors and smells. People take the time to speak to each other in the street. Long lunches followed by a siesta (called riposo here) are still the norm. An evening stroll and pre-dinner drink are practically obligatory, and a great way to catch up with friends, or just sit at a café and watch the people parade (passeggiata).
2. Excellent & organic food.
Puglia has managed to preserve its culinary traditions and with quality products among the highest in Italy. Puglia cheese is world-famous, and you owe yourself a visit to the local caseificio. You will taste some regional specialties: burrata, a stretched mozzarella, cacioricotta, caciocavallo ect. Local markets (every Apulian town has them) that show fresh morning fish and vegetables only recently plucked from the ground. But there are many other specialties such as “orecchiette” or “strascinate” (homemade pasta) prepared with turnip tops or sauce. Even for meat lovers there is only the embarrassment of choice in the local butcher’s shop with meat all raised on local farms.
3. Space for your own paradise
Many properties have their own olive and fruit trees and plenty of space to grow your own herbs and organic vegetables. Property prices in the countryside are very reasonable, and you are likely to get a bigger plot than you could afford back home. You may be tempted to get a dog, or even some chickens.
4. Mediterranean climate
The climate is typically Mediterranean even if it changes a lot from the coast to the hinterland. Winters have a lot of sunny days and there is only a dusting of snow one or two days for the season. Spring arrives early in Puglia, the wild flowers are spectacular and the temperatures in springtime are around 20 degrees. Summer is certainly the most pleasant period and only a couple of weeks a year the temperatures are excessively hot, for the rest of the summer the average is 28 degrees.
5. Reasonable cost of living & price property
A glass of wine at an outside café will set you back just $4 or $5 with snacks, while a cappuccino will cost you around $1.30. The average price for a beer and a pizza is 9 €. For the most expensive restaurants with gourmet cuisine the average price per person is 55€. About the price of the property if you are prepared to do a renovation project it is possible to buy a small Trulli, lamia or villetta from €30,000, but they tend to be very small and need a lot of work and money spent on them. However, you can find habitable villas from €110,000 that may just need modernisation. A two-bedroom villa with a garden that’s ready to move in, costs from €195,000.
6. An amazing coastline
Puglia has gained a fantastic reputation among tourists for the its unspoiled beaches and the crystal clear water. From Gargano Promontory to Santa Maria di Leuca at the bottom of the region and moving towards the Gulf of Taranto , Puglia offers approximately 800 km of coastline of unique natural beauty. Its beaches are the ideal retreat for those looking for relaxation and wellness. The Ionian coast is characterized by low sandy beaches often surrounded by beautiful pine woods and Mediterranean vegetation. Heading south it becomes more rocky, the water is generally shallow and clear, a light blue. The Adriatic coast is mostly rocky with small and secret sandy coves that make its coast (especially in Monopoli) a natural paradise.
7. A warm, friendly atmosphere
Italians are known for being very hospitable, so it should be easy to make new friends and quickly feel at home in this country. Some Italians speak English, but not all, so it helps to learn the language so you can communicate well wherever you go in the country.
8. Many things to do
With its 10.000 years of history and its influences from all over the Mediterranean, Puglia certainly offers hundred of places to see every day.
The small white villages of the Itria valley with its enchanting countryside, the trulli of Alberobello, World Heritage. The coastal villages such as Monopoli and Polignano, the baroque of Lecce, the oldest city in the world, Matera. And still the breathtaking coastline of Salento to the south and the Gargano to the north, the old town of Bari, the beautiful Otranto and much more that you check in our page
Never boring. Besides the things to see there are many things that can be done in Puglia. Boat tours, trekking, guided tours, wine or oil tastings on the farm, cooking class with locals. In the summer, the small villages come alive with the feasts of the patron saint and are filled with beautiful and typical lights of the Apulian festivals. Or there are tons of food and music festivals. Among the most famous are the Pizzica dance festival in Salento and “Festival della Valle d’Itria” opera festival in Martina Franca .
9. Exceptional oil & wine
Puglia produces 40% of the olives for Italy. The countryside is covered with thousands of acres of olive trees. Each family has its own piece of land with fruit and olive trees that produce enough oil to a family for the entire year. The regions richly fertile soils and beautiful climate make it a no-brainer as an option for growing grapes. There are many varieties of wines, the most famous are: primitivo, negroamaro, malvasia, nero di troia ect.
10. Easy to reach
While its southern peninsular position may look isolated, it’s not remote. There are two airports (Bari and Brindisi) and a rail line that runs up the Adriatic coast. It is easy to get there with direct flights from many European cities or from the United States with a stopover from Rome or Milan.