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When I launched indulge magazine back in 2011, I had been invited to visit Borgo Egnazia to see their beautiful hotel complex which was soon to be fully opened to the public.

Buying in Puglia

I fell in love with the area and became obsessed with Trulli, nagging my partner for years for us to buy one. Eventually, I sold my properties in Malta and purchased a trullo with a lamia and set about extending it. I am happy to share my experiences with any potential Puglia property buyers. Buying in Italy is NOT the same as buying in Malta, you do need to have someone on your side. To service the Maltese market, BenEstates has partnered with Nikki Taylor. Check out her site for information on the process and what you need to know.

Building in Puglia

We extended and added a pool and renovated the trullo through the pandemic, with daily images and videos from the builder, and as soon as we could travel, we went to see the progress. Today we spend about a third of our time there and in the mean time, I rent this out on airbnb.

After finalising and enjoying the project for a year, and having failed to get a similar project off the ground in Malta, I decided to buy a Masseria to create my dream project; an artisan centre with workshops and accommodation, where locals, tourists and expats could learn and teach skills and ‘make beautiful memories’.

2 years later, we have opened The Lifestyle Emporium in Ceglie Messapica, the food capital of the region, where we offer:

  • short workshops in crafts including sewing, weaving, printing, painting, photography, mosaics, decoupage, paper mache, jewellery making, soap making, floristry and more!
  • 5 apartments which sleep 14/18 with a pool, communal kitchen and indoor and outdoor dining space, outdoor movie screen and projector, and over 10 tumoli of land, which is perfect for a family or group holiday and to host retreats
  • event space for parties, weddings, markets, food truck festivals, live performances etc.,

Ryanair flies to Bari every day with two flights on some days. Trulli Indulge and Lifestyle Emporium are just over an hour from the airport.

Hiring a car is necessary in Puglia; driving is less stressful than in Malta, with much less traffic and beautiful scenery and millions of olive trees to see on your way!

Monique Chambers

Monique started indulge in 2011 and has since created Indulge Me GIFT and Indulge Me FOOD and volume 1 of The Artists Directory - Malta. A marketing professional by trade, Monique's passion is to promote local talent and Malta in general. Free time is her biggest indulgence, when she can tinker in her craft room or the kitchen, or be selfish with a book, the sofa and good glass of wine (of course, wearing something beautiful and with freshly coiffed hair!)

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