Why would you want to live in an ordinary house if you could live in a castle?
You can actually live in a castle now. The Italian Government is giving away more than a hundred historical buildings FOR FREE. That’s right, folks. It’s not even a half off. It is literally for free.
Obviously, there is a catch. And what is that catch, you ask?
Well, you need to be able to transform the building and the land surrounding it into something so interesting and beautiful that it will attract visitors.
This is ideal for anyone who has any sense of decoration and has wanted to open a cool Italian restaurant or guest house.
The government is hoping to reduce the burden from overcrowded tourist destinations like Venice and Rome and entice them to visit less known places.
So, if you’re interested, forty four of these sites can be found along religious or historic walking routes and the rest along cycle routes.
The applicants who are selected will be contracted to live on the property for nine years. If their renovation is successful and attracts sufficient visitors, they will have the chance to renew the contract. Don’t despair if you’re not in the first 100 lucky applicants. The government plans to give away 200 more properties in the next two years if this project is a success.
The government is hopeful about this, as this is not the first time such properties have been sold off. Thirty historic lighthouses were auctioned off as part of the Lighthouse Project in order to transform the building to attract tourists.
Attracting tourists is not always such a success, though. One Italian village in the mountainous region of Liguria, in north-west Italy, Bormida learned its lesson when it offered prospective people €2,000 (£1,700) to live there. The villagers, of which there are only 394, lead simple lives, according to the Daily Mail. This idea was posted to Facebook by Mayor Daniele Galliano. He was expecting a nationwide response, but got a worldwide one and had to delete the post.
He said, “My idea was to propose to the Liguria Region, with whom they are in contact, and extended only on a national level.”
“The news was reported, however, in the wrong way and reached a worldwide audience.”
“Italy is a wonderful country, but, like others in the economic crisis, today they are followed by more than 17,000 people and, unfortunately, it’s not really possible to find help for everyone.”
Clearly, the town couldn’t afford to pay thousands of willing people €2,000 (£1,700) or accommodate them. But they have lowered the rent to as little as €12.50 (£10.70) a week to try and increase the number of people who live there.
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