Would you like to own a castle or historic building in Italy?
For lots of people, owning your own home is just a dream, so the idea of a holiday house is even more far-fetched.
But the cash-strapped now have the opportunity to own a slice of countryside on the Continent thanks to a new scheme from the Italian Government.
As part of the 'Strategic Tourist Plan', Italy is giving away more than 100 buildings, including castles, old convents and historic towers, in order to stop them falling into ruin.
So what's the catch?
Well, you can't just bag a castle. Prospective owners need to transform the property into something that would lure in tourists, such as a boutique hotel or a swanky private villa. The idea is to bring travellers to the less well-trodden areas of Italy, and relieving the strain on jam-packed city destinations like Venice, Rome, Florence and the Amalfi Coast. Could this be your chance to quit the rat race and run a unique B&B in the Italian countryisde?
The project will promote and support the development of the slow tourism sector. The goal is for private and public buildings which are no longer used to be transformed into tourist facilities.
The buildings are all in remote areas of Italy, with 44 of the sites on historic or religious walking routes and the rest along cycle paths. Ones up for grabs include the 13th century Castello di Montefiore in the Marche region and the 11th century Castello di Blera in Lazio, not too far from Rome.
How does it work?
You have to submit a proposal outlining a clear plan for the building.
The Italian government is targeting young entrepreneurs . Those who submit really brilliant, tourist-luring ideas, could be given a 50 year lease.
All applications must be submitted before June 26, however this is an ongoing project with another 200 buildings expected to be added over the next two years. Further details can be found on the below link.
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