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Italy is giving away 100 castles, villas and monasteries for FREE

Written by Aashis pandey

The Italian government is giving away more than 100 historic buildings for free. It’s giving away a total of 103 historic sites, including castles, monasteries and towers all across Italy – with a price tag of zero euros. Properties include Castello di Blera in Lazio, an 11th century castle not far from Rome, and Castello di Montefiore, a 13th century castle in the Marche region of eastern Italy.

This castle located in the centre of the village of Civitella Cesi, a small hamlet of Etruscan origin, is up for grabs as part of the scheme.

Before you start packing your bags and brushing up on your Italian vocab, there is a catch (isn’t there always?). The buildings will be given to people who can show concrete plans of how they will renovate and rejuvenate the sites to help boost tourism in the local area.

Casello ferroviario Ponte Patti is found in the town of Cariati in Calbria, and is available for free.

Fabbricato Rustico is found in the hills above the town of Lucca in Tuscany.

Molino is found in the town of Certosa di Pavia, in the Lombardi region.

This 18th century villa with a garden can be found in Puglia.

 

It is also hoped that by attracting holidaymakers to new areas, the country could reduce the strain on tourist hotspots like Venice, which is swamped during peak season.

Entrepreneurs, co-operatives and businesses that are mainly made up of people under the age of 40 will be eligible.

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