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.
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.
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.