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Thursday, May 25, 2017

If you can afford the renovations, Italy will give you a castle

For all you Fixer Upper types out there:

Old houses, inns, farmhouses, monasteries and ancient castles are all up for grabs - and you won’t have to pay a penny. In total, 103 sites are available, dotted across the country from north to south.

One of the castles up for grabs. Photo: Agenzia del Demanio


The only catch is that those who take up the offer will have to commit to restoring and transforming the sites into tourist facilities, such as hotels, restaurants, or spas. Successful applicants will get an initial nine-year period to work on their project, with the possibility of extending it for a further nine years.

The buildings are all located off the beaten path, with 44 of the sites situated along historic or religious walking routes, and the remaining 59 along cycle paths.

They can be found along the Appian Way (a Roman road connecting the capital with Brindisi on the southern coast), the Via Francigena (an ancient pilgrimage route stretching from Rome to the northern border), and several of Italy’s cycling routes.

Former school in Puglia

Interested entrepreneurs willing to take on an ancient fixer-upper can browse the list of properties, and submit an application. More at The Local.

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