In het Siciliaanse wijndorp Castiglione, op de hellingen van de vulkaan Etna, zijn deze maand 900 huizen te koop voor 1 euro per stuk. De meeste zijn te vinden in het oudste deel. De helft van de huizen is bouwvallig. Andere huizen, in een betere staat, zijn vanaf 4000 euro te koop.
“We have a huge architectural heritage to rescue, packed with history. Over time, too many people have left, leaving behind a bunch of old, picturesque houses, many even dating back to the Renaissance,” mayor Antonino Camarda said.
“We’ve carried out an in-depth study cataloguing each property based on maps and land registry data. According to their conditions buildings will be sold at different prices, starting from €1,” he added.
Castiglione di Sicilia looks over the Alcantara valley and wine estates surround the landscape, hence the City of Wine monika. Local vineyards produce varieties such as Carricante, Catarratto, and Nerello Mascalese.
Buyers must complete renovation works on the properties within three years and take out an insurance policy from a bank.
“It would cost the new owner €100 per year, which seems a fairer sum then a deposit guarantee,” the mayor said.
For more information on the project and how to make a purchase, you can visit its website here.