The Italian government is giving away more than a 100 historic buildings in the country virtually free. These include castles, monasteries, farmhouses, towers, inns and more. All one needs to do to own one of these magnificent properties is enter a contest.
This contest involves the participants presenting their plans of restoring the building and turning it into a tourist spot with the government. Also, the cost of restoration will be borne by the winner.
The new scheme was recently unveiled by the State Property Agency. It has listed a 103 properties most of which are ancient and abandoned. Needless to say that these buildings are more of crumbling structures.
Winners of the contest will be given a nine-year lease to the property, which can be extended further for nine more years. If the scheme succeeds, 100 more properties will be added to the list in 2019.
“The goal is for private and public buildings which are no longer used to be transformed into facilities for pilgrims, hikers, tourists, and cyclists. Slow tourism, including walking trails and cycle paths, is very much in vogue and we can combine it with properties of various kinds, from castles to old railway stations,” said Roberto Reggi, director of the agency. He added that the government hopes to involve a lot of young people, specially those under 40.