Italy Is Giving Away Old Castles For Free, And Here’s How You Can Get One


If you’ve ever dreamed of having your own castle, now’s your chance. Italy is giving away 103 run-down properties, including villas, inns, and castles for free. That means anyone can start building their personal versions of Winterfell, Casterly Rock, or The Pyke.


Show Full Text

However, there’s just one catch. The country’s State Property Agency expects anyone who gets a free castle (or any other of the 103 objects) to commit to restoring it so it can be used as a tourist destination. Whether the property becomes a hotel, spa, restaurant, or something else is up to the new owner to decide.

“The project will promote and support the development of the slow tourism sector,” Roberto Reggi from the State Property Agency told The Local. “The goal is for private and public buildings which are no longer used to be transformed into facilities for pilgrims, hikers, tourists, and cyclists.” Authorities also hope this plan will relieve some of the strain on the country’s most popular and overcrowded areas (like Venice).

The deadline for applications is June 26. Successful applicants will get an initial nine-year period to work on their project, with the possibility of extending it for another nine years afterwards. If, however, your application is denied, don’t worry – Italy plans to give out 200 objects the same way within the next two years.

More info: agenziademanio.it (h/t: hellogiggles, thelocal)

If you’ve ever dreamed of having your own castle, now’s your chance

Image credits: lianem/123RF

Italy is giving away 103 run-down properties, including villas, inns, and castles for free

Image credits: Andrea Pistolesi/Getty Images

But there’s one catch

Image credits: Gennaro Leonardi

The country’s State Property Agency expects anyone who gets a free castle (or any other of the 103 objects) to commit to restoring it

Image credits: Luca D’Ambra

Whether the property becomes a hotel, spa, restaurant, or something else is up to the new owner to decide

Image credits: Stefano Viaggio

“The project will promote and support the development of the slow tourism sector,” Roberto Reggi from the State Property Agency says

Image credits: MattC77

“The goal is for private and public buildings which are no longer used to be transformed into facilities for tourists”

Image credits: Iris van Wolferen

Authorities also hope this plan will relieve some of the strain on the country’s most popular and overcrowded areas (like Venice)

Image credits: Iris van Wolferen

The deadline for applications is June 26, and if, however, your application is denied, don’t worry – Italy plans to give out 200 objects the same way within the next two years

Image credits: TuAnh Nguyen

Comments

comments

What's Your Reaction?

Angry Angry
0
Angry
Cute Cute
0
Cute
Geek Geek
0
Geek
LOL LOL
0
LOL
Love Love
0
Love
Omg Omg
0
Omg
Sad Sad
0
Sad
Scary Scary
0
Scary
Wtf Wtf
0
Wtf

Italy Is Giving Away Old Castles For Free, And Here’s How You Can Get One

log in

Captcha!

reset password

Back to
log in
Choose A Format
Personality quiz
Series of questions that intends to reveal something about the personality
Trivia quiz
Series of questions with right and wrong answers that intends to check knowledge
Poll
Voting to make decisions or determine opinions
Story
Formatted Text with Embeds and Visuals
List
The Classic Internet Listicles
Open List
Open List
Ranked List
Ranked List
Meme
Upload your own images to make custom memes
Video
Youtube, Vimeo or Vine Embeds
Audio
Soundcloud or Mixcloud Embeds
Image
Photo or GIF