Hey you future kings and queens! Italy is giving away some castles literally for free!
We’ve all dreamt of owning our own exotic villa, or better a castle, walking down the grand spiral staircase, like a queen (or king!).This might be your chance to turn your dream into reality. Italy is practically 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.
There’s a simple clause to it though. The Italian State Property Agency expects anyone who gets a free castle (or any other of the 103 objects) to restore 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.
“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 Italy’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.