The Italian government is giving away a total of 103 historical sites, including castles, towers, old villas and monasteries all around the country with a price tag of zero euros for those who are willing to develop these disintegrating landmarks.
Historical sites include Castello di Blera, an 11th-century castle in Lazio, Castello di Montefiore, a 13th-century castle in the Marche region of eastern Italy, an 18th-century villa in Puglia and Ponte Delle Torri, an imposing building in the city of Spoleto.
Castello di Montefiore (Source: ibtimes)
However, there’s a catch. The only condition is that the buildings will be given to people who can show concrete plans of how they will renovate the sites to help boost tourism in the local area, thereby positively affecting the country’s economic growth.
The hope is that the sites, which currently lie empty, will then be turned into hotels, spas, restaurants, shops, luxury villas or other ingenious tourist attraction. Owners can also opt for less ambitious projects that also serve tourists such as service points, hostels or cycle shops.
Castello di blera (Source: tesoridellazio)
The initiative is a part of Italy’s Strategic Tourism Plan. The Local Italy reports that the initiative will help in aggrandising the country’s tourism beyond popular destinations such as Lake Como, Venice, Tuscany, Milan and the Amalfi Coast. The idea also aims to alleviate the overcrowding at Italy’s most popular tourist's spots such as Rome and Venice.
“The project will promote and support the development of the slow tourism sector,” Roberto Reggi from the State Property Agency said, reports 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.”
Ponte Delle Torri (Source: lanazione)
The government has been particularly targeting young entrepreneurs and businesses to take part in the project. The successful owners will have rights to own their respective properties for nine years, after that they will have an option to renew their contracts for another nine years. Moreover, some unique ideas of how to use certain sites could receive up to a 50-year lease.
Over the next two years, the country is expected to include an additional 200 buildings to the project.
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