"(CNN) — The pandemic is raging, quarantine rules are changing by the day, and
there's still uncertainty over when we might vacation again, but one thing
remains constant in the travel world: the €1 houses of Italy.
This month, it's the turn of another Sicilian town, Castiglione di Sicilia, to
offer houses for the price of a coffee.
On the slopes of Mount Etna, near chic Taormina and the beaches of Sicily's
east coast, the town is selling a bumper crop of houses: roughly 900 abandoned
Most are located in the oldest parts of the town. Around half are ruined, and
will be given away at a symbolic price of €1 ($1.20). The rest are in better
condition, and will be sold off cheaply, starting from €4,000- €5,000.
Mayor Antonino Camarda has undertaken an ambitious project to breathe new life
into his village where the population has shrunk from 14,000 in the early 1900s
to barely 3,000 today.
"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," he says."
Via Esther Schindler.
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