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It's unbelievable, but there are Italian towns that offer it...
Italian towns and villages sometimes announce that they're selling off old properties for less than the price of a coffee in a bid to reverse depopulation.
The houses offered in such schemes need a lot of work.
Many towns ask for deposits of several thousand euros, and the final price of buying and restructuring such property will, of course, end up being far higher than one euro.
However, plenty of people seem to think the houses are still good value, as towns announcing these deals are constantly flooded with enquiries from would-be investors and second homeowners from all over the world.
If you're curious about the idea, here's a list of some of the towns in Italy currently offering houses for sale for just a euro.
The latest place to try the one euro house scheme is Pratola Peligna in Abruzzo.
Just half an hour from the ski resort of Roccaraso and the same distance from the coastal town of Pescara is this small and charming municipality in the province of L'Aquila.
Or you can try...
A small town deep in the heart of Sicily, the local authorities want to enhance and recover the town's neglected and abandoned buildings.
As in the other Italian towns and villages offering properties next to nothing, Bivona's young people have left searching for work elsewhere, leaving the area depopulated and in danger of soon becoming a ghost town.
Most of these towns are in Sicily. Another option on the southern island is Cammarata, a small village of 6,000 in the province of Agrigento, which started advertised properties on sale for €1 last year.
These are only some examples, but there is a long list divided in North, Centre and South Italy.
You can find more details about it, with the complete list, at the below link.
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I'm Natalia Bertelli, an English/Spanish to Italian legal translator. Since 2008 I have been working on contracts, judicial deeds, certificates, corporate translations for foreign clients who want to do business in Italy, get a dual citizenship or simply settle in my beautiful country.