You can now buy a house in the ‘City of Wine’, Sicily, for just one Euro
One thing you can bank on in this wild world of ours is houses in Italy going up for sale for one Euro – and the latest crop look particularly enticing, situated as they are in Sicily’s ‘City of Wine’.
Yes, this month, houses on the slopes of Mount Etna in Sicilian town, Castiglione di Sicilia, 900 homes are going up for sale for the nominal price of just one Euro.
Situated enviously near the beaches on Sicily’s east coast, most of the homes are in the oldest part of the town. Around half of them are in a state of ruin, and will therefore be sold at the lowest price of one Euro. Other houses are in more rude health, and thus will still be sold cheaply, but with a starting price of 4,000 Euros.
“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,” Mayor Antonino Camarda said.
“We’ve carried out an in-depth study cataloguing each property based on maps and land registry data. According to their conditions buildings will be sold at different prices, starting from €1,” he added.
Castiglione di Sicilia looks over the Alcantara valley and wine estates surround the landscape, hence the City of Wine monika. Local vineyards produce varieties such as Carricante, Catarratto, and Nerello Mascalese.
Buyers must complete renovation works on the properties within three years and take out an insurance policy from a bank.
“It would cost the new owner €100 per year, which seems a fairer sum then a deposit guarantee,” the mayor said.
For more information on the project and how to make a purchase, you can visit its website here.