Want a free castle in Italy? Sure, take one, your highness. But, as with everything good, there’s a catch.
As part of an initiative called the Strategic Tourist Plan, Italy is giving away 103 historic buildings villas, inns, houses, towers, etc. to entrepreneurs willing to take them. (Yes, that means it could be you.)
All the recipient must do is pledge to renovate the buildings, which are mainly in more remote areas of the country, in a way that will diversify Italy’s tourism industry. This means transforming them into hotels, restaurants, visitor centers, spas, shops anything that will attract tourist traffic.
This will ideally help ease crowding in popular Italian tourist hubs like Venice and Milan, instead drawing crowds to chill, lesser-known spots along cycling paths, hiking trails, or religious walking routes.
Does the work seem worth it? You’ll need to submit a proposal to the State Property Agency by June 26. So, if you’ve dreamed for years of turning a beautiful castle into a go-kart track, now’s your chance!
We always knew you were royalty. :’)