If your dream is to live in the countryside in southern Italy, then it might just come true. The town of Mussomeli in Southern Sicily is selling houses for just €1. Yes, it’s a bit more than $1, but it’s basically free. And obviously there’s a catch to own a house in Italy for just €1.
Anyone who buys one of these low-cost homes must agree to renovate it within a year. If not, the buyer loses their security deposit (about $8,000). There are also administrative fees, which can cost between $4,000 to $6,450. The town has put 100 empty properties up for sale online, with another 400 expected to follow. You can check out this website for more info.
Local architects and engineers are on hand to help with the work but buyers can also chose to get outside help.
Mussomeli, which sits two hours south east of Palermo, has Byzantine caves, a medieval castle as well as numerous ancient churches to sweeten the deal.
The move comes as Italians have left the rural areas for cities in recent years. There’s been some other cities that have resorted to the same home “giveaways”. The nearby city of Sambuca made a similar offer to homebuyers in January. In that case, buyers have to agree to invest $17,000 to fix up the homes over a three-year period. Ollolai, which is nestled in the mountain region of Barbagia on the island of Sardinia, offered 200 abandoned stone dwellings for just €1 each.
Mussomeli is a town of 11.000 people, located in the heart of Sicily. It is located in an inner hilly area, east of the Platani River, in Central Sicily, at 765 meters above sea level. It is 53 km from Agrigento, 58 km from Caltanissetta, 150 km from Catania Airport.
The weather is rather continental, rigid and dry in winter, warm and windy in the summer. The wind is a climatic element of the city. There are few snow-covered episodes in winter. The rains are concentrated in the months of January, February, March, April, October and December, almost completely absent in the summer. The temperature varies a lot: the winter maximum is 7-11 °C, while summer temperatures are 26-32 °C (with tips of 35 °C and above); The minimum temperatures range from 3-6 °C winter to 15-20 °C summer.