Italy Is Giving Away 100 Castles For Free — All You Have To Do Is Say What You’d Do With It
I don’t care how old or rich you are — Everyone dreams of owning a real castle, especially an extravagant throwback to the 13th-century like the Castello di Montefiore in Italy. It’d be the ultimate place to live out your Game of Thrones fantasies and throw feasts with your friends — Think of the plates of perfectly-seasoned wild boar you’d dine over while yelling at your friends about LeBron’s performance while slowly getting drunk on casks of chianti from grapes grown in the castle’s vineyard. Castle life would be so incredibly badass.
Italy wants to promote tourism in off-the-beaten-path areas of the country. In order to do that, they’re loaning “100 buildings, including castles, old convents and historic towers” to potential tenants who propose plans on transforming the site into a working tourism area. In other words, you can pitch the Italian government your idea of hosting bacchanalian Game Of Thrones-style wild boar feasts and orgies to outside tourists and they might just give you a castle in the countryside to make that dream a reality. via:
“The goal is for private and public buildings which are no longer used to be transformed into facilities for pilgrims, hikers, tourists and cyclists […] the project will promote and support the development of the slow tourism sector.”
Here’s some more details, via Metro:
Close to Rome, for example, you can bag yourself the Castello di Blera in Lazio – an 11th-century house built by a local noble family, which is perched on a cliffside and still includes many of the original, medieval features.
To get yourself a free castle, all you have to do is submit a proposal outlining your plans to transform the heritage site.
You’ll own the rights to your property for nine years, after which you’ll able to renew your contract for a further nine years.
Really stellar proposals will be given a 50-year lease.
You’ve got to submit your application before 26 June, but if you miss the deadline, don’t fret. Apparently, the country is set to add another 200 buildings to the project over the next two years.
Submit your proposal here. Though fair warning: It probably helps if you read Italian first.