DUBAI 17 April 2019: To combat depopulation, stunning Italian villages are offering homes for $1 which you can apply for online, before even getting on a plane.
Now two Italian destinations, Zungoli and Mussomeli, are hoping to lure in new residents by launching websites that promise to match buyers with their dream property, relatively fuss-free, according to CNN Travel. If you spot a photo of a house you like online, you can apply for it before even jumping on a plane.
Set atop a sandstone hill and close to the Amalfi coast, Zungoli was named one of Italy’s Most Beautiful Villages in 2015. Meanwhile, the larger Italian town of Mussomeli, in Sicily, has views of the Etna volcano and the Valley of Temples.
Paolo Caruso, Mayor of Zungoli, one of the villages offering bargain-rate houses, said: “I’ve created a special task force of young volunteers who assist buyers, liaising with convenient construction firms for the restyle… Transparency is key but people must really come see for themselves the beauty of the place, taste the great food and breathe the fresh healthy air.”
Caruso said the town of Zungoli has been improved to welcome new residents. “We want to make things easy for new buyers… My town has upgraded infrastructure, public LED lights and great Wi-Fi. Piazzas and pavements have just been revamped. Life quality is important.”
Heritage Councillor Toti Nigrelli of Mussomeli, said: “Original owners call us each day to dispose of their old houses… Looking down you see the valley covered in a dense blanket of clouds as if the town were suspended mid-air. We want customers to experience all this.”