Some things are truly too good to be true. In the case of this free Italian castle, you’re not going to get it without some sort of catch. As much as we all wish that it were a simple raffle, unfortunately Italy is hoping for some more entrepreneurial interest in the acquisitions of some of its most historical properties.
Translated from the official website, the properties available have quite the storied Italian history.
“A network of great historical, artistic and landscape value, selective of the entire national territory, to be recovered and reused for tourist-cultural purposes and for the development of the territories: this is the project ValorePaese - DIMORE.”
When many people gather in Milan and Venice, it can cause congestion issues for tourists. The Strategic Tourist Plan is Italy’s way of making the outskirts of the country more interesting to tourists. Essentially, the recipient of the property must vow to renovate it into something that is appealing to tourists and benefits the original structure. According to Mashable, these renovations could mean “transforming them into hotels, restaurants, visitor centers, spas, shops — anything that will attract tourist traffic.”
People shouldn’t worry about there being a lack of options either, there are over 200 properties to choose from up and down the Italian landscape. If you are looking to make real your imaginary version of an Italian Hogwarts, this might be your best opportunity yet.
Check out some of the official properties below.