Idyllic Italian town gives away homes for free after buildings left abandoned

Independent. Helen Coffey. November 4, 2019.

Another Italian town has resorted to giving away historic buildings for free in order to attract new residents and revive its fortunes.

Cammarata in Sicily is the latest destination to lure inhabitants with the promise of complimentary housing after more than 100 buildings in the historic centre have been left abandoned.

Vincenzo Giambrone, the mayor of Cammarata, has convinced former owners of these buildings to give them to those who can breathe new life into the town.

I can’t stand to see this gorgeous, old historical centre empty and turn into a ruin, he told CNN Travel. It hurts me.

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