Sicily

From Sunny Retreat to Forever Home

Scott Thompson first arrived in Sicily in 2007 in search of a warm and sunny holiday escape from rainy Manchester, UK. A home builder by profession, he purchased a small house in Cianciana for €5,000 and planned to come for three months to work on it. Unfortunately, Scott did not purchase his house through either a comune or a licensed realtor. The resulting problems caused him to spend the next 10...

Mussomeli Sicily

‘It may seem too good to be true but it really isn’t’

iNews. James Imam. September 17, 2021. A house in dreamy Sicily could still be yours for the price of an espresso and a croissant. But be warned: the prices have doubled. In 2019, you could pick up a dilapidated abode in Sambuca di Sicilia for as little as €1. In the second batch of 20 houses to be auctioned from November, the bidding starts at €2. Even so, buyers get a lot for their money. The...

Meredith Tabbone in front of her €1 house in Sambuca di Sicilia.

American buys €1 house – sight unseen – and couldn’t be happier

Meredith Tabbone in front of her 1 euro house in Sambuca di Sicilia. In 2019, a friend forwarded a CNN article about a Sicilian town selling houses for just 1 euro to Meredith, an American of Sicilian descent living in Chicago. Sambuca di Sicilia, the town mentioned in the article, just happened to be the birthplace of her great-grandfather.  To combat population decline, the town was auctioning 16...

Italy town puts price of cheap homes up to €2

CNN. Silvia Marchetti. July 16, 2021 Of the countless dwindling Italian towns that have opted to sell dilapidated homes for just one euro, Sambuca di Sicilia has undoubtedly been the most successful. Approximately 16 dwellings have been snapped up for €1 here since the scheme was first announced by CNN Travel in 2019, and Sambuca has been in the spotlight ever since. The global attention led to...

CNN article on millennials returning to Sicily

The millennials using Covid to change Sicily’s €1 home schemes

CNN. Julia Buckley. May 25, 2021 (CNN) — In 2019, the Sicilian town of Cammarata made headlines around the world with its daring bid for new residents. Everyone's heard of Italy's €1 house schemes, of course. But how about a town giving away houses for free? Cammarata promised to waive the standard symbolic fee for those wanting to start a new life there. There was just one problem. So...

Rural Italy Had a Pandemic Renaissance. Can It Last?

Bloomberg City Lab. Stefania D'Ignoti. May 21, 2021 After thousands of young workers fled urban lockdowns to the countryside, village leaders are trying to make sure they stay. It’s easier said than done.  A Medieval hamlet perched in the Madonie mountains of Sicily, Castelbuono looks straight out of a fairy tale, with narrow, winding streets and a stone-walled castle from the 14th...

Mussomeli Sicily

How to buy a €1 home in Sicily without ruining its culture

CNN. Julia Buckley. May 13, 2021 When Alexandra Stubbs heard a friend had bought one of Italy's infamous €1 houses, she felt a little rattled." I did the usual kind of thing -- what the hell's that all about, how is that going to work? I'm really skeptical," she says.But underneath the skepticism, there was something else, too." I absolutely loved Sicily from visits in my 20s and...

Woman who bought three of Italy’s $1.50 houses reveals cost to live in them

News.com.au. The Sun. Jacob Bentley-York. May 5, 2021 A US woman who bought three of Italy’s €1 houses has warned of the real price of renovating the bargain-priced properties. Solar consultant and business owner, Rubia Daniels, took up the fantastic offer in Mussomeli, Sicily – but quickly realised rather than just €1 ($A1.50) that it would total a massive €60,000 ($A93,000). The...

Castiglione Sicily offering 1 euro houses

Another Italian town is selling houses for one euro

CNN. Silvia Marchetti. April 26, 2021 The pandemic is raging, quarantine rules are changing by the day, and there's still uncertainty over when we might vacation again, but one thing remains constant in the travel world: the €1 houses of Italy. This month, it's the turn of another Sicilian town, Castiglione di Sicilia, to offer houses for the price of a coffee. On the slopes of Mount Etna, near...

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