They bought a $1 house in Italy, then Covid-19 struck

Mussomeli castle

CNN. Silvia Marchetti. May 20, 2020

When Italian towns began offering houses for sale for little more than $1, they inspired legions of dreamers to take a gamble on moving to a remote corner of Italy. Although spending a few thousand dollars extra on renovating the property was usually part of the deal, it was sweetened by the prospect of a new life in an idyllic spot in a beautiful country. And then the coronavirus struck, plunging the world into crisis, with Italy among the worst affected countries.

So what happens when you’re quarantined in a crumbling home in a remote village where you barely speak the language and can’t get home to your loved ones? Does life quickly become a nightmare? Perhaps surprisingly given the hardships that followed, the answer seems to be no.

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