This US couple bought and renovated a 14th-century Italian home

CNN Travel. 16 March 2023. Tamara Hardingham-Gill


Buying and renovating a home in Italy was something Doug and Leah Johnson had often dreamed about.

The couple, who are based in Gloucester, Massachusetts, say they’d sometimes go to view houses while vacationing in the European country.

But splashing out on a property there hadn’t seemed like a viable option until Doug came across a listing for a 14th-century apartment in the town of Vasanello, located in the Italian region of Lazio, with a sale price of just 13,000 euros (about $13,450).

“The idea of something that was built in the 14th or 15th century was just really intriguing,” Doug Johnson tells CNN Travel, explaining that he has a penchant for “fixing up old buildings.”

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