For the small price of just €2,500,000, an entire Tuscan village could be yours!
Recently listed on eBay, the medieval village town of Pratariccia in the Casentino valley has been vacant for nearly 50 years, ever since its population of farmers and shepherds abandoned their stone cottages for factory jobs during Italy’s economic boom.
The owners of the village are reportedly a religious group looking to finally cash in. (translated)
PRATARICCIA – STIA – Arezzo (ITALY) for 50 years deserted medieval village, perched on a scenic plateau at Mt. 850 slm. Consisting of 25 homes, completely rebuilt. Other agricultural buildings for a total of approx. 5,000. Possible transfer of books and do other techniques such as new buildings or ancillary to the environment. 8 acres pasture and arable soil. You can buy more land. Driveway up to Mt. 800 from the village. Completely built of stone and renovation.
Florence KM. 40, the direction of the step consumes.
Very close to the Hermitage of Camaldoli, the castle of Poppi, the sanctuary of La Verna and the Benedictine monastery of La Verna.
The village borders the National Park of Casentino Forests, where the river Arno from the mountain Falterona.
Price € uro 2,500,000.00 negotiable
Owning your own village is a good conversation starter, so someone buy this thing. Beware there are a few areas that need touch up though.
Local estate agent Carlo Magni, who is handling the sale through eBay’s classified section, admitted another €1m would be needed to do up the crumbling cottages, provide electricity and add a road. “Right now you can get to within 800 metres in a jeep, then you’re walking,” he said.
But, he added: “It’s a stupendous location, 40km from Florence, with hermits still living in the nearby hermitage of Camaldoli and all the castles you’ll ever need, dating from when Siena and Arezzo fought over the area.”
And more on what’s to come.
“Italy is deep in an economic crisis and needs to sell,” said Magni. “Finding buyers through the trade press costs, whereas eBay is free and reaches a huge public. It’s good for selling small things, but I think we will see a lot more Italian villages and even castles coming up for sale.”
So maybe you don’t need to buy this village. It sounds like you’ll have your choice of a slew of villages and castles soon to be for sale.