Basking in the sun along the Sardinia coast or gazing at the wonder of the Sistine Chapel definitely sounds like the perfect getaway after months of enjoying only your new pottery hobby.
However, living in Bel Paese, or the “beautiful country” as the Italian natives have come to call it, probably seems like an impossible reality.
Well, you’ll be shocked to hear that not only is it easy to purchase a little plot of land in the Italian countryside right now, but it’s cheap!
It’s no secret that people have been migrating to the big cities for the last decade, leaving rural towns to become nothing but a memory of a simpler time.
This has led small towns in the United States to offer land for practically nothing (or sometimes literally nothing) in hopes you’ll be enticed to come and enjoy the simple life.
Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, and Minnesota are all offering this once-in-a-lifetime deal!
But if you’ve always dreamed of living overseas, now may be the perfect chance.
Bicarri, Italy is a small town with a vanishing population, so the mayor of this quiet town is selling old homes for less than one month’s income for most American families.
The mayor, Gianfilippo Mignogna, expected to pique at least a few people’s interest – but was floored when he received over 20,000 emails after the offer was featured in an article by CNN.
“We were flooded with requests,” Gianfilippo Mignogna tells CNN. “Many people sent us touching letters of why they’d like to buy a house here and become part of our community, alongside their photos to introduce who they were.”
Some respondents even had stories about how their ancestors had migrated from that area generations before.
This was exactly what Mignogna was hoping for.
To have people from all walks of life – scientists, doctors, and craftsmen – make their way back to the countryside and help these small communities flourish once again.
So how much does a piece of land in Biccari cost?
Only €1, or a little over a dollar!
Most of us spend more than that in the checkout line just to get our kids to make it through the last moments of grocery shopping.
But say you’re not the home-reno type and want something more move-in ready. Well, you may have to dip into your savings to come up with the modest €7,500 – or $9,000 in U.S. dollars.
It’s quite enticing to consider living in the Italian countryside where you can sip the local wine, soak up the Puglia sun, or escape to the Mediterranean coast for the afternoon.
Only now it isn’t a far-off dream where you have to vacation from your office chair to see the sites – it’s actually an achievable goal and it costs way less than taking the family to Disneyworld for a week!