Italy’s Doling Out Castles For Free, But There’s A Catch

In an effort to boost tourism, Italy has decided to give away over 100 unused buildings, including castles. There is, of course, there’s a catch.

Anyone who receives one of these buildings must promise to renovate it and make it a destination for tourists. According to Local Italy, the purpose of this incredible giveaway is to boost “slow tourism” and draw folks out of the crowded city centers.

These buildings would be excellent destinations for bikers, hikers and basically anyone looking to get away and see the Italian countryside—at least, that’s the idea.

Italian countryside photo

According to the publication, winners will have nine years to get started making renovations with the possibility to extend the contract for another nine years.

The State Property Agency and the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage have teamed up to create this tourism plan.

“The project will promote and support the development of the slow tourism sector,” Roberto Reggi from the State Property Agency told The Local. “The goal is for private and public buildings which are no longer used to be transformed into facilities for pilgrims, hikers, tourists, and cyclists.”

Italian countryside photo