Cinquefrondi, a town in the tip of Italy’s boot, calls itself a “Covid-free village” after avoiding the ravages of the virus, and hopes its status will sweeten the appeal of homes it’s putting on the market for one euro.
The aim is to reverse a depopulation trend caused by younger folk heading off in search of work.
Despite the natural beauty of the rugged scenery, the town is scarred by ramshackle dwellings. Cinquefrondi merely requests an annual 250-euro policy insurance fee until renovation is completed. New owners are only liable to a fine of 20,000 euros in the unlikely event they do not complete the restyling within three years.
The one-euro houses are roughly 40 square meters wide, located in the historical ancient part of town. Some even have a small balcony with a view.
The houses once belonged to farmers, shepherds, artisans and tanners. There’s currently about a dozen available. Fully renovated houses can also be found at low prices.