Remember that isolated and secluded castle you once dreamt about? Well, call us a genie but we discovered one for you to own! The Italian government is distributing 103 Italian historic sites on a complimentary basis. One may ask why? Well, to cajole you and me from the customary traveller spots, and boost tourism across the unconventional Italian towns and cities.
Now, let’s discuss what’s up for grabs! Remember that remarkable castle where Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise exchanged their vows, The Orsini-Odescalchi castle in Bracciano, Rome! I’m sure we’ve caught your attention. In addition to these age-old fascinating castles is a plethora of heritage sites which include timeworn monasteries, ancient inns, rural farmhouses, and sprawling fortresses, as well as the 13th-century Castello di Montefiore in the Marche region and the 11th-century Castello di Blera in Lazio, which sits on a cliff just outside of Rome.
Before you start booking your tickets to Rome, let us guide you through some caveats. First, you need to submit a proposal by June 26, with a thorough outline of how they plan to turn the property into a functioning heritage site for tourists, and successful applicants will then be granted a nine-year lease for the property. The initiative is part of Italy’s Strategic Tourist Plan, an effort by the State Property Agency and Ministry of Cultural Heritage to ease the strain on the country’s major tourist destinations.
Roberto Reggi, director general of 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.”