According to the Business Insider for only $333,057 (that’s 245,000 euros) you can buy an Italian village on Ebay. The northwestern borgo of Calsazio located in the Comune della Valle Orco is FOR SALE. Near the Gran Paradiso National Park just 50 miles from the city of Turin, in an area that was once part of a royal hunting reserve for King Vittorio Emanuele II, a quaint, if slightly run down town with 14 timber and stone houses need some TLC. The townspeople are hoping to find a buyer to renovate and breathe new life into their Alpine village that has experienced a decline in the population as young people head for the cities in search of work.
Described as a “real fixer upper”(meaning that it is in need of significant renovation work in order to meet certain architectural and historical standards), the appeal and romanticism of an abandoned Italian house in need of some tender loving care is the stuff of Frances Mayes’ 1996 memoir Under the Tuscan Sun. The idea of renovating and repurposing old and abandoned things has become popular these days. Depressed economic times lend themselves to innovative solutions. Repurposed suitcases, truck springs, bicycle tires, car parts and coffins are featured on this bloggers FIXR site. But tackling a whole village takes a village and although the property has been described as a bargain to buy, fixing it up may require the likes of a Brunello Cucinelli.
*in 1985 Cucinelli began buying up and restoring the almost in ruins town of Solomeo, near Perugia in Umbria as a home for his cashmere business