Italian town selling off abandoned homes for €1

Italian town selling off abandoned homes for €1 in an attempt to reverse a trend of depopulation.

OVER the next few weeks, dozens of dilapidated properties will go under the hammer in Salemi in Sicily, with prices starting at €1.

Town mayor, Domenico Venuti, told CNN Travel he wants to breathe new life into Salemi, which saw its population drop considerably when at least 4,000 residents left after an earthquake that shook Sicily’s Belice Valley in 1968.

He said all the buildings belong to the city council, which allows for a speedy sale with less red tape.

Venuti pointed out that prior to launching the scheme, the council first had to revamp old parts of Salemi where the houses are located.

This meant upgrading infrastructure and services, including roads, sewage pipes and electric grids.

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