A view of the village of Sambuca di Sicilia, Italy.
Sambuca is not the first place to try and jolt the local economy by offering housing at bargain-basement prices.
Detroit, Michigan, has tried to fill run-down homes this way. Gary, Indiana, recently introduced its Dollar House Program. Officials there used a lottery system to offer home ownership to those who otherwise wouldn't be able to afford it.
Meanwhile, local communities in Japan have listed vacant country homes for free.
And other Italian towns facing depopulation crises have launched similar initiatives. Last year the Sardinian town of Ollolai announced a plan to sell 200 homes for €1 each. And in 2017 the town of Candela in Puglia announced a plan to actually pay people to move there.
If you're interested in taking advantage of the offer in Sambuca, you better act fast.
"Some 10 houses have already been sold," Cacioppo says. "Dozens of others are available but badly in need of a makeover. We've been contacted by people from Switzerland, France and Spain and are receiving many requests."
Written by:Yoni Blumberg| @YoniBlum
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