Did you know you can get a house in Sicily for free?
No, this isn't some clickbait designed to lure you in with false promises. This is a genuine offer from Mayor Vincenzo Giambrone, desperate not to see his beloved hometown of Cammarata suffer from desertion.
Free houses in Cammarata, Sicily
The historic little town of Cammarata is just a short distance from Valle dei Templi – a desolately beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Site which would be at home amongst the relics of Ancient Greece. Nearby you’ll also find a waterpark, mountains and lakes. It’s also just 60 km south-east of Palermo. Archaeologically important, but also simply a wonderful and atmospheric place to be, it is certainly enticing that you may be able to get a home here for free.
The goal of Mayor Giambrone is to bring new residents back to this mountain town to ensure it continues for the future.
How can you get a free house in Sicily?
The good news is that the initiative is open to both Italians and those from overseas. Private individuals can apply as well corporate organisations, as long as they are reputable in line with anti-Mafia legislation, not in the process of insolvency, and as long as they make relevant welfare contributions.
Is there a catch?
The scheme needs to meet its objectives. For that reason, recipients of the property have to commit to renovating it within a three year period. To ensure this happens, they must pay a €5000 deposit which is returnable following completion of the works. The buyers also have to demonstrate that they have a clear refurbishment plan.
It’s also worth noting that young couples will get given priority when selecting successful applicants. Furthermore, if those couples go on to have a baby they will be given a €1000 bonus.
What if you don’t want to be tied to Cammarata?
Whilst this offer is exciting and enticing, it’s not the only way to find Sicilian property affordably. Take a look at our Italian real estate, or give us a call on +44 (0) 20 3137 5067 to discuss your requirements. We are sure we can help.