Ghost Towns: The Lost Jewels

The nation is in the middle of a crisis. The light is slowly fading out and the people are nearly losing their hopes. Fighting against the foreseen, the government is trying to restore the lost glory brought by the failing economic stability. Somehow, in the verge of fighting, what is lost might be found and what has been destroyed might be restored in due time.

Many foreign property buyers are hooked with the idea of buying homes in Italy for more than 30 years. They started from Tuscany buying farmhouses and old stone houses that had been left falling apart by farmers who had fled the countryside to move to big cities to find a better job and a better life. Those remnants were being restored and are now earning more than one could ever imagine.

Nowadays, many foreign investors are still doing the same thing. Problem is, is there a good bargain left? Are there still any properties waiting to be restored by a motivated buyer and bring it back to life?

Well, definitely yes! These properties are not only found the famous regions such as Le Marche, Umbria, Abruzzo and throughout the rest of Italy. But, there is more to that as Italy is also abundant of whole villages and towns waiting to be discovered by motivated foreign investors who wants to purchase properties in Italy. These places yet to be discovered are referred to as the ghost towns of Italy.

Ghost towns are referred to because at times it is visited with natural disasters such as earthquakes, plagues or any other reasons which drove people not so far away. This made people to rebuild their houses and their lives, leaving their old homes and abandoning their old environment. So the image that a ghost town usually offers to its beholders is of a stunning, medieval, plenty of charm and history, empty town close to a much more modern, with all comforts, living town.

Standing proud as it was once, Salemi in Sicily is one example of a ghost town brought back to life. The recent mayor of Salemi had made an announcement regarding giving old, abandoned houses destroyed by the 1968 earthquake for a symbolic price of EUR1. The deal is that, buyers who will buy the property are bound to restore the property exactly the same as its old features while at the same have only the local restoration companies do the restoring job.

Another town that is famous being a ghost town before is Calitri in Campania. For the past decades, the town stayed abandoned. Its big break came to surface when a new restoration project has been proposed. Since then, the town became a famous town that provides homes for many foreign buyers and visitors from all over the world.

Around 400 abandoned villages in Italy are listed as ghost towns. They are scattered around Italy’s mainland. Although still quite often the ghost towns are considered more as a problem rather than as an opportunity by local administrations, things seem to be changing. This is attributed to the good examples showed by Calitri and the popularity that Salemi has gained throughout the world. This fact is added by the new holiday concept of “Alberghi diffusi”, a new way of considered accommodation. More than just the ordinary vertical hotels, they are referred to as the horizontal ones that are spread all over the village.

Indeed, these Italian ghost towns would surely shine its glory and prestige as the rightful buyer do the magic it all needed; and would greatly contribute in making Italy as wonderful place of jewels.

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