This pretty Italian village is selling houses for just one euro each and we’re seriously tempted

Early retirement? Yes please

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If you’ve scanned our unique Christmas gifts list and are still struggling to find the perfect present for your loved one, we may have just found the best Christmas present, ever.

Castropignano, an idyllic Italian village set in the rolling hills of central Italy is selling  houses, starting at a miraculous one euro each. The village currently has a population of around 900 residents and boasts a medieval castle, as well as being perfectly placed to reach both the east and west coasts of Italy.

village and fields in Italy

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How do I buy a €1 euro house?

The trend for selling €1 euro houses is not a new one, since 2018 a host of depopulated towns and villages throughout Italy have been auctioning off houses for tiny prices through the One Euro House Scheme, in a bid to bring life back into these emptying regions. 

Castropignano’s mayor Nicola Scapillati announced last month that officials in the region would be giving away homes in the village for a nominal fee of just one euro. 

"I welcome anyone who would like to purchase a new home here to email me directly (nicola.scapillati[AT] with a detailed plan of how they intend to restyle and what they would like to do with the property – make it a home, B&B, store or artisan shop.”

"We've got nothing grand to offer except peacefulness, silence, pristine nature, oxygen-rich air, great views and fantastic food, ideal to detox from the daily stress," Scapillati told CNN.

After the unprecedented events of the past year, it makes sense that people are seriously considering their long-term life plans, aims and ambitions, so why not make a bid? The fresh country air of Italy could be exactly what you’ve been waiting for. 

Lydia Swinscoe
Travel writer & editor

Lydia is a travel writer and editor, based mostly in London. Her work has been published in print and online for the likes of Harper's Bazaar UK, ELLE UK, Marie Claire US, Condé Nast Traveller Middle East, Town&Country, BBC Good Food, Oh magazine, MailOnline, and woman&home.