(CNN) — If you have actually been attracted to get among the worn out residences marketed in Italy for bit greater than $1 however had doubts regarding the inconvenience of refurbishing it, one community has a deal that could simply attract you.
Biccari, deep in the southeastern area of Puglia, is additionally liquidating worn out residences valued at €1, however unlike various other locations, it additionally has deal offers on ready-to-occupy locations.
Prices of vacant complete residences begin as reduced as €7,500 ($9,000). Most remain in the variety of €10,000-€13,000.
The sale becomes part of Mayor Gianfilippo Mignogna’s objective to conserve his troubling home town from the tomb after years of individuals delegating seek work in Italy’s cities or abroad, mostly to the United States. The sluggish exodus has actually taken a toll on a populace that came to a head at 5,000 in the 1950s.
“We’re barely 2,000 residents,” he informs CNN. “Depopulation is an open wound, a steady phenomenon. Locals keep leaving and while most used to come back during the summer to visit, now they no longer do so. Many habitable houses are empty and are falling into oblivion.”
He states he currently wishes to recoup the structures they left.
Biccari’s mayor states much of the residences it has for sale prepare to inhabit.
Courtesy Comune Biccari
“One day I was wandering through the old center, and it struck me how so many cute little homes in a perfect shape had been shut for years, tucked away in silent alleys, with signs ‘for rent or sale’ that nobody sees.
“I believed the very best means was to entail those no-longer interested proprietors to offer them straight off.”
There are roughly a dozen €1 and 20 “upper-scale” homes available but potentially more than 100 empty buildings in Biccari are in need of new occupants.
Photos and maps of the properties will soon be put online on the town hall website but interested people are invited to contact Mignogna (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The online platform will be divided into two sections: €1 homes and cheap houses.
Those who settle for a dilapidated €1 dwelling must stump up a guarantee sum of €3,000 to be returned once the works are completed, possibly within three years. But unlike other Italian towns that have launched similar schemes, the completion deadline will be extended if work is well underway and there’s a good reason to for the delay.
The ‘roof’ of Puglia
Biccari is located in deepest Puglia, in southeastern Italy.
Courtesy Comune Biccari
Biccari boasts an impressive location. Straddling the border between three regions — Puglia, Molise and Campania — it’s surrounded by the pristine Daunia Mountains, thick forests, herd-grazing fields, olive groves and a lake.
Biccari is set at the foot of the region’s highest peak, Monte Cornacchia (aka the Carrion Crow’s Mount). From the top, there’s a view stretching to the Adriatic Coast, the Gargano Promontory and the Tremiti Islands. The area is known as “the roof covering of Puglia.”
Biccari’s name is believed to stem from the Italian word “bicchiere,” meaning glass, as the village has the shape of an upside-down cup.
The countryside is dotted with ruins of prehistoric settlements and old farms.
Founded by the ancient Romans on the ashes of a primitive village, Biccari went on centuries later to flourish in the Middle Ages. Not much is left of its old fortified walls but one single tower that still stands at the village entrance and hosts art shows and museum exhibitions.
A land of shepherds, monks and once even outlaws, Biccari is surrounded by a network of old trails and trekking paths winding across hills equipped picnic areas. It’s a wild patch of Puglia roamed by wolves, foxes and wild boars.
“We’re an edge of heaven, perfect for sluggish- ourism,” says Mignogna. “The fresh hill air and also natural environments supply a detoxification, unplugged remain much from city mayhem, air pollution and also sound.”
Securing the future
Like many Italian towns, Biccari has suffered from depopulation over the years.
Courtesy Comune Biccari
Biccari’s cobblestone alleys are lined with old and brightly colored newer houses. Crumbling stone dwellings with cracked wooden doors, broken window panes and peeling wall paint are juxtaposed with picture-perfect homes with ornate stone arches, little courtyards and painted windows with flower pots.
The €1 and more expensive houses on sale are all located in the ancient district surrounding the majestic tower. The turnkey houses are smaller, roughly 50-70 square meters spread over two floors, some with views of the green rolling hills dotted with wind turbines. Shut for years, most are second homes of emigrant families, well kept but no longer used by their descendants.
New owners might want to make minimal changes depending upon personal tastes but the mayor says the cheap houses are already habitable, and perhaps a better deal than those on sale for €1, as their price could be lower than the cost of renovating a more dilapidated building.
Mignogna says that reaching out to the heirs of the dilapidated homes, who are often spread across the world, can be troublesome but reviving the old district is also a matter of safety.
“I will certainly expropriate the homes of old proprietors that do not response to our phone call to change their unpredictable family members home or conversely hand it over to us. Roof floor tiles usually diminish which’s a risk for passersby. The community’s metropolitan design should be safeguarded.”
Biccari is bordered by countryside with treking tracks and also picnicking areas.
Courtesy Comune Biccari
While the town might want an extensive transformation, the landscapes is picturesque. The bordering timbers supply “nature-adventure” stays and experiences including lessons on environmental awareness, archery and survival skills sessions.
There are treehouses where tourists can sleep suspended above the ground and acrobatic “tree strolls” on ropes.
Biccari has a dark past, some of which is portrayed in strange images that decorate the village’s walls. Portals of old houses bear signs of battles and attacks by outlaws and secessionists fighting against the “dictatorial” Italian state back in the 1800s. Murders and hangings are said to have taken place in the public piazza.
Fiery locals are proud of their bandit heritage. Villagers used to shelter wanted outlaws and still celebrate them as heroes. A “bloody” tourist guided trail leads visitors to key places of uprising with sculptures of historically significant people who lost their lives.
Another Biccari hero is native Ralph de Palma, a popular Italian-American race-car driver who won the 1915 Indianapolis 500 after migrating to the States. A museum in town is dedicated to him.
Cheese and sausages
American racing driver Ralph De Palma was born in Biccari.
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The region is known for its waistline-stretching food. At the annual pizze e furne aperte fair, tourists are treated to a special kind of flat white pizza made in open ovens using an ancient technique. Chili powder is sprinkled on top.
It’s a cheese heaven. “U’ Mascjuottele” is a premium hard cheese made with local goat’s milk. It can be eaten fresh or dry and grated over dishes. Goats in Biccari are known as “the cows of the bad” and also have actually constantly been the primary resource of healthy proteins.
The added virgin olive is just one of Puglia’s most mouthwatering and also the initial trees are thought to have actually been brought by old Greek colonizers.
Sausages made with wild child black hog, which has a more delicious meat, are one more leading special. Families hang salami and also sausages from ceiling hooks. And there are lots of pasta plates with costs regional truffles and also wild hill blossoms and also natural herbs.
And in situation you’re stressing it may be also silent, mythology dancing celebrations are frequently kept in the old area with standard vocal singing deep right into the evening.