Castropignano is the latest town to join Italy’s One Euro House scheme and plans to ‘matchmake’ every buyer with the right property in the medieval hilltop village.

It follows in the footsteps of several other Italian villages, which have sold off homes with minute price tags to encourage people to settle in rapidly emptying parts of the country.

Castropignano is located in the Molise region in the Province of Campobasso, on a craggy hilltop around an hour’s drive from the region’s 35km of coastline. It’s home to a medieval castle, supposedly built over the remains of a Samnite fortress.

Properties will cost just €1; however, its mayor wants to know potential buyers’ plans before matching them with a building in the village. He also cautions that Castropignano’s narrow streets cannot accommodate cars, so the town isn’t suitable for motorheads.


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Once buyers have secured a building, they’ll need to hand over a deposit of €2,000 – which will be refunded once the property is fully renovated. If that all sounds tempting, the village’s mayor can be applied to directly at

[h/t CNN Travel]

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