Pratola Peligna, the Abruzzo village with houses for 1 euro

In the picturesque town of Pratola Peligna, onAbruzzo Apennines a few kilometers from Sulmona, a project to relaunch the middle age village with the sale of the old stone houses for 1 euro. Traditions, culture and a breathtaking landscape are the visiting card that conquers the visitor. Overlooking a pristine valley (in the cover photo) bathed by streams and streams, surrounded by forests and famous ski resorts (Roccaraso and Pescasseroli, just to name a couple, ed), and the trails of the Majella National Park, the medieval village is ready to shine.

The stone village in search of revival

Rural atmosphere, old world charm, and slow rhythms. This is the postcard of Pratola Peligna (below, in the photo) where the municipal administration has decided to intervene to save the historic district, known as Schiavonia, and its stone houses put up for sale for the symbolic amount of 1 euro, as long as the new owners renovate them and live them for at least a few months a year. A maze of narrow alleys (where cars do not pass) arches and residences of the peasant bourgeoisie: the houses of Pratola Peligna are all small: about 70 square meters, with wrought iron balconies, cellar and the typical steps leading to the front door, which once served not to block the entrance to the house due to heavy snowfall. The population today has more than halved. Young people fled elsewhere in search of work, and the L’Aquila earthquake in 2009 destroyed many properties. Now, with the “1 euro houses” project we want to give new impetus to this corner of paradise in Abruzzo.

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The rules for buying a house for 1 euro in Pratola Peligna

The Municipality has mapped the abandoned properties and contacted the old owners. Either they agreed to renovate the family home to prevent it from collapsing or sagging, or they handed the property over to local authorities. Many have done this to avoid the burden and expense of maintaining buildings by making them available for sale. To grab one house in Pratola Peligna for 1 euro, there is no need to pay a deposit of 5 thousand euros (as in other similar realities), but the new owners will have to guarantee to renovate their new home. Works of renovation within three years from the purchase and presentation of a detailed project of the work to be carried out in the low cost dwelling within six months, under penalty of a fine of 10 thousand euros to those who do not respect the time limits set by the regulation.


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