Your dream of a 35 bedroom, 48 bathroom castle is closer than you think! A new program, dubbed Cammini e Percorsi, which translates to "paths and routes," will allow people to apply to receive a historic castle or villa that has fallen into a state of disrepair.
Typically, the available structures are off the beaten path of the traditional tourist circuit. In fact, many of them are on biking and pilgrimage routes. From the Italian governtment's perspective, the program will both alleviate the overcrowding of popular cities like Venice and Florence, and allow for historic properties to be restored in a way that they would otherwise be unable to afford.
There are a couple catches. Building recipients are expected to make their structures accessible to the public, thereby increasing tourism. Additionally, Italy isn’t giving away these castles and villas ad infinitum. The leases will last nine years, with an option to extend the agreement for another nine years upon its expiration. The government is hoping to attract young entrepreneurs with this program, so if you’ve ever thought that you could start the next Bed And Breakfast, perhaps this is the springboard for you. The applications, which are already live, are due June 26.