Now on eBay: Whole Italian Village, $3M
Tuscan residents not included
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Jun 29, 2012 8:26 AM CDT
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(Newser) – Ever dreamed of a Tuscan home? How about an entire town? If you've got $3.1 million to spare, you could score one on eBay, the Telegraph reports. The 800-year-old village of Pratariccia is for sale on the auction site; the buyer will get 25 run-down houses among scenic hills not far from Florence. You won't be purchasing any new friends, though: Pratariccia has been empty since the 1960s.

"It's a unique once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to own your very own Tuscan hamlet, and the price is a complete bargain," says the agent in charge of the sale. The property is currently owned by a monastic order. Posted in the classified section of the site rather than the bidding section, the village had been listed for $6.3 million, but the price has since dropped; two offers have fallen through. Local officials say it's an incredible development opportunity—but the buyer will have his work cut out for him, notes Business Insider: The stone homes are collapsing and plants are taking over.

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Jun 30, 2012 10:07 AM CDT
:( I wish it was closer to the coast. Oh well. :(
Jun 29, 2012 7:32 PM CDT
Bah! - let me know when they choose to sell Poveglia Island and THEN I'll start gathering investors...
Jun 29, 2012 10:07 AM CDT
"Pratariccia has been empty since the 1960s." No peasants, no sale.