Here's how to get a free castle in Italy (seriously)

Here's how to get a free castle in Italy (seriously)Want a free castle in Italy? Sure, take one, your highness. But, as with everything good, there's a catch. As part of an initiative called the Strategic Tourist Plan, Italy is giving away 103 historic buildings — villas, inns, houses, towers, etc. to entrepreneurs willing to take them. (Yes, that means it could be you.) SEE ALSO: While the United fiasco unfolded, a travel writer made $ 11,000 off overbooked flights All the recipient must do is pledge to renovate the buildings, which are mainly in more remote areas of the country, in a way that will diversify Italy's tourism industry. This means transforming them into hotels, restaurants, visitor centers, spas, shops — anything that will attract tourist traffic. This will ideally help ease crowding in popular Italian tourist hubs like Venice and Milan, instead drawing crowds to chill, lesser-known spots along cycling paths, hiking trails, or religious walking routes. Does the work seem worth it? You'll need to submit a proposal to the State Property Agency by June 26. So, if you've dreamed for years of turning a beautiful castle into a go-kart track, now's your chance! We always knew you were royalty. :') WATCH: This bike helmet folds flat and can fit inside your backpack



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