Sicilian town to give away historic houses for free in bid to halt ruin

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With its layers of terracotta-tiled houses overlooking the green and gold patchwork of Sicily’s countryside, you would not think this mountain town would struggle to attract residents. 

But Cammarata is the latest Italian municipality to try to bolster its dwindling population with discounted property, after decades of losing inhabitants to the lure of opportunities elsewhere.

In an effort to combat silent streets and crumbling infrastructure a number of towns in “Mezzogiorno”, as Italy’s south is known, have been taking part in a Case a 1 Euro (‘1 Euro Houses’) project, with properties being offered for as little as one euro – about 86p – in a bid to grow the population.

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