Proving that property deals in Tuscany are not just the preserve of rock stars and aristocrats, an entire Tuscan village has gone up for sale.
According to reports in Guardian today, this small village nestled among oaks at 850 metres altitude is blessed with stunning views over the Casentino valley. The medieval village of Pratariccia has stood empty for 50 years, ever since its population of farmers and shepherds abandoned their stone cottages for factory jobs during Italy’s economic boom.
Now the owners of the remote village – reportedly a religious order – are seeking to cash in with an online sale.
“They tried and failed to sell the village through agencies for years but have got a lot of attention by putting Pratariccia on eBay and should get a result,” said Luca Santini, mayor of nearby Stia, who walked in the woods around the village as a child picking mushrooms.
Pratariccia is being eyed by developers as potential hotels – where guests get their own cottage – or health spas, or boltholes for Italian émigrés to return to for retirement, like San Basile in Calabria, which has been selling empty cottages cheaply.