The Reality of 1 Euro Houses in Italy

Abhinav Kumar
5 min readJun 25, 2023

Have you heard about houses for sale in Italy for only 1 euro?

Photo by Jana Kunz on Unsplash

Undoubtedly, the allure of the opportunity was strong. Upon hearing about it, I too felt a great deal of interest in exploring it. However, I found myself completely unaware of where to begin and what factors to consider. I had numerous questions: Where are these houses located? What is their current condition? Why are they being sold at such a remarkably low price, almost for free? With these uncertainties in mind, I decided to plan a trip to one of the Italian islands, Sicily and specifically visited cities like Palermo, Catania, and nearby cities where these houses were available for 1 euro. This added an additional dimension to my journey, allowing me to explore these houses and observe the local way of life while also enjoying the beauty of the island itself.

Map with markers focusing Sicily Island

Why a house is on sale for 1 euro in Italy?

Italy is a very important country in terms of cultural heritage: 58 sites have been declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco. But the central role of Italy lies not only in the quantity but rather in the quality of the cultural heritage. Other factors influence this role such as the harmony between the cities and the landscape, the strong presence in the territory of the heritage, and the historical cultural values. Only a relatively small portion of the artistic resources resides in the museums, while the rest is scattered in the cities and in the countryside.

The incredible heritage Italy possesses is the result of the centuries-old accumulation of wealth and civilization. The main factor contributing to this accomplishment is the “Italian model” of culture and the preservation of neglected assets.

Consequently, the management of abandoned properties, whether they are privately or publicly owned, should not be considered a burden but rather a valuable resource for cultural development.

In improvement and redevelopment projects, the emphasis should be on prioritizing existing buildings, aiming to minimize extensive alterations in order to preserve the historical and…

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Abhinav Kumar

Software Engineer @Zalando, Living in Germany, Tech enthusiast, Story Teller, Write about my learning and experiences in tech and in life.