Italy's giving castles away for FREE and here's how YOU can get one

News 18/05/2017

Spend $1.5 million on a two bedroom apartment in Grey Lynn and live with a crippling mortgage for the rest of your life.... or head over to Italy and score yourself a legit castle. FOR FREE. 

All you have to do is describe what you'd do with it. 

I'd convert it into that Mario level that's based in a Castle, and people could hoon around on go-karts.



Here's some details via Metro:

The goal is for private and public buildings which are no longer used to be transformed into facilities for pilgrims, hikers, tourists and cyclists […] the project will promote and support the development of the slow tourism sector.

Close to Rome, for example, you can bag yourself the Castello di Blera in Lazio – an 11th-century house built by a local noble family, which is perched on a cliffside and still includes many of the original, medieval features.

To get yourself a free castle, all you have to do is submit a proposal outlining your plans to transform the heritage site.

You’ll own the rights to your property for nine years, after which you’ll able to renew your contract for a further nine years.

Really stellar proposals will be given a 50-year lease.

You’ve got to submit your application before 26 June, but if you miss the deadline, don’t fret. Apparently, the country is set to add another 200 buildings to the project over the next two years.

I'd throw a huge rave. Those castles raves look cool. Although I wouldn't invite Kirby because he'd want to do weird shit in the dungeon.

This is not a joke. What are you waiting for? 

Submit your proposal here. Although if your Italian is a little rusty, you may need some help.

And you'll want to get creative, seen as they've put this out to the world, there'll be a fair few proposals.

Couple ideas from the George office to get you thinking... 

"I'd fill the moat with rubber duckies and raro." 

"I'd convert it into a Mario level that's based in a Castle and people could hoon around on go-karts."  

"I'd make a Monthy Python - Holy Grail reenactment." 

"Or make it like a legit Vikings battle scene, kinda like them 'Escape-A-Rooms', but the opposite 'Capture-the-Castle'." 

Fuck yeah, who wouldn't want to be Ragnar Lothbrok for the day?

"I'd have the ultimate epic meal time, authentic banquet, open 24/7, where everyone wandered around with big beards and meaty chicken drumsticks."  

"I'd throw a huge rave. Those castles raves look cool. Although I wouldn't invite Kirby because he'd want to do weird shit in the dungeon."

"I'd turn it into a Game of Thrones themed brothel."

"Call it Game of Bones like that movie." 

"What kind of movie is that, Willy?"