Have you heard that Italy is giving away houses for 1 euro?

Well, it’s true!

You can buy a house in Italy right now for a single euro.


I’m going to tell you how to score one.

Why is Italy giving away houses for 1 euro?

You’ve probably seen the headlines about the hundreds of homes being flogged for pennies in Italy recently. They were even unloading castles last year for practically nothing!

Sounds too good to be true, right? Some fake news making the rounds?

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Dreaming about an Italy trip in 2018 or beyond?

Behold our hot list of the best places to travel in Italy in 2018! These are the lesser-known spots that we’re lovin’ now.

1. Matera (Basilicata)


Why go?

Matera is a wise addition to your Italy trip in 2018. After all, this might be the last year that it can truly be considered “off the beaten path” — it’s been named European Capital of Culture for 2019, which will no doubt hotfoot it right onto the world’s radar. Go anytime before then and you’ll have the caves to yourself. In drizzling winter or in peak season summer, this place is nothing short of impressive.

What’s so special about it? Two words: cave dwellings. This is one of the few places on the planet that has been continuously inhabited since Paleolithic times. Paleowhaaaat? Just means these digs are old! The Sassi is a district in Matera characterized by 1500 prehistoric cave dwellings that were home to its inhabitants for thousands of years, until as recently as the 1950s.

The caves lay abandoned for decades until a group dedicated to restoring them stepped in and began to clean them up. By 1993 they had been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Little by little boutique hotels, restaurants and bars started to open up right in the caves themselves. On our gorgeous Southern Italy tour, we bring guests to stay in one of the most enchanting of these hotels.

Matera only just started to become a real tourism destination in 2014 — a mere four years ago! That’s virtually unheard of in Italy, one of the most visited countries on earth and home to places like Venice, which are practically (and literally!) sinking under the weight of the visitors that tromp through every year.  Now, we’re recommending it as one of the 5 Best Places to Travel in Italy in 2018!

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Here’s what I want to know:

How can one of the most unbelievably gorgeous parts of Italy also be one of the most underrated?

Sicily is a holiday destination that picky Italians and European travelers choose time and again. But it’s a region that is so often overlooked by the rest of the world.

And that’s a crime.

Because while you’re waiting in line for three hours to climb the Duomo in Florence, you could be in an equally stunning Sicilian city, and have the place almost entirely to yourself!

Also, almost everything is cheaper in Sicily — especially meals. The food is outstanding, but you’ll often pay much less for a five-course meal at a top restaurant there than you would on the mainland.

As you can tell, I adore Sicily.

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