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In the Covid-Free Italian Town of the ‘Last Greeks’ you can Buy a House for 1 Euro – Greek Reporter


MUNICIPALITY OF CINQUEFRONDI/Tullio Pronesti

Cinquefrondi, a village in the southern region of Calabria, Italy, made headlines around the world for its offering of homes for 1 euro ($ 1.10) to encourage people to move there and help restore the place into its former glory.

Mayor Michele Conia has launched Operation Beauty, a project aiming to stop young people from moving elsewhere in search of work. The idea is that the cheap property in a beautiful setting will lure people to come and give new life to the town.

Another great advantage of Cinquefrondi is that it has not been touched by the COVID-19 pandemic. Unlike most of the rest of Italy that saw close to 35,000 deaths and almost 240,000 cases, Cinquefrondi is a haven of health at the moment.

However, buyers are obligated to restore the house they buy. Renovations shouldn’t cost too much, though, as the homes on offer are pretty small at around 40 square meters (about 430 square feet).  The mayor estimates that costs are between €10,000 and €20,000.

Other than its ragged, bucolic beauty and the mountainous terrain in the toe of the boot of Italy, Cinquefrondi carries a rich history, dating back to Ancient Greece. Its residents call themselves the “Last Greeks” and one can hear Ancient Greek words in their regional dialect.

The town was a strategic outpost during the Greek
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