Have you ever dreamed of owning a vacation home somewhere in the Italian countryside so you could jet off and forget about everything else in your life a few times a year? Well, if you happen to have $3.1 million, you can actually purchase your very own Tuscan village on eBay! Yes -- I said a village, not a villa.
A religious order has decided to try and unload the 800-year-old medieval town, called Pratariccia, by throwing the listing up on eBay in the hopes that a very rich bidder will be intrigued at the thought of owning an incredible piece of history.
Pratariccia sits on 20 acres of land and is composed of 25 cottages, which were abandoned by the farmers and shepherds who lived there 50 years ago. (Kinda creepy!)
The buildings have sat empty ever since and the village is completely deserted, but considering it's only about 25 miles from Florence, it's a pretty attractive piece of real estate -- and owning it is a once in a lifetime kind of opportunity.
The possibilities are really endless as to what you could do with this place if you have the cash. Wouldn't it be fun to just pick up and leave everything behind, and open up the village as a quaint bed & breakfast where tourists could come to relax, take in the scenery, and drink indulgent amounts of wine on a daily basis? (That's the first thing that pops into my head when I think of Tuscany.)
Or I guess if $3.1 million seems a little steep, you could get a bunch of friends and family to go in on it with you and share the village as a vacation compound. (Just make sure everyone really gets along well before placing a bid.)
But I guess it would also be pretty tempting to just keep the entire village for yourself and make it the ultimate private retreat to escape to when you really need a break from everything and everyone. Nothing says "leave me the hell alone" like a deserted village in Europe. (Maybe Katie Holmes should think about scooping it up.)
Take a look at the video clip below to hear more about the eBay listing.
What would you do with Pratariccia if you purchased it?
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