Three Italian Villages Where You Can Buy a House for Less Than A Cup of Coffee

Three Italian Villages Where You Can Buy a House for Less Than A Cup of Coffee

The Daily Mail reports on three depopulated Italian towns — Gangi (Sicily), Carrega Ligure (Piedmont), and Lecce nei Marsi (Abruzzo) — that are offering real estate for about €1 down…plus a commitment of €25,000 in renovations and upkeep. They are set in villages that are just a hairs-breadth away from becoming one of Italy’s fabled ‘ghost…

A Bribe-Free Holiday in Sicily
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A Bribe-Free Holiday in Sicily

The brave work of the anti-mafia organization AddioPizzo.org was recently brought to my attention. “Addio Pizzo” means “Goodbye, Pizzo,” the latter word meaning the protection money that hundreds of businesses throughout Sicily have had to pay to the powerful, omnipresent mafia. AddioPizzo was formed in 2004 after a group of young Sicilian entrepreneurs, afraid that…

Carnival in Italy: Floats, Parades, and Other Carnevale Celebrations
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Carnival in Italy: Floats, Parades, and Other Carnevale Celebrations

The following post refers to information about carnival during normal times. Carnival celebrations around Italy were largely suspended in 2020 as the coronavirus emergency came to light. And most 2021 celebrations have been cancelled, postponed, or moved online. Corriere della Sera reports on various Carnevale plans around Italy: Carnival in Venice will be live-streaming from…