Helle Christensen ROME—Every now and then, an Italian hilltop town mayor realizes there are suddenly more citizens in the cemetery than in the corner coffee bar and decides to employ the fail-proof plan of selling crumbling villas for euro pennies. The trend started a decade ago when the mayor of Salemi, Sicily, sold houses that had been destroyed after an earthquake for one euro each, which back then was around $1.
The mayor of a village in southern Italy has joined a growing list of small towns around Europe in a desperate search for buyers to help pull them out of fiscal crisis.
ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Metal bars have been installed in the doors of an old newspaper office where scores of squatters - asylum seekers, refugees and a few Italians - fear a confrontation with Rome's riot police.
Giulo Cesare Fava, mayor of Falciano del Massico, Italy, has banned residents from dying until the town builds a new cemetery. Town officials could not reach an agreement with a neighboring town to expand the cemetery they share, so...
It’s a historic town with cozy cafes on picture-perfect piazzas set on a sunny Italian island — and now you can buy a house there less than the price of a cup of coffee.