A California-based woman bought 3 abandoned houses in a Sicilian village for $3.30, cashing in on Italy’s desperation to repopulate its fast-emptying ghost towns

A collage showing the facade on one of her houses before and after restoration.
Rubia Daniels flew to the town of Mussomeli in Sicily after hearing about its cheap homes.
She ended up buying three crumbling houses for $3.30 in 2019, and she’s restoring them now.
Many Italian towns have introduced similar schemes in an attempt to repopulate rural Italy.

When Rubia Daniels first heard about Italy’s cheap houses, she knew she had to take a look at them herself. 

“I was so amazed. It was one of those things where you have to see it to make sure it’s true,” San Francisco-based Daniels told Insider. “I did my research, and within three days I had my plane ticket, a rental car, the hotel, and I left.”

By the end of a 10-day trip to Mussomeli, a small town in Sicily, in July 2019, she was the proud owner of three dilapidated homes that she bought for just €1, or $1.10, each.

A representative from Case 1 Euro, the organization responsible for the housing project in Mussomeli, confirmed the…

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This article was written by Amanda Goh,Cheryl Teh and originally published on www.businessinsider.com