Three million dollars will get you 25 cottages and nearly 20 acres of land.

Pratariccia is a medieval village that is perched on hilltops above Tuscany's Casentino Valley. It's owned, currently, by a religious order. It's also, pretty much, empty: Fifty years ago, as Italy experienced an economic boom, the settlement's farmers and shepherds abandoned it for factory work. Now, Pratariccia is a ghost town. But a really, really beautiful one.

ebay250.png

For years, Pratariccia's owners have been trying to sell it - in all, a collection of 25 cottages and nearly 20 acres of land. And for the low, low price of €2.5 million (just over $3 million). And while that would seem to be, given that it buys you an entire town in Tuscany, a pretty good deal. Pratariccia's owners have had trouble selling the village through traditional real estate agencies.

So they've turned to another agency: eBay.

Here's the description of the village on the auction site, choppily but handily translated (thanks, Google!) from the original Italian:

Arezzo (ITALY) for 50 years deserted medieval village, perched on a scenic plateau at Mt. 850 slm. Consisting of 25 homes, completely rebuilt. Other agricultural buildings for a total of approx. 5,000.Possible transfer of books and do other techniques such as new buildings or ancillary to the environment. 8 acres pasture and arable soil. You can buy more land. Driveway up to Mt. 800 from the village. Completely built of stone and renovation ....
Very close to the Hermitage of Camaldoli, the castle of Poppi, the sanctuary of La Verna and the Benedictine monastery of La Verna.
The village borders the National Park of Casentino Forests, where the river Arno from the mountain Falterona.

Scenic plateaus! Castles! Monasteries! Pastures! Castles! This is the stuff of Internet dreams. As the mayor of a neighboring town explained to The Guardian, "They tried and failed to sell the village through agencies for years, but have got a lot of attention by putting Pratariccia on eBay and should get a result."

Especially because, as their ad - and their presence on eBay at all - makes clear: the $3 million price tag is negotiable.

This post originally appeared on The Atlantic.

About the Author

Most Popular

  1. Life

    Who’s Really Buying Property in San Francisco?

    A lot of software developers, according to an unprecedented new analysis.

  2. A toddler breathes from a nebulizer while sitting in a crib.
    Environment

    How Scientists Discovered What Dirty Air Does to Kids’ Health

    The landmark Children’s Health Study tracked thousands of children in California over many years—and transformed our understanding of air pollution’s harms.

  3. a photo of a man surveying a home garage.
    Transportation

    How Single-Family Garages Can Ease California's Housing Crisis

    Given the affordable housing crisis, California cities should encourage single-family homeowners to convert garages into apartments and accessory dwelling units.

  4. Equity

    The Hidden Horror of Hudson Yards Is How It Was Financed

    Manhattan’s new luxury mega-project was partially bankrolled by an investor visa program called EB-5, which was meant to help poverty-stricken areas.

  5. Tech workers sit around a table on their laptops in San Francisco, California
    Life

    America’s Tech Hubs Still Dominate, But Some Smaller Cities Are Rising

    Despite established urban tech hubs, some smaller cities are attracting high-tech jobs with lower living costs, unique talent pools, and geographic diversity.