Medieval Tuscan village goes up for sale on eBay for $3.1 million

medieval tuscan village goes up for sale on ebay 3 1 million tuscanyeBay’s great for buying all kinds of stuff – antiques, clothes, electronics, children’s toys, Italian villages…..wait a minute. Italian villages?

Yes, it’s true. An 800-year-old medieval hamlet in Tuscany called Pratariccia has been put up for sale on eBay for 2.5 million euros ($3.1 million).

No one has lived in Pratariccia since the 1960s, which goes some way to explaining the dilapidated condition of the village’s 25 houses – described on the eBay ad as being “in need of restoration.” Indeed, it’s not that easy to see the properties in the ad’s photos, as Mother Nature has been working hard to reclaim the land over the years. Still, nothing a lawnmower and a bit of elbow grease couldn’t sort out (plus an army of helpers and a load more money).

medieval tuscan village goes up for sale on ebay 3 1 million in tuscany

For someone with the financial means, it could work out as a neat investment – luxury holiday development, anyone? The village is located in a part of Italy famous for its beautiful countryside, and the historic city of Florence is only 25 miles away.

According to the Telegraph, the real estate agent taking care of the sale has received a fair bit of interest since it went up on eBay earlier this month. Rather than in the bidding section, however, the village has been placed in the classified ad pages, under the title “medieval hamlet for sale”.

“It’s a unique once in a lifetime opportunity to own your very own Tuscan hamlet – and the price is a complete bargain,” real estate agent Carlo Magni, who’s dealing with the sale, told the Telegraph. “Where else would you get all those buildings, land, panoramic view, plus all the history for 2.5 million euro?”

medieval tuscan village goes up for sale on ebay 3 1 million

He continued, “I’m an estate agent so it’s my job to sell property – I put out all the usual details via the usual outlets but then thought, why not use eBay – so many people buy and sell online these days that it has to be worth it.

“I posted the advert two weeks ago and I’ve had lots of calls about it and I’m hoping to get some viewings arranged over the next few days. I think it has potential as a private hotel or luxury spa and that’s what one of the potential buyers wanted to do but it fell through.”

And the reason for the sale? Selling off derelict villages, as well as palaces and castles, is one of the ways in which the Italian government is trying to cut its growing public debt.

So if you’re able to cobble together the necessary funds and fancy bagging yourself an Italian village, eBay can help.

[via Tecca] [Top image: Samot / Shutterstock; Other images: Jaklin Riegelmann & Co]

medieval tuscan village goes up for sale on ebay 3 1 million

Zoom in on famous works through the Art Institute of Chicago’s new website

Art lovers, listen up. The Art Institute of Chicago has given its website a serious makeover with new features that let you get up close and personal with more than 50,000 artworks by famous (and not so famous) artists.

Upgrade your sleep with these Black Friday and Cyber Monday mattress deals

Black Friday and Cyber Monday bring plenty of opportunities to invest in a great mattress because top brands are competing to earn your business. The race to offer the lowest price possible means you end up with discounts of up to $300.

The best iPhone deals for November 2018

Apple devices can get expensive, but if you just can't live without iOS, don't despair: We've curated an up-to-date list of all of the absolute best iPhone deals available for November 2018.
Movies & TV

The best shows on Netflix, from 'The Haunting of Hill House’ to ‘The Good Place’

Looking for a new show to binge? Lucky for you, we've curated a list of the best shows on Netflix, whether you're a fan of outlandish anime, dramatic period pieces, or shows that leave you questioning what lies beyond.

From Rolls-Royce to Lamborghini, these are the most expensive cars in the world

If you recently discovered an oil reserve in your backyard, you probably have some extra cash to spend. Look no further, because we’ve rounded up the most expensive cars in the world.

Over a million veterans now eligible for Comcast’s Internet Essentials program

Comcast's low-cost Internet Essentials program, which provides internet access for just $10 per month, has expanded to include U.S. veterans. One million veterans now qualify for the service.

Google’s Squoosh will get an image web-ready with in-browser compression

Google's latest web app development is an image editing and compression tool, Squoosh. In just a few clicks, it can take a huge image and make it much lighter and web-friendly, all in your browser.

Want to save a webpage as a PDF? Just follow these steps

Need to quickly save and share a webpage? The best way is to learn how to save a webpage as a PDF file, as they're fully featured and can handle images and text with ease. Here's how.
Social Media

‘Superwoman’ YouTuber Lilly Singh taking a break for her mental health

Claiming to be "mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually exhausted," popular YouTuber Lilly Singh has told her millions of fans she's taking a break from making videos in order to recuperate.
Smart Home

Amazon has a huge team dedicated to enhancing Alexa and Echo

An Amazon executive on Tuesday, November 13 revealed the huge size of the team that's tasked with developing the Echo, the company's smart speaker, and Alexa, the digital assistant that powers it.

Here's our head-to-head comparison of Pandora and Spotify

Which music streaming platform is best for you? We pit Spotify versus Pandora, two mighty streaming services with on-demand music and massive catalogs, comparing every facet of the two services to help you decide which is best.
Social Media

Going incognito: Here's how to appear offline on Facebook

How do you make sure your friends and family can't see if you're on Facebook, even if you are? Here, we'll show you how to turn off your active status on three different platforms, so you can browse Facebook without anyone knowing.

Our 10 favorite Chrome themes add some much-needed pizzazz to your boring browser

Sometimes you just want Chrome to show a little personality and ditch the grayscale for something a little more lively. Lucky for you, we've sorted through the Chrome Web Store to find best Chrome themes available.

Aussies hope free Wi-Fi on their beaches will lead to fewer drownings

Lifeguards in Australia have hit on an idea to use Wi-Fi to make the nation's beaches safer. It's a simple but clever idea that plays on our need to stay connected around the clock.