Italy is giving away hundreds of historic castles and villas for free

May 17, 2017 by  
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Have you ever wanted to own your own castle – or perhaps an Italian monastery? Here’s your chance. As part of Italy’s Strategist Tourist Plan, the country is giving away 103 historic sites – including old houses, farmhouses, inns, monasteries and even ancient castles. However, only those who intend to renovate and transform the structures into tourist hotspots (such as restaurants and spas) will be granted a plot of historic property. The State Property Agency and Ministry of Cultural Heritage are responsible for spearheading the project, which aims to relieve some of the strain on the country’s most popular and overcrowded areas. In effect, lesser-explored destinations will receive an influx of tourists and local economies will benefit. State property agency employee Roberto Reggi told The Local : “The project will promote and support the development of the slow tourism sector. The goal is for private and public buildings which are no longer used to be transformed into facilities for pilgrims, hikers, tourists, and cyclists.” In total, 103 historic sites are available across the country. Many are located near the famous Appian Way – the Roman road that connects Venice with Brindisi on the southern coast. After the initial properties are claimed and foreigners begin exploring more destinations aside from Venice , 200 more sites will be included in the project over the next two years. This isn’t the first time Italy has relied on the public to restore its historic sites. The “ Lighthouse Project, ” for instance, has resulted in the Italian government auctioning off approximately 30 historic lighthouses to investors over the past two years. The requirement has been the same: transform the ordinary structures into hotels and tourist facilities . Additionally, the country raised €502 million for its “ Kill Public Debt Plan ” by putting 50 of its most prized sites up for action in 2013. Full details of the project can be found (in Italian) on the State Property Agency’s website . + State Property Agency Via The Local Images via Hand Luggage Only , SUWalls , Pinterest

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Buckminster Fuller’s Dome House to be Repaired & Transformed into Museum

March 20, 2014 by  
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On April 19th, restoration work will begin on the world’s first geodesic dome home in Carbondale, Illinois. The house was built in 1960 by the inventor Buckminster Fuller and his wife, Lady Anne, in just 7 hours using 60 wooden triangle panels. The pair lived in the house until 1971, and once they left, the building was rented out as student housing for the nearby Southern Illinois University campus for the next 30 years, falling into serious disrepair over the decades. Read the rest of Buckminster Fuller’s Dome House to be Repaired & Transformed into Museum Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Buckminster Fuller , buckminster fuller museum , dome house , fuller dome home , geodesic dome , historic landmark , historic preservation , historic sites        

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America’s Oldest Pear Tree Still Bearing Fruit at 383 Years

August 26, 2013 by  
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In 1630, the Puritan settler and Governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, John Endicott, planted one of the first fruit trees to be cultivated in the New World. Today, Endicott’s pear tree still stands – having survived multiple hurricanes , earthquakes, suburban sprawl, and even attacks by vandals. Read the rest of America’s Oldest Pear Tree Still Bearing Fruit at 383 Years Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: american colonies , american history , boston , east coast , historic sites , historic tree , Massachusetts , oldest fruit tree , pilgrims , settlers        

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