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Since last year, news of small Italian towns starting to offer properties for €1 has traveled the world. Several cities launched initiatives in the same direction with the aim of attracting new inhabitants. One of them is the commune of Sambuca, on the island of Sicily, which has now once again captured all eyes for a particular reason: Airbnb remodeled one of those houses and is looking for a person who wants to live there for a year rent-free.

Located in the heart of the town of Sambuca, where around 6,000 people live, the House has three floors. On the ground floor, there is a small room and a master bedroom with a private bathroom. The first floor has a living room, a kitchen, a work area, a bathroom and a bedroom on a mezzanine. Finally, on the upper floor there is another room with a sofa bed.

The house is the result of the renovation work carried out by the Sicilian architecture studio Studio DideaAirbn

The property was acquired by Airbnb, which later hired the Italian architecture studio Studio Didea to carry out all the necessary reforms in the house, with the proviso that materials and colors that fit the local landscape were used in the process. The structure is an “example of the fascinating typical Sicilian architecture”, according to the company in a statement.

The firm was inspired by the original structure of the house, its roots and the heritage of Sambuca
The firm was inspired by the original structure of the house, its roots and the heritage of SambucaAirbn

Now, the company dedicated to offering accommodation seeks candidates who are willing to live in Sambuca for at least three months in a row and up to a maximum of one year. The objective is find a good host for housing. The selected person will be able to travel with a friend, partner or family member. The condition is that only two adults and two children can live in the house, not counting the tourists who decide to stay temporarily in the place.

The house is part of the Airbnb House program for 1 euro
The house is part of the Airbnb House program for 1 euroAirbn

the selected person you will keep all the income you generate as a host on Airbnb. Applicants must commit to blending into village life, providing Airbnb hosting services, and be prepared to welcome people from all over the world.

The company is looking for people who are characterized by “their passion for nature and Italian culture, and the desire to contribute to Sambuca being full of life again”. The requirements for enroll in the program son be over 18 years of age, be available to move to the village as of June 30, 2022, and speak English fluently. The winning candidate will also be able to access Italian courses and Italian cooking classes.


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