FLORENCE, ITALY – The news is present on all the sites and Int’l newspapers of tourism: Pratariccia is on sale. Pratariccia is a medieval village that is perched on hilltops above Tuscany’s Casentino Valley. It’s owned, currently, by a religious order. Fifty years ago, as Italy experienced an economic boom, the settlement’s farmers and shepherds abandoned it for factory work. Pratariccia is now a ghost town.
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). But nobody bought it. So they’ve turned to eBay.
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.