Airbnb is offering a year in Italy rent-free, and YOU can apply

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Airbnb offers the unique chance for someone to live in a newly restored heritage home in Sicily, Italy – and the rent will cost absolutely nothing.

If you’re lucky enough to be selected, you can stay at the gorgeous three-story property for up to a year, provided you agree to run the place for visitors. You will also be rewarded for your efforts, as Airbnb will allow you to keep all income generated from the house during your stay.

The initiative aims to boost tourism and bring new faces to the Italian village of Sambuca, which has around 6,000 inhabitants, as part of a wider effort to strengthen rural areas and cultural heritage in Europe, according to Airbnb.

Sambuca made headlines in 2019 during a “1 Euro House” campaign that saw derelict properties put up for sale for just over US$1.

In a bid to rejuvenate the village in a timely manner, buyers were asked to renovate their property shortly after purchasing it. After purchasing one of the Sambuca homes, Airbnb managed to turn their own purchase into something truly special.

And now he needs someone to make it work.

“Airbnb is looking for the perfect candidate to live rent-free for a year and stay in a run-down Italian heritage home turned designer,” the company said. “With new flexibility to live and work remotely, someone will have the ability to relocate to Sicily with their family, partner or friend and move into this uniquely restored home.”

Italian architecture firm Studio Didea transformed the house using local materials, creating a first floor with a small living room as well as a master bedroom which includes a king-size bed and an en-suite bathroom.

The second floor features a living room, kitchen, work space, bathroom and a loft bedroom with a king-size bed, while the top floor offers additional living space with a queen-size sofa bed .

“The beauty of this campaign is that it gives a second chance not only to an abandoned heritage house in the heart of our village, but also to the person who moves into it,” said local mayor Leonardo Ciaccio. “We are looking for someone who wants to live with the local people and participate in all the important moments of the community, from grape harvest to olive picking and we look forward to welcoming whoever is selected.”

Assuming pandemic rules permit, the stay will begin June 30. If the offer appeals, you can apply by entering your details on this webpage on the Airbnb site. Good luck!

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