Euro auction markets in everything (a good start)

…an entire Tuscan village has gone up for sale on eBay.

Nestled among oaks at 850 metres altitude and blessed with stunning views over the Casentino valley, the medieval village of Pratariccia has stood empty for 50 years, ever since its population of farmers and shepherds abandoned their stone cottages for factory jobs during Italy‘s economic boom.

Now the owners of the remote village – reportedly a religious order – are seeking to cash in with an online sale.

“They tried and failed to sell the village through agencies for years but have got a lot of attention by putting Pratariccia on eBay and should get a result,” said Luca Santini, mayor of nearby Stia, who walked in the woods around the village as a child picking mushrooms.

There is more information here, hat tip goes to @grahamfarmelow.


If by "mushrooms", he meant "truffles," the village might be worth buying.

It could also be worthwhile if he meant 'shrooms.

Way cool. We were in the area last month and it's really quite beautiful. Only 40 kM from Florence so you can pop on down for an opera or to visit the museums. Unfortunately I don't have a spare €2.5 M to spend for this (which isn't a bad price considering you get an entire village. It's not clear whether there is enough land to plant a vineyard and olive grove.

We once had a three week holiday in an abandoned Tuscan hill top village. The Count had restored it as holiday lets and a centre for small music festivals. Florence this away, Sienna that away, views over hillsides and valleys, a more than decent little restaurant just outside the walls, huge bunches of Muscat grapes for breakfast and, all in all, close to paradise. But we find ourselves deficient on the euro front, bugger it.

How much is Detroit selling for?

But seriously, when you buy a village or an island in Hawaii, are you just a really large property owner or can you elect yourself to the state senate as representative of a political district?

I'm sure I could look this up, but I'll be more amused at and informed by other people's answers.

This reminds me of Potterville from It's a Wonderful Life.

It also reminds me of private plots of land that eventually became large cities, like Phoenix, Arizona, aka Pumpkinville.

Baker v. Carr and Reynolds v. Sims.

"Legislators represent people, not trees or acres."

Districts for state legislatures have to follow one man, one vote. This means that, unlike US senators, even the districts for state senators must have roughly equal populations.

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