You could live in this Sicilian home rent free for a year

Remember the ‘1 Euro House’ campaign, when Italian villages were selling houses for just one euro?

Well, Airbnb purchased a picturesque three-story home in Sambuca, a town in Sicily, Italy. And they fully transformed it into a designer heritage home.

Now, they’re looking for an adventurer with a passion for hospitality to live rent-free and host the Sicilian Airbnb for a year. Plus you can bring your family, friend or partner with you (maximum of two adults and two children total).

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The gorgeous town of Sambuca, Sicily © Adam Planas

How does it work?

If you want to make the 1 Euro House yours for a year all you have to do is submit an application, which you can find here. Applications close 18 February 2022.

There are just a few requirements first.

You have to be over 18 and able to move to Sambuca for at least three consecutive months from 30 June 2022.

You also need to be able to speak conversational English (Italian is a bonus, but not a must).

Most importantly you need to be committed to hosting one room in the house for a minimum of nine months. After all the purpose of 1 Euro House is to bring visitors back to the charming village following the beginning of the pandemic.

For your hard work hosting, you will live completely rent-free and retain all the Airbnb Host earnings over the course of your stay.

It’s not all work, the selected participant will take part in a mentorship program. This involves learning Italian and attending Italian cooking classes.

Learn how to cook from the masters as part of a mentorship program © Adam Planas

The house

Airbnb gave the 1 Euro House a designer makeover to make it really something special.

The spacious building spans three floors, with plenty of room to work remotely and host on Airbnb.

You’ll find a small living room, master bedroom with king-size bed and an ensuite bathroom on the groundfloor.

The home has been designed to have a modern aesthetic © Adam Planas

While the first floor includes a living room, kitchen, working space, bathroom and mezzanine bedroom with a king-size bed.

The upper floor includes an additional living space with a queen-size sofa bed.

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Enjoy views of endless Sicilian landscapes from your room © Adam Planas

If you’re the successful applicant you’ll get first dibs on which bedroom you want. The second bedroom will be listed on Airbnb.

You will find the heritage home in Sambuca, a rural village with a population of 6,000. A blend of Italian and North African culture and architecture makes this village unique.

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