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The entire 800-year-old medieval hamlet of Pratariccia, which totals 25 run down and abandoned houses has been put up for sale on eBay for £2 million.
The idyllic Italian hilltop hamlet plus adjoining agricultural land has been uninhabited since the early 1960s. As time took its toll on the elderly in the village, youngsters moved out in search of work and now it resembles a ghost town, as some of the houses, made from the trademark traditional Tuscan stone have collapsed – and in fairness the eBay add does describe it as being "in need of restoration".
Set in beautiful rolling hills 2,400ft above sea level, Pratariccia, is deep in the Tuscan countryside, just 25 miles east of Florence and close to the region of Italy dubbed Chiantishire for its abundance of British residents and holidaymakers. The pictures used to illustrate the hamlet show weeds and grass growing out of the abandoned houses and the grazing fields nearby which are included in the sale are also overgrown and could do with being seen to by a tractor.
Pratariccia borders onto a national park in whose hills lies the source of the river Arno that flows through Florence and across much of west Tuscany before ending in the Mediterranean close to Pisa. The village, which is now owned by an undisclosed monastic order, was put on eBay earlier this month by estate agent's LPQ Immobiliare based in Prato and so far they have received a "number of interesting bids" and two have fallen through but the sale is still on and offers are being willingly accepted.