Airbnb is giving you the opportunity to live rent-free in a decayed-turned-designer Italian heritage home in Sambuca for a year and become its host, too! The charming three-story traditional Sicilian home has undergone a designer makeover under the ‘1 Euro House campaign.’ By Debomita De
With this new initiative introduced by Airbnb, the chosen candidate can bring a partner, friend, or family member (maximum of two adults and two children in total) for their stay at the Sicilian heritage home, starting June 30. They will live rent-free during their year-long stay and should also be willing to host a room in the house for at least nine months. In doing so, they will also be allowed to keep all the Airbnb Host revenues making the rent-free stay rewarding too! Additionally, the candidate will also be given the opportunity to participate in a mentorship program that will include learning Italian and attending Italian culinary lessons.
According to Airbnb, the project intends on attracting tourists and bringing in new temporary residents to the Italian village of Sambuca, as part of a larger commitment to promoting rural communities and cultural heritage in Europe.
About the location
Sambuca is a remote rural village in Sicily with a unique combination of Italian and North African cultures and architectural styles. Although it houses a population of about 6,000 people, Sambuca, like many other Italian villages, is experiencing a population decline. With the launch of the ‘1 Euro House campaign’ in 2019, the town hopes to its promote cultural heritage, encourage international investment, and appeal to a younger generation in order to restore the village’s beauty. “The beauty of this campaign is that it gives a second chance not just to an abandoned heritage home in the heart of our village, it’s also a second chance to the person who moves into it,” says Leonardo Ciaccio, Mayor of Sambuca di Sicilia.
About the Sicilian home
For this special stay, Airbnb has collaborated with Studio Didea, an Italian architectural firm, to renovate the Sicilian home using components and colours that complimented the surrounding environment. The structure is representative of Sicily’s attractive architecture, combining modern aesthetics with hand-made and local artisan features. The building is spread across three floors and has plenty of space for working remotely and hosting guests.
While the ground floor has a small living room and a master bedroom—complete with a king-size bed and en-suite bathroom; the first floor includes a living room, kitchen, working space, bathroom, and mezzanine bedroom with a king-size bed. The topmost floor includes an additional living space with a queen-size sofa bed.
To stand a chance to be an Airbnb host of the Sicilian home and experience the international community up close, apply here!