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If you're quick, you can get a castle in Italy for free

This could be yours, for free! Photo: Ministero delle Infrastrutture e dei Trasporti/Facebook

Italy is giving away free castles, farmhouses and historic sites in the hope that it will boost its faltering regional tourism sector.

Via their Facebook page, Italy’s department of Infrastructure and Transport is giving away 103 run-down castles, farmhouses in remote areas and historic sites, in the hopes of attracting overseas visitors and tourists.

The caveat of the offer is that anyone who bags a property will need to commit to restoring or renovating the property and turning it into a tourism facility.

The project is aimed at alleviating tourist overcrowding at Italy’s most popular spots, including Rome, Venice and Florence, and promoting the country’s lesser-known destinations.

There are plans to add another 200 buildings and sites to the list in the next few years.

Efforts to lure in more tourists to other areas of Italy have been ramping up lately.

Just last week, an Italian mayor was offering $2,946 and a week’s worth of rent free rent to bolster the population in Bormida, a small village in Liguria, which is about an hour and a half’s drive to Genoa, in north-west Italy.

Take a look at some of the properties on offer.

This 2-storey building could make a great bed & breakfast.

There are some interesting turrets on this building. We wonder what all the chimneys are for?

This large site has its own security gate.

This castle comes with its own huge field.

We're not quite sure what this building could have been, but it could have a nice view from the top.

Rustic arches frame this small courtyard.

This cute farmhouse sits right next to a train track.

It looks like this property is on a huge piece of land.

You could imagine how beautiful this building may have looked back in its heyday.

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