If you ever wanted a little slice of Italy, here's your chance. An entire alpine village is up for sale on eBay. The auction for the town of Borgata Calsazio, just a few ski runs away from Turin, is real, with a "Buy it Now" price of a mere $333,057. But it's also a fixer-upper. The National Union of Mountain Communities, which is assisting the town's few remaining inhabitants in the sale, told La Repubblica newspaper that any buyer would have to restore the stone and wood homes under a master plan provided by the organization. While the hamlet may be one of the most picturesque Italian municipalities for sale, it's not the first. In recent years, the Italian state has turned to auctioning off monuments and properties to escape its crushing debt and the mounting expenses of maintaining these historic locales. In 2012, a Tuscan village went up for sale for $25 million. And earlier in 2014, the "most haunted island in the world," off the shore from Venice found itself on the auction block.
-- Ben Popken and CNBC.com staff
First published July 7 2014, 8:03 AM