Buy your own Italian paradise island from $1.1 million

Ever dreamed of owning your own Italian private island? An aristocratic family is selling one in Sicily for a lot less than the price of a Tuscan villa or a Manhattan loft apartment.
Isola delle Femmine, a wild pristine atoll near Palermo with a 17th century crumbling stone tower, is up for sale with offers invited of more than €1million — about $1.1 million.
It’s being sold by an aristocratic family which, like many others in Italy is struggling to afford the upkeep of estates they’ve owned for centuries.
The uninhabited oval-shaped island is part of a protected marine park that’s now an elite scuba diving and snorkeling spot.The island was originally on sale at a much higher price, but with no takers it’s now been lowered to bargain rates.
“The price at first was 3.5 million euros but given nobody showed up we’ve now lowered it to a flexible range between 1 and 3 million euros, open to offers and negotiations,” real estate agent Riccardo Romolini tells CNN Travel. “Anywhere close to 2 million euros, we’d be very interested.”
Isola delle Femmine lies just 300 meters from a mainland village which is named after it. Once upon a time the island was likely a peninsula, connected by an isthmus.
Locals affectionately call it “l’isolotto,” the baby isle. It’s not the only bargain being offered in Italy. Several Italian towns and villages have been selling off homes for as little as the price of an espresso,in the hope of reversing a depopulation trend as young folk leave to work in cities.

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