Italy Free historic Castles Tourism Giveaway

We all know Italy is so hot right now – and not just weather-wise, but as one of the most popular tourism destinations in the world. It's so filled with tourists, that in addition to introducing quotas to the number of visitors in certain cities, the European country is now trying to lure tourists away from overcrowded city centers like Rome and Venice.

Their strategy? Giving away 103 historic sites away for free. These aren't just ruins, either; all of these properties might be in rural regions, but include entire monasteries, the 13th-century Castello di Montefiore, and the Orsini-Odescalchi castle in Bracciano where Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes held their wedding ceremony in 2006.

If it sounds too good to be true, do note that anyone interested in claiming these stunning pieces of architecture are required to submit a proposal detailing how they will turn it into a functioning heritage site for tourists. Anyone who is able to commit to bringing "slow tourism" to the Italian suburbs will then be granted the (literal) keys to the castle.

Let the stunning architecture of Barcelona's Sagrada Familia inspire you: