Sell Or Not to Sell? An Opportunity Or a Misfortune?

Economic crisis has pulled the brake not only to development in Hellenic big cities but mostly in areas like Pogoni. Pogoni is known for DSC_0088its beautiful small villages most of them full of stone houses,ones that resemble to Tuscany’s. The renovation process is out of question not only due to the luck of economic funding but also due to the lack of inspiration. Settlements like Dolo were “lucky” enough because its inhabitants went into renovation process before the crisis. But ones like Delvinaki, Pogoniani or Doliana still wait for that moment to come.In the meantime old 2 stores stone houses are left to their fate (most of them are standing there since 1900),built by masters of stone building.

Just recently a huge German tour operator Tui recognized an opportunity and bought an entire Tuscan village of Tenuta de Castelfalfi known for its nature and tranquility. Complete with four square miles of land, a three-star hotel, 18-hole golf course, olive groves, vineyards and scores of elegantly crumbling villas, Castelfalfi is believed to have been bought for €250m (£170m).
the tour company’s move was an attempt to fill a “gap in the market” who are searching for folklore holiday and the village after its renovation will offer its hospitality to 3200 visitors.
Tui claims that “Tuscany is a dream destination. Many holiday makers want to go there, but have not been able to find exactly what they want”. On the other hand the local paper, Il Tirreno,declared “The Germans have conquered our village!” following news of the sale .They are being skeptical about the traditional era of the village that might be destroyed or alienated to the italian atmosphere.
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Another bold developer Michael Cioffi, 59, has gone one step further. When the lawyer from Cincinnati, Ohio, first went to Castiglioncello del Trinoro eight years ago, the village was a medieval ruin. He fell in love with the village for its history and spectacular view as well as for the fact you can step out of time.La Cerbaia 001.jpg

The two stories have great similarities with Pogonisian villages: folklore,spectacular nature views, old stone houses,tranquility, history and religion attractions but no funding to proceed . Can this be the solution and the next step to progress and advance holiday making in Pogoni? Is this a possible future solution or a curse leading to extinction of tradition?

Info and photos of italian villages are from the following articles:

http://www.theguardian.com/travel/2007/may/25/italy

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/9554987/Property-in-Tuscany-transforming-Italian-ruins-into-idylls.html

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