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Holidaymakers could soon be checking in to Italian prisons and castles

Holidaymakers could soon be checking in to Italian prisons and castles
12 Apr 2013

The number of hotels in Italy is set to expand, with old castles and prison buildings set to be converted into luxury holiday properties.

With Italy facing debts of €1.9tr, the government is hopeful that by leasing out these historic buildings it can start to chip away at this deficit, the Telegraph reports.

Spain has already successfully converted a number of monasteries and castles into luxury hotels, which go by the name paradores.

'For 30 years everyone has been saying that tourism is fundamental for Italy, but during those 30 years we have been overtaken by other countries,' Domenico Arcuri from Invitalia, an investment authority which is backing the plan, told the news provider.

'We plan to reverse that trend and to make use of these heritage buildings, which have an immense value.'

In Rome, a lack of money for restoration has forced the government to turn to a number of local fashion companies, including Fendi, to fund essential works to monuments such as the Trevi Fountain. ADNFCR-408-ID-801570664-ADNFCR

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