Residents and authorities of some beautiful Italian villages started to see the power of investment in local areas.
Zungoli is a picturesque hamlet rising on a small hill surrounded by the mounts within a few kilometres to the next large town, Avellino.
It follows the example of other Italian small towns, namely Lecce nei Marsi in Abruzzo;Salemi, Regalbuto, Gangi and Mussomeli in Sicily.
Investors have not only bought dwellings for private use, but have also opened hotels and B&Bs, enabling it to welcome growing numbers of tourists.
Locals are more than willing to welcome also international investment to enable their old towns to be revitalized and become busier once again.
The desire of Italian places to prevent depopulation is such that a number of them are selling off property at very low prices to encourage the purchase and the reinstatement of busy centres.