Over the past two years, the ' Lighthouse Project' has seen the Italian government auction off around 30 historic lighthouses to investors in return for converting them into hotels and tourist facilities.And in 2013, the country put 50 of its prized sites up for auction as part of an effort to raise €502 million for its ' Kill Public Debt Plan'.You shape them with your lifestyle, and they become like a second skin.

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The State Property Agency and Ministry of Cultural Heritage announced the project as part of Italy's Strategic Tourist Plan, aimed at relieving some of the strain on the country's most popular and overcrowded areas and promoting lesser-explored destinations.

Canal city Venice in particular has attempted to clamp down on mass tourism with a set of radical measures from limiting accommodation to publicizing less well-known areas.

The list included fortresses, two Venetian islands and the castle which hosted Tom Cruise's Scientology wedding, and again, investors were only allowed to use the sites for tourist purposes.

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Old houses, inns, farmhouses, monasteries and ancient castles are all up for grabs - and you won't have to pay a penny.

In total, 103 sites are available, dotted across the country from north to south.

"The project will promote and support the development of the slow tourism sector," Roberto Reggi from the State Property Agency told The Local.

"The goal is for private and public buildings which are no longer used to be transformed into facilities for pilgrims, hikers, tourists, and cyclists." The buildings are all located off the beaten path, with 44 of the sites situated along historic or religious walking routes, and the remaining 59 along cycle paths.

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