Ollolai, houses for 1 euro and Schwarzenegger

Ollolai, houses for 1 euro and Schwarzenegger

2023-06-10 07:32:16 – The news is by no means new, but the Guardian has now relaunched it, emphasizing the fact that ten American professionals “are moving to Ollolai”, a Sardinian village in the province of Nuoro, known for having birthplace of a former Mr. Universe, close friend of actor Arnold Schwarzenegger, “by paying a symbolic rent of 1 euro”. The target? Attract American tourists and avoid depopulation by bringing in new inhabitants.

The project was renamed Work from Ollolai and launched by the Municipality in collaboration with the Sa Mata association, a bit as happens more and more often around Italy, including Venice, which a year ago launched a similar project by the Foundation Venice in collaboration with the Ca’ Foscari University.

Who are the chosen ones for the project

The group of ten professionals from the USA he will be able to live and work in Ollolai, about 1,300 inhabitants, “for as long as he wants”, writes the newspaper, underlining that the ten professionals were chosen because of “the city’s link with the United States”. Bond that passes through Franco Columbu, a shepherd born in Ollolai and “later became a boxer who then moved to California in the late 60s before winning the Mr. Europe and then Mr. Universe titles in 1970 ”. And this is where the man “met and got to know Schwarzenegger” during a bodybuilding competition in Germany in the mid-1960s. The two formed a solid and long friendship that “lasted a lifetime” and during which Columbu was also a “wedding witness” between the actor and former governor of California with Maria Shriver, says the London newspaper.

As a bodybuilder, Columbu also captured Mr. Olympia titles in 1976 and 1981 and then finished fifth in the first World’s Strongest Man contest in 1977 before being named in the 1978 Guinness Book of World Records “for popping a hot water bottle by blowing into it”. He returned to Ollalai every summer and died in 2019 after feeling ill while swimming off Sardinia.

In his memory and in memory of the long association with the American actor, the “houses for 1 euro” project therefore attempts to “revitalize the cityimprove the lives of the inhabitants and curb depopulation”, said Francesco Columbu, mayor of Ollolai (no relation to the champion) because “we believe that ours is a nice place to live and work remotely, offering a lifestyle of nature, tranquillity, healthy food and traditions”.

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