School Kids Try to Buy a Paradise Island for Italy

Children from a middle school in Mosso, a small town in the Alpine province of Biella, have started a crowd funding campaign to buy the uninhabited island of Budelli, part of the idyllic Maddalena archipelago which lies between Sardinia and Corsica.

The children stated that if every Italian child pitches in €0.50 (about 55 cents), they could buy the island, which they would name ‘Isola dei Ragazzi’ (The Children’s Island). This would allow the island to remain in the hands of Italians, rather than becoming the property of a foreign resident.

The savvy youngsters have already managed to pool €75 between the town’s 1,500 residents.

The island is famous for its pink sandy beach and considered to be one of the most beautiful in the Mediterranean. It is up for sale for $3,000,000. Recently, a banker from New Zealand had deposited money to buy the island, creating an uproar in Italy. Now it may be up to the children of Italy to come up with the money to buy the island back!

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