A few decades back, a bunch of artist types took over an Italian village that had been destroyed and abandoned in 1887. Their hold on the town is still in court (the regional government considers them squatters and wants to evict them), but some of them have gone into the bed and breakfast biz. Dallas Morning News reporter Mike Drago says it makes for an unconventional but lovely vacation.
The squatter village (year-round population 50) does sound idyllic. Sadly, though, if these were poor people, they probably would never have gotten their day in court.