The Italian Town Paying People To Move There
ShareTap Staff 11/10/2017
The Colosseum in Rome, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the romantic gondolas in Venice; these are just a few of the sights travelers dream about when thinking of Italy. For those who are lucky enough to have experienced their magic first hand, the lure of the culture is something that is hard to shake off.
If anything, it only makes one wonder why the rest of the world doesn't indulge in Italian dishes, espresso, and gelatos all the time. So, if you have ever wished you were lucky enough to live in Italy permanently to enjoy its culture and foods, here is your chance.
An Italian town named Candela has been battling dwindling population, despite of it's picturesque look and safe lifestyle. The town council has come up with a very interesting solution to fix the problem.
Nicola Gatta is the mayor of Candela, which is a small medieval town in the Puglia region of Italy. According to Nicola, the region once boasted over 8,000 residents. Today, that number has reduced to just under 3,000 permanent residents.
Nicola, in short, wants you to move there, and is willing to pay you big bucks to do so!
In a report by CNN, Nicola shared the town council's newest proposal to offer any new residents 2,000 euros and other tax benefits if they are willing to relocate and make one of the beautiful white houses in Candela their home. Currently, many of these dazzling homes with ornate balconies and terraces are standing empty and face the problem of losing their glory to the elements.
In speaking about the town itself, a current resident and photographer Francesco Delvecchio, who himself moved to the region but prior to this special incentive, told CNN that Candela is truly a peaceful paradise:
"It's a quiet and simple lifestyle. No crowds, easy to move around, no traffic nor smog."
If you need any more convincing, some of the other reasons to move there include a lack of crime, restored public squares and public spaces, and fun festivals of flowers, art, and grain to name a few, sponsored by the city. The beach is under an hour away, and given that this is Italy after all, the food and wine are nothing to complain about either!
Before you pack your bags and buy that plane ticket to Candela however, know that there are three simple requirements to get the credit which is also open to foreigners. The persons claiming the credit must make Candela their permanent home, rent one of the houses in town, and make at least 7,500 euros a year.
So far, six families from other parts of Italy have already moved here. Nicola is hopeful that in time, more people from around the world will make Candela their permanent home and keep it's medieval glory from being forgotten in the modern age! Will it be you?