These Italian Villages Will Pay You Over P1.6 Million to Move There


Once again, Italy is making a call for people to move to their beautiful villages. So, if you've ever wanted to live La Dolce Vita with all the pasta, gelato, and beautiful scenery, the Southern Italian village of Calabria is your ticket. To top it all off? The program wants to pay you $33,000 (approximately P1.6 million). It's an offer you can't refuse.

We know what you're wondering… what's the catch? Well, there's no catch. The region of Calabria just needs people to reverse population decline. Basically, you'll be tasked with boosting the local economy and bask in the Italian sunshine.

The program is open to anyone under the age of 40. Then, all you have to do is take up residency and commit to starting a local business or even just work professional roles. It honestly sounds like the premise of a light-hearted comedy movie.

"We want this to be an experiment of social inclusion," says Gianpietro Coppola, mayor of Altomonte. "Draw people to live in the region, enjoy the settings, spruce up unused town locations such as conference halls and convents with high-speed internet. Uncertain tourism and the one euro houses are not the best ways to revamp Italy's south."

"The goal is to boost the local economy and breathe new life into small-scale communities," says Gianluca Gallo, a regional councilor. "We want to make demand for jobs meet supply, that's why we've asked villages to tell us what type of professionals they're missing to attract specific workers."

The active residency income project will be open for applications soon.

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