This Small Italian Town Will Pay You £1,800 To Move There

Candela has a declining population that you could help solve

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How much is your day is spent dreaming of sunnier climes? When you leave work do you crave an Aperol Spritz on a cobbled piazza? Fancy a couple of grand?

Well, your dreams may well be set to become a reality, with a new offer from Nicola Gatta.

Gatta is the mayor of a small town in Puglia that is suffering from a steep decline in population.

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According to Gatta,the town's population has dropped to 2,700 from 8,000 in the 1990s.

Then, Candela was called 'Little Naples,' but now it is victim to the declining populations typical to Italy's borghi (historical small towns).

Due to the combined factors of post-war emigration, an ageing population and economic hardships, these towns are becoming deserted.

Gotta is now offering €2,000 (£1,800) to those who will move to the town permanently.

He isn't the first Mayor to give this a shot. The Independent reports that the mayor of Bormida (in Liguria) offered €2,000 via Facebook for people top move there, however quickly recinded his offer after being inundated with requests.

However, Gatta isn't backing down. According to CNN, six families have relocated from the North of Italy and profited from the move.

Thinking about taking the plunge yourself? All you need to do is rent a house as a permanent resident, and earn more than €7,500 a year. Oh yeah, and tax credits are available too.

Though Candela isn't beachside Puglia, it's an hour from the coast and has a quality of life that 'rocks' apparently.

So if you want to eschew drizzle and palour (and earn a couple of bob whilst you're at it), get yourself to Candela, now.

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