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These postcard-perfect villages in Italy will pay you €28,000 to move in

The Calabria region is hoping to combat years of population decline with the tantalising new scheme

Rosie Hewitson
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Rosie Hewitson

Hardly a week goes by these days without another idyllic region of Italy offering some sort of incredible deal to encourage people to relocate to one of their many picturesque villages. 

Already in recent months we’ve seen houses in the Sicilian towns of Salemi, Troina and Sambuca di Sicilia – plus properties in the Molise village of Castropignano – being auctioned off for just €1 in a bid to combat population decline. And now it’s the turn of the Calabria region to entice newcomers with a ridiculous offer. 

Known for its exquisite pizzas, sprawling beaches, warm climate and laid-back lifestyle, the region – at the very tip of Italy’s boot – is going one better than the rest. It is offering generous bursaries of up to €28,000 to those looking to relocate to one of several sleepy towns and villages.

There are a few conditions to meet, though. Applicants have to be under 40, ready to relocate within 90 days of a successful application and committed not just to taking up permanent residency but also running a small business – either from scratch or by accepting requests for specific services that are lacking in the region.

Those who take up the offer will be able to receive either one-off funding to support the launch of their business, or a monthly stipend of up to €1,000 for two to three years. It’s hoped that the scheme will attract young people eager to play a part in revitalising the area, which has been affected by rapid depopulation. 

So, what do you say? Fancy sacking off your job and running away to Italy to lounge about on the beach, sip limoncello and run a cute little B&B? Keep an eye on the Calabria region website for updates on how to apply. 

Just fancy a cheap vacay? This tiny village in southern Italy is giving away loads of free holidays.

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