Italian village offers €2,000 for people to move there Those willing to relocate to Bormida, in the mountainous region of Liguria in north-west Italy will join just 394 other people with a promise of the simple life with rent costing €12.50 a week.
The mayor of an Italian village is offering to cough up €2,000 in cash to anyone prepared to move there to stop it becoming completely deserted.
Those willing to relocate to Bormida, in the mountainous region of Liguria in north-west Italy will join just 394 other people with a promise of the simple life.
With the nearest major city – Genoa – more than 50 miles away, the village has become a bit of a ghost town and as a result, tenants will be paying as little as €12.50 a week in rent. The mountainous village of Bormida (pictured), which is more than 50 miles away from Genoa
The town has four restaurants, a library, a pharmacy, a post office, a corner shop, and a B&B. Need a doctor? A physician visits three times a week. And that’s about it — the village’s population has shrunk in recent decade as young people have left for the big cities.
“There is nothing much to do here,” the manager of one of the town’s restaurants tells The Guardian. “But life is so simple and natural, we have forests, goats, the church, and plenty of good food. Life would definitely be free of stress.”
Don’t run to the airport just yet, however, as the mayor says the cash reward needs to be proposed and approved by the local board. Affordable rent will be on the table in about two months, however.
“We’re still working out the plan, but anyone is welcome to come and live here,” a local councilor told The Guardian. “We’re a small community but very welcoming. We’re high up in a mountain area but also not far from the sea – it’s a healthy lifestyle, the air is very clean.”
The update prompted dozens of people to get in touch, and judging by the responses, Bormida could see a population swell.