Lonely Planet Writer

Italian village bombarded with interest after proposal that would pay people to move there

After the mayor of an Italian village proposed to increase his town’s dwindling population by offering financial incentives, they were bombarded with people looking to make a change in their life and move to the Italian countryside.

An Italian mayor is offering incentives to move to their small village in Liguria.
An Italian mayor is offering incentives to move to a small Italian village. Image by Simone De Negri / EyeEm / Getty Images

The proposal came from Mayor Daniele Galliano of Bormida in Liguria, a town that is located about an hour and a half’s drive from Genoa. Genoa is only another 1.5 hour drive to the picturesque Cinque Terre, a famous string of five villages on the Italian Riviera that draws in travellers from around the world.

The town’s population is currently less than 400 and the mayor proposed to encourage people to come and keep the community’s population up, reports The Guardian, posting about the issue on Facebook.

Naturally, the proposal gained a lot of attention from people dreaming of relocating and enjoying a more relaxed lifestyle in the Italian hills. The response was so great that the community posted on its website in Italian, explaining that many people from around the world had contacted them to find out more information about the offer. According to the notice, the municipal housing will be allocated through a public tender and more information will be available in July on the official website. However, the mayor also noted on Facebook that the process will have to be finalised with the local council and also noted the job crisis occurring in the region.

But, like all things that sound too good to be true, this proposal is likely one of them. According to the Local Italy, the mayor asserts that the idea was only a suggestion, despite the fact that plenty of people seem to be more than interested in seeing it become a reality.