Lonely Planet Writer

Get paid to move to this gorgeous Italian town

If you’re considering relocating to another part of the world. Mayor Nicola Gatta has announced that he is willing to pay people to move to the picturesque town of Candela in the southern Italian region of Puglia.

The mayor of Candela in Italy will pay you to move there. Image: Kali9/Getty Images

The mayor is anxious to increase the population of his town, which was known as “Little Naples” up to the 1960s, because its numbers have fallen from more than 8000 in its heyday to just 2700 today. This is because its younger members have increasingly gone off to seek work and opportunities elsewhere in the world.

The mayor of Candela in Italy will pay you to move there. Image: Leo Berlingieri / EyeEm

As part of the deal, those who decide to move there must work and have a job with a salary of at least €7500 per year, as the mayor doesn’t want people thinking they can arrive in Candela and live off the town hall’s revenues. Singletons will be enticed to set up home there by a financial incentive of €800, while couples will get €1200. Three-member families will get between €1500 and €1800, and families of four or more people will get more than €2000. To sweeten the deal even further, Candela is also considering offering tax credits on waste disposal, bills and nurseries to its brand new residents.

The mayor of Candela in Italy will pay you to move there. Image: Leo Berlingieri / EyeEm

Another attraction is that the town’s small population means there are no crowds or traffic to battle with, and those fed up with pollution will enjoy the surrounding green hills and forest. Candela also has stunning churches and winding alleys to explore. It has been reported that six families from the north of Italy have already moved into the town, while five others have applied for the scheme, which is also open to foreign applicants.