Today, there are just 2,700 residents living in Gandela town.
The declining population of Italy’s historical small towns has been a matter of national concern for decades. The offer to pay people to move to a village is not new.
In May, Daniele Galliano, the mayor of Bormida – a small town in rural Liguria – offered €2,000 via Facebook website to anyone who wanted to move.
Interested in the dolce vita? You’ll need to commit to being a permanent resident, rent a house in the town, and earn more than €7,500 per year. If you meet the requirements, the council will pay €800 for singles and €1,200 for couples. Families of up to five receive over €2,000. Tax credits on council bills are also available.