This Italian city will pay your family to move there

Several towns and villages in Italy are in the midst of an existential battle for their futures.
You’ve probably heard about Candela, the Italian town that paid people to live there (and seems to have done it successfully). Then there’s Grottole, the fairytale southern Italian village that will soon be home to four Airbnb-sponsored temporary citizens.
And in a bid to attract new residents, Sambuca, a Sicilian town, is selling homes for less than the cost of an espresso, provided the new owner refurbishes their house for at least 15,000 euros.
And now another one can be added to the list.
The small, rustic, northern-Italian town of Locana is working hard to bring some spark back to its community.
Its mayor, Giovanni Bruno Mattiet, is offering families around the world up to 9,000 euros, over the span of three years to move there and breathe new life into the town.
Every year, Locana, which has a population of less than 1,500, sees 40 deaths but just 10 births. Now, Mattiet is sounding the alarm before the small village is another name on the growing list of 139 ‘ghost towns’ in Italy that have less than 150 residents.
What’s the catch?
Families have to already have at least one child as well as a minimum annual salary of 6,000 euros, which is designed to help keep schools open.
And in such a sleepy town, there’s little guarantee you’ll be able to find a job to support yourself, let alone a small family, unless you or your partner (or both) have jobs you can do remotely.
Italy’s also known for having tough red tape to battle through when it comes to local property regulation.
“We’re looking to draw mostly young people and professionals who work remotely or are willing to start an activity here,” he told CNN Travel.
“There are dozens of closed shops, bars, restaurants and boutiques just waiting for new people to run them.”

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