Bormida, an idyllic village in Liguria with a quickly dwindling number of 394 residents, is hoping the incentive will help attract newcomers. Otherwise, depopulation could threaten the town’s very existence.
In addition to the upfront cash, Mayor Daniele Galliano is promising to have small property rentals available for as little as 50 euros (about $55). There’s not much to do in Bormida, admittedly. There are four restaurants, a single church, and delicious Ligurian cuisine.
“Life is so simple and natural,” Oddone Giuseppe, the manager of one of the aforementioned restaurants told The Guardian. “It’s a healthy lifestyle, and the air is very clean.”
Liguria is also home to the famous, cinematic destination of Cinque Terre, and is just over an hour’s drive along the coast from the city of Genoa.