A small town in southern Italy offers 25,000 euros to anyone who wants to settle there: “The village has magnificent architecture and art, but it is slowly emptying”

Do you want to go far away, where the weather is nice and warm, at a reasonable price? It is now a little more feasible thanks to this publicity stunt carried out by the city of Presicce, in Italy. This small seaside town is located in Puglia, in the extreme south of the heel, more commonly called Salento by the locals.

According to CNN, the city of Presicce tries to attract visitors to try to welcome diversity and new faces. The “sindaco”, (understand mayor) Alfredo Palese said: “There are many empty houses in the historic center built before 1991 that we would like to see revived with new residents. »

The average cost of these houses is 25,000 euros. To this sum must be added the costs related to the renovation work. So to attract new buyers, Presicce says it is ready to invest nearly 25,000 euros also for new buyers.

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The city council believes the village has “magnificent architecture and art”, but it is “slowly emptying”. Indeed, many Italians migrate to the north in search of work.

Palese continues: “We will offer up to 25,000 euros to people who want to settle here and buy one of these abandoned houses. The financing would therefore be divided in two: it will be used partly to buy an old house and partly to revamp it, if necessary. »

There isn’t much more information at the moment, as the deal is still being finalized, but it is likely that additional information will be released on the municipality’s website.

To qualify, you will need to agree to become a full-time resident and purchase one of the properties built before 1991.

According to CNN, the pretty town can afford to pay that money to new residents after merging with a neighboring town in 2019, becoming Presicce-Acquarica.

For now, we don’t know how many people Presicce is willing to pay to settle there.

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