- A medieval town in Italy is looking for new residents
- Candela has seen a drop in its population in the last 20 years
- The local government is offering money to people wanting to relocate to their town
$2,000 – that is how much Mayor Nicola Gatta of Candela town in Italy is willing to pay anyone who will relocate in their charming medieval town.
Candela has grappled with a drop in their population and Gatta wants to save it by restoring its vibrancy. According to a write up by CNN, the town used to have 8,000 residents in the 90s but its number has dropped to just 2,700 today.
“I work each day with passion and commitment to bring Candela back to its ancient splendor,” CNN quoted Gatta.
Candela used to be called the little Naples until the decline of its population.
To attract new residents, Gatta’s council will give varying amounts to different kinds of families:
- 800 euros – single
- 1,200 euros – couple
- 1,500 to 1,800 euros – family of three
- 2,000 euros – family of four to five people.
They are also eyeing to give “tax credits on city waste disposal, bills and nurseries,” said the CNN story.
According to another article about Candela, government money is being used to “fund folkloric costume parties, bonfires, festivels and reclaim ancient traditions and myths.”
Gatta also boasted that they are nearby some “gorgeous” Italian regions such as Campania, Basilica and Molise, “with all the wonders each offers at hand.”
One resident even boasts that no crime has occurred in the city over the last two decades.
Could Candela be the place where you’d want to live?