With the intention of reviving small abandoned villages, a large number of European countries began offering incentives in order to attract new residents. Now it is the town of Presicce, in the Italian region of Puglia, which has just announced that it will reward those who want to settle there with 30,000 euros.
“There are many empty houses in the historic center built before 1991 and we would like to see them live again”, said councilor Alfredo Palese in dialogue with CNN. “It’s a shame to see how our old districts full of wonderful history, architecture and art are slowly emptying out,” she added.
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The terms of the deal are still in development.. “At the moment, the idea is to offer up to 30,000 euros to people who want to move here and buy one of these abandoned houses. The total financing will be divided in two: it will go partly to buy an old house and partly to remodel it, if necessary”, specified the councilor.
And he explained: “The lucky ones must establish their residence in the place. With the money granted, they will be given a choice of one of the many houses that we have to offer and they will then proceed to acquire it. The prices of the houses start from 500 euros per square meter. About 25,000 euros should be enough to secure a home of about 50 square meters. The rest will be left for necessary spare parts.
Regarding the receipt of applications to be part of the program, Presicce town hall will open registration in the coming weeks.
It is not the first time, however, that local authorities have used strategies to attract people. In recent years, efforts have been made to persuade residents of other towns with Tax benefits for establishing businesses and other commercial activities, as well as bonuses for the number of babies per family.
A brief review of the history of Presicce
The origin of the Italian people dates back to the Middle Ages, when settlements sprawled around a Saracen fortress built by monks who dug underground crypts and oil mills for shelter for survivors of pirate raids.
Over the years, it has earned a reputation as Puglia’s “city of green gold” for its lush olive groves, which produce premium quality extra virgin olive oil. It also flourished during the Renaissance thanks to its excellent wines, cheeses and cattle trade.
The attractions of the place also include a museum of peasant civilization, which exhibits local handicrafts from the past and present.