The exodus in the Italian countryside continues. Various Italian villages and smaller towns have tried all kinds of innovative ways to attract more residents in recent years, but in Presicce they go very far: new residents simply receive 30,000 euros.
The municipal council of Presicce, a village of about 5,000 inhabitants in the very south of Italy, will give 30,000 euros to those who buy a house built before 1991. The houses in question – often left behind by the original inhabitants – cost moreover, only 25,000 euros. Buyers must come and live in Presicce.
Final details of the proposal have yet to be finalized, but interested parties will be able to find information on the council’s website in the coming weeks, said city council member Alfredo Palese at CNN.
The local authorities hope to keep the empty village alive. “There are many empty homes in our historic center that we would like to see inhabited again,” said Palese. “It is a pity to see how our old districts full of history, beautiful architecture, and art are slowly but surely emptying.”
Presicce can fund the proposal because it merged with larger nearby Acquarica in 2019, getting more money from the Italian government.