Bormida, Italy probably isn’t on your bucket list of dream places to go. In fact, you might not have heard of the small mountain town in the northwestern part of the country until today. But that’s about to change — especially if you’re looking for a new place to live or start over. See, Bormida might be an idyllic village in the Liguria region, but its numbers are dwindling. So much so that the mayor is offering to pay €2,000 (that’s nearly $3,000 CAD) to anyone who wants to move there.
And here’s the best part: there’s literally no catch. You don’t need to be a certain age, or have any special qualifications. You just need to be willing to either buy or rent property there.
According to The Guardian, an Italian environmental association reported last year that there were 2,500 villages like Bromida that are at risk of being abandoned due to depopulation. Bormida’s mayor, Daniele Galliano, doesn’t want that to happen, and hopes the incentive will help attract newcomers to the beautiful village, which is down to a meager 394 residents.
The details still need to be ironed out, but in addition to the upfront cash, Galliano is promising to have small property rentals available for as little as €50 (about $75), which is kind of amazing, right?
“We couldn’t rent them at market value, so we chose a symbolic number and the requests abounded: the important thing was to repopulate the village,” Galliano stated.
The only downside? You’re going to have to be okay with having very little to do. According to The Guardian, Bormida boasts four restaurants, a church, forests and goats. So while you’d be less stressed, you’d probably get a bit bored, too.
Here’s what we really want to know: is there WiFi? If so, the possibilities are endless. But, hey, if you’re looking to disconnect, this might be the place for you.
How do you say, “Where do I sign up?” in Italian?