Italian Village Is Giving $2,175 In Cash And $50 In Rents To Those Who Move There

Sometimes you will feel like life is getting to febrile (hectic) or the razzo del ratto (rat race) we call life has us down and we feel we don’t have the contanti (cash) to take a relaxing break.


Well, what if I told you that there is a hillside village by the name of Bormida where €2,000 ($2,175) and the monthly rent is that of $50 a month despite its declining population. Bormida is located in Liguria region where Genoa is 50 miles away, making it the nearest city for miles. According to the local newspaper, the town has experienced a decline to 390 residents back in 2014, when Daniele Galliano (current mayor) took office.

After imagining a ghost town, Galliano put his foot forward to see a change made by reversing the decay. The population is now 394, which against the 54 people who died or moved away is great. “Instead of seeing a heavy demographic deficit, the situation is stable thanks to the initiatives of the municipal administration to encourage those who, by necessity or pleasure, wish to live in a small mountain community like ours,” Galliano told Il Vostro Giornale, another local publication.


He went on to discuss how having four more people spurred on the subsidies after feeling we need more enticing measures hence the $130 a month rent for these larger homes in this wonderful town. “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 told Il Secolo XIX.

Details of the offer and everything it entails is still being discussed and the issue still needs to be settled. If the proposal is passed people will receive €2,000 for moving to their town. The town according to Cosmo has a main street with a few (four) restaurants, as well as a bed and breakfast, and the post office which is only open three days a week. The architecture dates back long before the current inhabitants were even alive in the 1200s.

“Mr Mayor, I’m available to move and give up the €2,000,” wrote a Facebook user, Amedeo Alloca, on the mayor’s posting, “but I can’t live off the air. I have a family with two small children. If you can guarantee a job, even the most humble one, it wouldn’t be a problem.” The interest of many has definitely been peaked.