If you want to move, escape from big cities, this is the right time. In addition to smartworking villages, there are countrysides that also attract people by paying them. This is the case in the town of Santo Stefano di Sessanio, in Abruzzo, which has opened a tender, valid until November 15 for those who want to move and take up residence here for at least 5 years. The closest city is L’Aquila, about half an hour away, but it is still being rebuilt after the earthquake that brought it to its knees. Rome is two hours away, but the Adriatic coast is only an hour and a half away by car!
It is a small town surrounded by nature, far from everything and houses for rent are offered at a symbolic price and young people who want to move here, open a business and stay there for at least 5 years are supported with a few tens of thousands of euros. .We are looking for a way to repopulate this medieval village perched on the mountains, at the foot of the Gran Sasso. There are currently 115 residents, but only 13 are under 20 years of age. This is why candidates between 18 and 40 are sought.
On the Santo Stefano di Sessanio institutional website it is explained that the project provides for “the granting of a monthly grant for three years up to a maximum of 8000 euros / year, the provision of a house for a symbolic rent and a non-repayable grant, up to a maximum of 20,000 euros, one-off for the start-up of a business. Furthermore, applicants must be resident in Italy, but not in the surroundings of Santo Stefano, and come from municipalities with more than 2000 inhabitants. ”
But what kind of activities can be carried out to get these benefits? Also on the website it is explained that the following activities are required: “tourist guides, sports / cultural guides, tourist informants, cleaners, general maintenance workers, drugstore shop operators; farmers for the recovery of local agricultural products and their marketing”. 1500 people have already applied since the announcement came out on October 15, however the administration would like to limit the number for now to about ten people. If you want to apply, there is time until November 15.