Nicola Gatta, the mayor of a small town near Puglia, Italy named Candela, has come up with a solution to kill two birds with one stone.
What was once a city described as “Little Naples” thanks to its street vendors, tourists, and buzzing city life, has now become vacant, quiet, and increasingly desolate.
Gatta’s ambition to keep the town thriving brought her a powerful solution: paying new residents to move into town. In addition to the €2,000 offered to new residents, newly built white homes with expansive terraces.
Newcomers must become permanent residents of Candela, take up a home for rent, and have a job that pays an annual salary of least €7,500.