11 Mayo 2017 11:09
Rent is just €50 a month. Time to get packing!
Bormida, a remote mountain village in north-west Italy, 80 kilometres from Genova, is home to just 394 people. In an attempt to save it from becoming a ghost town, the mayor of Bormida is offering to pay €2,000 to anyone who goes to live there.
Offers are already flooding in from all over the world, including India, the UK, Hungary, Indonesia and Denmark, with some people declaring themselves ready to move right away.
Living in Bormida might come as a shock for those unused to small-town life. There are just four restaurants, a post office and a church. And of course, not much in the way of employment. Some of those interested however, have said 'they could manage with a good internet connection.'
Still, if you're looking for somewhere that's surrounded by nature, and where you can live extremely cheaply (rent goes from just €12 a week) and healthily, Bormida could be the place for you. 'There is nothing much to do here. But life is so simple and natural, we have forests, goats, the church, and plenty of good food. Life would definitely be free of stress,' the manager of one of the town's restaurants told the Guardian.
The finer details of the offer have yet to be confirmed, but the mayor of Bormida, Daniele Galliano, has announced on his Facebook Page that the village will be ready to receive the first inhabitants within two months.
'We’re a small community but very welcoming. We’re high up in a mountain area but also not far from the sea – it’s a healthy lifestyle, the air is very clean,' added a local councillor.
Back in the 60s, Bormida had over 1,000 inhabitants. It's population has dwindled in recent decades as young people leave to find work in the big cities. Rural flight is a becoming a significant problem in Italy, where a third of the nation's villages risk being abandoned due to accelerated depopulation.