You Could Be Paid Cold Hard Cash To Live In Italy

So technically I’d be getting paid to eat pizza, si?

For many people, living in Italy would be the ideal life.

What’s not to love? The food, the history, the culture - just imagine every night drinking chianti and eating lasagne while watching the sunset over the fields of Tuscany – what an absolute freaking dream.

I’d happily hand over all of my life’s savings, plus my right foot just to get a shared studio apartment in one of the dodgy parts of Rome. Well hold onto your feet,  because you could get to live la dolce vita while getting some dolce cash.

Molise, a region in south Italy, is offering 700 euro ($1,120 Australian) per month to live in one of its more unpopulated villages for three years. You just have to find a village with fewer than 2,000 peeps and you need to open up a business.

The president of Molise, Donato Toma, told the guardian “They can open any sort of activity: a bread shop, a stationery shop, a restaurant, anything. It’s a way to breathe life into our towns while also increasing the population.”

Sadly, the population of Molise has been declining over the past few years, in 2017 it dropped 2.7 percent, down to just 310,000 people. Plus, it’s not the only place in Italy to offer monetary reward for newcomers, in 2017 the town of Bormida was handing out 2000 euro to anyone who wanted to move in.

It’s a sign of Italy’s dwindling population, which from the period of 2014 to 2018 fell by about 677,000 people.

So, pack your bags as quick as you can and help the boot country out. Move to the smallest town in Molise you can find, open up a Starbucks or a Dominos and watch the cash roll in!