mayor of an Italian town, Candela is making an attractive offer to
people willing to move in as residents in other to raise the dwindling
population and revive the city to it’s past “splendour.”
Gatta is passionate about bringing the town back the way it was in the
1990s; boasting of more 8,000 people and flourishing as a tourist
the population has reduced to less than 3000 residence, Gatta is
offering 2,000 euros ($2,350) to encourage people to relocate.
to the major, Candela is an Italian town that enjoyed ancient
splendour, its streets were full of wayfarers, tourists, merchants and
“I work each day with passion and commitment to bring Candela back to its ancient splendour.”
“During summer, it’s easy to have occasional tourists stop by,
but during winters it’s dead. We want an extraordinary event that can
lure people even with the cold and snow.”
layout of the town is described as a maze of winding picturesque alleys,
Baroque buildings and arched passageways, and the mayor feared it is at
risk of becoming a ghost town. The reason for this is not far-fetched;
most young people have fled in search of a brighter future elsewhere,
leaving behind the elders.
other to lure newcomers, including foreigners, the town’s council
opened its treasuries in hope of boosting the town’s appeal.
The right-hand man to Candela mayor, Stefano Bascianelli explained how the benefits will be shared and he said
“This is how it works: 800 euros for
singles, 1,200 euros for couples, 1,500 to 1,800 euros for three-member
families, and over 2,000 euros for families of four to five people.”
However, for anyone to receive the money, they must be new residents of Candela, rent a house and have a job with a salary of at least 7,500 euros per year. Tax credits on city waste disposal, bills and nurseries could also be offered.
the council don’t want people flocking in thinking they get to live off
the town hall’s revenues, therefore all new residents must work and
have an income.
Boasting of what makes Candela attractive, apart from the basic amenities every town needs, he said:
“Life quality rocks here. We haven’t had one crime in 20 years.”
residents of Candela said its lifestyle is quiet and simple; no crowds,
easy to move around, no traffic nor smog. Others claim it’s the most
narrow alley in Italy.
The town has also been given an expensive
makeover and is looking shiny and new. Restyled old palazzos, streets
and piazzas are now open for guided tours. Public money is used to fund
folkloric costume parties, spectacular bonfires and festivals in order
to reclaim ancient traditions and myths.
Other efforts made to
lure people to Candela include bonfires, festivals, food fairs,
and plans to open a toy museum and a showroom of medieval dresses.