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Erika Owen
August 23, 2016

If you're an 18-year-old Italian still living in the country, it's likely you're about to get a substantial amount of dough from the government.

Officials announced a “cultural bonus” that could be used toward movies, books, theater tickets, museums, concerts, national parks—in theory, anything deemed “cultural.”

The new initiative is meant to remind young Italians that their homeland has plenty to offer in terms of things to do.

The idea was first introduced by Prime Minister Matteo Renzi after the Paris attacks last November: “The Italian way is to spend a euro [on] culture for every euro spent on security,” he said. The money will be distributed through a mobile app called 18app.

Italian teens have until December 2017 to spend their cash.

Now if only the rest of the world would catch on...and offer a bonus to culture vultures of all ages.

Erika Owen is the Senior Audience Engagement Editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @erikaraeowen.

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