The town's mayor has urged interested parties to please "stop calling."
This week, the mayor of a tiny hamlet in Liguria, Italy, announced a plan to repopulate his shrinking village. In a now-deleted Facebook post, Mayor Daniele Galliano suggested a €2,000 incentive (or $2,175) to attract newcomers to Bormida, a medieval town with 13th-century frescoes and a single church.
According to Italian news site The Local, the response was staggering: Some 17,000 people contacted the town's council about the offer in only four days.
“It was only a suggestion,” Galliano clarified, adding that people should “stop calling” about the offer. “Thank you anyway for your interest,” he said.
Of course, that doesn’t mean you can’t drop everything and move to this beautiful European village in Italy’s remote northwest. There might not be much to do in Bormida (there are only four restaurants), but for people seeking a simple, natural lifestyle, this idyllic village could be a perfect fit.
In a statement on the city of Bormida’s official website, Galliano also suggested this might not be the last we hear about a €2,000 gift to move to Italy.
“The residence bonus,” Galliano wrote, “for the moment, is a project that we hope to achieve in 2018.”
And the allocation of cheap housing, which will reportedly start at €50 per month ($54), could happen as early as July 2017. To be the first to know about any additional offers from Galliano and his charming town, consult the website regularly this summer.