Stunning Italian villages will pay Brits up to £24,000 to move there

IF you fancy a quieter life with better weather and stunning ocean views, a number of Italian villages will pay you to live there instead.

The "active residency income" scheme is offering Brits up to £24,000 to move to the the region of Calabria in the south of Italy.

The new scheme hopes to help grow the tiny villages which have seen locals flee for the cities in recent years.

Most of them have less than 2,000 people living there and with a choice of nine villages, you could end up living with view of the mountains or the sea.

There are some rules for Brits considering the new way of life, however.

You must be under 40 years old, and must move and apply for residency within 90 days of a successful application.

Anyone moving to the area must also start up a new business in the town to be given the full payment, which could include B&Bs, restaurants or cafes.

Regional counciller Gianluca Gall explained that anyone who chooses to move there could be given the income per month, working out to around €800 to €1,000 for two to three years.

He told CNN Travel: "We're honing the technical details, the exact monthly amount and duration of the funds, and whether to include also slightly larger villages with up to 3,000 residents.

"We've had so far a huge interest from villages and hopefully, if this first scheme works, more are likely to follow in coming years."

The villages included in the scheme are Aieta, Albidona, Civita, San Donato di Ninea, Caccuri, Santa Severina, Sant'Agata del Bianco, Samo and Precacore and Bova.

However, Gianpietro Coppola, mayor of the town Altomonte, said it was not the same as the one euro houses which he said are "not the best way to revamp Italy's south."

Instead, he said he wanted to get people moving to the area to "spruce up" which can then lead to new buildings and faster internet.

To apply, Brits should head to the region's website for further details about the new scheme.

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