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Get paid €2,000 ($AUD2,950) to move to this charming Italian village

Travel + Leisure logo Travel + Leisure 9/05/2017 Melanie Lieberman

In northwestern Italy, the mayor of a small mountain town is offering to pay €2,000 - that's about AUD$2,950 - to anyone who will move there.

Bormida, an idyllic village in Liguria with a quickly dwindling number of 394 residents, is hoping the incentive will help attract newcomers. Otherwise, depopulation could threaten the town's very existence.

The details are not confirmed, but a local councillor told The Guardian, "Anyone is welcome to come and live here."

In addition to the upfront cash, Mayor Daniele Galliano is promising to have small property rentals available for as little as €50 (about $AUD70). There's not much to do in Bormida, admittedly. There are four restaurants, a single church, and delicious Ligurian cuisine.

Bormida, Liguria, Italy © Davide Papalini / Wikimedia Commons Bormida, Liguria, Italy

"Life is so simple and natural," Oddone Giuseppe, the manager of one of the aforementioned restaurants told The Guardian. "It's a healthy lifestyle, and the air is very clean."

Liguria is also home to the famous, cinematic destination of Cinque Terre, and is just over an hour's drive along the coast to the city of Genoa.

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