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The World is a Dumpster Fire, So Why Not Move to Rural Italy for 1 Euro?

By Heather Huntington | Miscellaneous | October 15, 2019 |

By Heather Huntington | Miscellaneous | October 15, 2019 |


Afraid of getting rounded up into a Trump-branded internment camp? Don’t want to starve in post-Brexit food wars?

It might be time to move to Italy. And not just because of the bunga bunga parties and gelato, although obviously those sweeten the deal.

Evidently, Italy is rife with tiny, dying villages, low on population and high on rustic charm and abandoned real estate. To entice people to move to them, villages all over the country are participating in an “Active Residence Income” scheme.

Translation: They are selling houses for one euro$1.10 at today’s exchange rate.

The catch? You have to marry an Italian man and let his mom move in with you.

Just kidding. It varies by the village, but basically you have to spend some extra money. Some homes are auctioned, so they’ll go for more than 1 euro. Others require you spend thousands in taxes or on renovations — which you would have to do anyway because many of the properties are very dilapidated.

But given that the $25,000 you spend in construction would still barely cover a deposit on a mortgage for a meth den in LA, if you crave dat country mouse life it still seems like a deal.


For a 1 euro home in Zungoli, a village in the Campania region, you also have to pay a $2200 security deposit and commit to refurbishing.


In Mussomeli (Sicily), you have to pay just under $6K in security deposits and fees and commit to refurbishing within three years.


The region of Molise, southeast of Rome, will actually pay you to move there. Pick a village of fewer than 2000 residents (which is over three quarters of the villages in Molise), and they will actually pay you $770 per month for up to three years — that you must put into a business while you are an active resident in the area (i.e., prob no Airbnbs that you run remotely).


Other villages are giving incentives to families with children. Recently Locana, on the border of the Swiss Alps, was giving nearly $10,000 to people who would relocate, as long as they had at least one child and an annual salary of $6,600. Nearby Borgomezzavalle offered mountain cottages for only 1 euro, and then would give you $1100 for every newborn and $2200 to start a business.

Interested? Try starting with the Houses for 1 Euro website. They show currently listed 1 euro homes all over Italy. So far as I can tell, they don’t explain the pesky details like citizenship or immigration requirements, or worse — how to wrangle Italian contractors and bureaucrats. But if you’re truly dedicated to getting your Under the Tuscan Sun on, we’re pretty confident you can solve all those problems with a strategic gift of expensive cheese.

Heather Huntington is a Staff Contributor for Pajiba. You can follow her on Twitter.

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