The mayor of an Italian town, Candela is making an attractive offer to people willing to move in as residents in other to raise the dwindling population and revive the city to it’s past “splendour.”
Mayor Nicola Gatta is passionate about bringing the town back the way it was in the 1990s; boasting of more 8,000 people and flourishing as a tourist destination.
As the population has reduced to less than 3000 residence, Gatta is offering 2,000 euros ($2,350) to encourage people to relocate.
According to the major, Candela is an Italian town that enjoyed ancient splendour, its streets were full of wayfarers, tourists, merchants and screaming vendors.”
“I work each day with passion and commitment to bring Candela back to its ancient splendour.”
“During summer, it’s easy to have occasional tourists stop by, but during winters it’s dead. We want an extraordinary event that can lure people even with the cold and snow.”
The layout of the town is described as a maze of winding picturesque alleys, Baroque buildings and arched passageways, and the mayor feared it is at risk of becoming a ghost town. The reason for this is not far-fetched; most young people have fled in search of a brighter future elsewhere, leaving behind the elders.
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In other to lure newcomers, including foreigners, the town’s council opened its treasuries in hope of boosting the town’s appeal.
The right-hand man to Candela mayor, Stefano Bascianelli explained how the benefits will be shared and he said
“This is how it works: 800 euros for singles, 1,200 euros for couples, 1,500 to 1,800 euros for three-member families, and over 2,000 euros for families of four to five people.”
However, for anyone to receive the money, they must be new residents of Candela, rent a house and have a job with a salary of at least 7,500 euros per year. Tax credits on city waste disposal, bills and nurseries could also be offered.
Bascianelli said the council don’t want people flocking in thinking they get to live off the town hall’s revenues, therefore all new residents must work and have an income.
Boasting of what makes Candela attractive, apart from the basic amenities every town needs, he said:
“Life quality rocks here. We haven’t had one crime in 20 years.”
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Proud residents of Candela said its lifestyle is quiet and simple; no crowds, easy to move around, no traffic nor smog. Others claim it’s the most narrow alley in Italy.
The town has also been given an expensive makeover and is looking shiny and new. Restyled old palazzos, streets and piazzas are now open for guided tours. Public money is used to fund folkloric costume parties, spectacular bonfires and festivals in order to reclaim ancient traditions and myths.
Other efforts made to lure people to Candela include bonfires, festivals, food fairs, and plans to open a toy museum and a showroom of medieval dresses.