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Tiny Village in Italy Offers to Pay Young Italians to Move There

While the story might sound familiar at first, as it has been happening more and more, an Italian village offers up abandoned homes for pennies on the dollar with the caveat the new owners quickly renovate the house.

Some are going to even greater extremes. Candela in Puglia, for example, began offering new residents a little over $2,000 to move there in 2017.

The best deal yet has come from a walled, a medieval village in Abruzzo in the central south of Italy, Santo Stefano di Sessannio. They are willing to pay people willing to move to the village and start a business there. They will further support them by giving them very inexpensive rent.

Mayor Fabio Santavicca said that the village isn’t try to sell anything to anyone, they simply want the village to continue to live. The only catches are you have to be a resident of Italy and be under forty years old.

The village has only 115 residents, most are retired and fewer than 20 residents are under the age of 13.

 

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The Village That Inspired Disney’s “Frozen” Latest Instafamous, Over-Tourism Victim

Combine the power of social media with popular culture phenomena and you’ve got a recipe for over-tourism. Whether it is Instagram users seeking the perfect selfie at a tulip farm in California or the actual beach that inspired The Beach, the attention created by this combo is more bust than boom for many destinations.

 

An Alpine village named Hallstatt is the latest victim. Seated in Austria’s Salzkammergut mountains in Gmunden district. It is a quaint collection of classic Swiss style surrounded by snowy mountains and kissed by crystal water. It is literally something straight out of a fairytale. But dumped right onto your social media feed.

 

The population of the town is a mere 780 persons, but tourist numbers reportedly reach ten thousand visitors a day sometimes. Beyond Hallstatt generally being a place a selfie-obsessed traveler would want to indulge their vanity it is also rumored to have inspired Arendelle, the name of the setting to Disney’s incredibly popular Frozen movies.

 

Tourism has so interrupted life in the village that some churches have even hired bouncers to stop visitors from interrupting the village’s religious services.