Consider Moving To These Italian Towns That Will Pay You If You Work RemotelyBy Rita Pike
May 26 2021, Published 4:00 a.m. ET
Governments around the world are trying to lift their economies as the travel bans and troubles of COVID-19 slowly start lifting. Some are going hard with travel incentives to kick-start their tourism, while others are going a bit more extreme. Portugal, for example, is in the process of creating a village on the gorgeous island of Madeira for remote workers.
Two towns in Italy are going one step further: they’re paying 50% of rental costs for remote workers in rustic locations.
Where You’ll Find These Rent Cuts
Both Rieti in the Lazio region and Santa Fiora in Tuscany are facing drastic drops in the youth population, meaning they’re hitting stagnation. To assist with this issue, the local governments are providing significant rental assistance to people moving into the region, if they meet the qualifications.
Rieti is closer to Rome, with a population of 50,000. The town is one and half hours’ drive from the Eternal City and was founded by Italian tribesmen before the Roman Empire controlled the area. Rent in the area is low compared to much of Europe and the U.S.A. at only €250 to €500, typically, with some entire villas up for rent for only €600.
Santa Fiora is located in the world-famous region of Tuscany, within the Monte Amiata Nature Reserve near Dorcia Valley (Val D’Orcia). Rent here is typically between €300 – €500 monthly.
The main “catch” for these two, besides the waning youth population, is the remoteness of their locations. The towns have made efforts to have great internet availability, however, as they’re working to appeal to remote workers.
If you love the countryside and quiet, ancient Medieval towns and historic villages, then you might find these remote spots are ideal for you.
How To Qualify
It all sounds awesome to someone who’s looking for an extended vacation or jaunt into the Italian countryside, but there are some specific qualifications you must meet to qualify for the rental assistance.
Employees who work remotely need a letter from their boss declaring that they are, in fact, fully remote workers with enough hours to pay the minimum 6-month rental. Self-employed folks need to provide a detailed description of their jobs with some proof of income to secure the assistance.
The mayors of the towns have made it abundantly clear that this is a serious government initiative – not a semi-paid holiday. So, if you’re seriously interested in bringing money in and have a desire to help revitalize the towns, then you’re encouraged to apply.
To find housing, visit the Santa Fiora website or search on sites like casa.it for rentals in Rieti.