Get paid to work from home in a quaint Italian town
The chance to live out your dream as a character in an Italian romantic film has finally arrived.
All you need to bring is your laptop, some olives, and a bottle of Sangiovese.
(In fact, you could probably get the second two there, so just remember your charger.)
In a bid to attract newcomers during the pandemic, the Italian towns of Santa Fiora in Tuscany and Rieti in Lazio are offering half-price rentals to anyone who decides to settle there and work from home.
Rents are already relatively cheap, so it’s a good deal for employees wanting to escape their current home office.
But make no mistake: this is not a paid vacation.
Applicants must intend to stay for the long term, and they have an “active” job that allows them to work remotely.
It’s all part of a plan to breathe new life into cities that have suffered from depopulation across the European country, with local councils promoting broadband internet as an attraction for foreign workers.
Santa Fiora, Tuscany
If you’re tired of telling kids to shut up on video calls at home, the medieval village of Santa Fiora might be the place for you.
Nestled in the beautiful Monte Amiata Nature Reserve, the town is close to the Val d’Orcia valley, a UNESCO heritage site and one of Italy’s most famous wine regions.
Today, the population is only 2,500 inhabitants.
Teleworkers wishing to relocate and rent a home will receive up to $ 300, or 50 percent of the total rent for long-term stays of two to six months.
City dwellers who prefer to be closer to Rome will love Rieti, an ancient city and town in central Italy.
The city offers a similar offer for foreign workers, but for a minimum stay of three months.
Unlike Santa Fiora, Rieti has around 50,000 inhabitants and is one of the largest towns in the Lazio region.
However, the population is not growing as much as expected, as young people continue to settle in Rome in search of work.