Move to Italy and Get a Little Cash in Your Pocket, Too

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Photo: Francesco del Vecchio / Commune Candela

The small Italian town of Candela, on Italy’s eastern side (think Adriatic Sea) wants to lure new residents to its dwindling population.  Nicola Gatta, mayor of the medieval town in Puglia, is determined to increase its current resident count of 2,700 to its former days of 8,000 and more.

Editor’s Note – Nov 3, 2017:  There is no link to apply to move here.  If you read through this article, you will see my note that no matter how much I tried to find a link, there is NO link anywhere.

The bait?

Mayor Gatta is offering to pay people to relocate to Candela.  While not a huge sum, it’s a way to offset the cost of moving and settling in to a new home.

“I work each day with passion and commitment to bring Candela back to its ancient splendor,” says Gatta. “Up until the 1960s, travelers called it ‘Nap’licchie’ (Little Naples), for it streets full of wayfarers, tourists, merchants and screaming vendors.”


According to Stefano Bascianelli, the mayor’s right-hand man, “This is how it works:  €800 for singles, €1,200 for couples, €1,500 to €1,800 for three-member families, and over €2,000 for families of four to five people”.  An additional incentive may also include tax credits on city waste disposal, bills and nurseries.

Translated to current USD, that’s about $940 for singles, $1,450 for couples, $1,770 to $2,120 for a family of three and over $2,350 for a family of four  to five members.

Freeloaders aren’t welcome.  Rules for new residents to receive the case include: they must take up official residency in Candela, rent a house and have a job which pay at least €7,500 per year.  In US dollars, that’s less than $9,000 per year income.

“We don’t want people flocking here thinking they get to live off the town hall’s revenues, all new residents must work and have an income”, continues Bascianelli.

Candela was once filled with street vendors, tourists, families and merchants.  Today, the population is mostly elderly.  Young people in search of jobs and big city life move elsewhere.

Who’s moved there?

So far, six families from northern Italy have already settled into their new homes and five more families have applied to move.

Try as I might, I cannot find any links to apply. For now, I think that Mayor Gatta’s incentive to move applies mostly to Italians and more easily to Europeans rather than others.

Photos:  Francesco del Vecchio and Annalisa Fred / Commune Candela



  1. Chase
    February 7, 2018 / 4:56 pm

    “To have transferred the residence to the Municipality of Candela from 01.01.2017 e no later than 31.12.2017”

    so the deadline has passed?

  2. Parita Mahadik
    January 31, 2018 / 10:06 pm

    Guys plz let me know
    Were can I apply

  3. Giovanni
    December 30, 2017 / 5:37 pm

    I’m ready to move, please someone tell me how or where do I apply for this opportunity to relocate. I now live in California, my email (deleted for privacy) The sooner the better.

  4. Brenda Hagg
    December 3, 2017 / 9:11 pm

    Very interested, would love to apply. Has anybody still haven’t had any luck getting hold of the application?

  5. Lawrence
    November 13, 2017 / 5:02 pm

    anyone got any response on considering the move

  6. Sherry Kennedy
    November 11, 2017 / 1:03 pm

    Hi Sheila, I think it was intended to attract Italians from urban areas to resettle in their town, and the publicity got out of hand.

    November 8, 2017 / 6:15 pm

    Does anyone know where should I send it to, once we filled the application ?

  8. Sheila Symons
    November 5, 2017 / 10:37 pm

    I’d love to live there. They must not want us Americans.

  9. Cherita Jeffries
    November 5, 2017 / 9:48 pm

    We would like to apply to move to Candela, Italy

  10. Helen
    November 5, 2017 / 12:04 pm

    Same here can’t find link to apply.

  11. bidsy
    November 5, 2017 / 3:20 am

    couldn’t find a link. any updates on this one?

  12. Cynthia Sanford
    November 5, 2017 / 1:28 am

    I would love to move there and would like more information but am unable to find a working link for the application.

  13. Dee
    November 4, 2017 / 8:32 pm

    I was looking for a link to apply also but couldn’t find it either.

  14. Nancy Sandoval
    November 4, 2017 / 1:44 am


  15. Melanie Mouzalas
    November 3, 2017 / 4:11 pm

    My husband and I would be happy to relocate from the U.S.!

  16. Vahid Shadman
    November 2, 2017 / 3:49 pm

    Plz send the link. Thx.

  17. Vahid Shadman
    November 2, 2017 / 3:48 pm

    Plz send the link to apply to my email ([email protected]). Thx.

  18. Zikusooka
    November 2, 2017 / 11:08 am

    i need the link to apply

  19. Zikusooka
    November 2, 2017 / 11:07 am

    How can I find the link to apply

  20. Neeme
    November 2, 2017 / 3:07 am

    and town’s homepage is out of construction …

  21. Rishi Chachra
    November 1, 2017 / 2:35 pm

    Plz update link how to apply for this

  22. Maggie
    October 28, 2017 / 7:12 am

    I’d love to move there. I can’t find any links to apply. ☹️

  23. Rj Valderrama
    October 26, 2017 / 8:19 pm

    I would like to apply for that as well, with my fiancee. I hope you guys can help me. anyways I am from the Philippines.

  24. jazib
    October 26, 2017 / 6:33 am

    give me the proper link how can i apply
    this is my email: [email protected]

  25. Muhammad Kashif
    October 26, 2017 / 1:44 am

    Trying To Find Any link for Applying Moving The Italian Town of Candela
    But There is No Any Link …….
    Unfortunately, I’ve looked all over the internet and still can’t find a link to apply..
    If Any One Find Any Link About Applying Moving Candela so Please Update All of us ….
    Thanks and Regards

  26. Rana
    October 25, 2017 / 5:10 pm

    How to apply for candelo city ? I am looking link?

  27. jatin
    October 25, 2017 / 3:57 pm

    tell me how can i apply

  28. Hilal SUNGAR
    October 25, 2017 / 10:18 am

    I can’t find application link. Can you share with me?

    October 25, 2017 / 7:15 am

    Its Great place Candela..

  30. Chandresh
    October 25, 2017 / 6:02 am

    Send me apply Link

  31. jatin
    October 24, 2017 / 3:55 pm

    how can i apply for it because i want my better life so and i see this is a beutiful place

  32. jatin
    October 24, 2017 / 3:53 pm

    how can i apply for it

  33. Rambabu
    October 24, 2017 / 9:57 am

    How to apply

  34. Melissa
    October 24, 2017 / 9:35 am

    Couldn’t find a link to apply or even to search houses for that area. Please let me know if you find anything

  35. Alex
    October 24, 2017 / 6:41 am

    so interested for me but cant find how to apply

  36. Ahmed Nafees
    October 24, 2017 / 5:17 am

    how can i apply ?? because i want to move there with my family….

  37. Sohail Saeed
    October 24, 2017 / 12:29 am

    I am an Engineer and my wife is Consultant doctor in the field of General Medicine and Endocrine and my sister is a Medical Practitioner in the field of Gynaecology. We all can contribute to the best of our abilities to this village of Italy. I have surfed the net but couldnt find any link as to how to file an application for getting residency to Candela, Italy. Can any one or the mayor Nicola Gatta help me to get through with this issue

  38. G.Abel Selwyn
    October 23, 2017 / 12:06 pm

    I am coming….

  39. Nahid Aktar
    October 23, 2017 / 4:45 am

    Hi, I would like to move there.

  40. Cicil
    October 23, 2017 / 4:18 am

    I had search Alot but cannot find the link if someone know anything about the link please share it

  41. Nudrat
    October 23, 2017 / 2:43 am

    i live in Pakistan and want to apply for candela. we are 4 family members, i m assistant professor and my hubby is banker and have 2 sons. kindly guide me

  42. Faiza
    October 23, 2017 / 1:39 am

    How can i apply for the residence, I belong to an Asian Country. plz guide me

  43. gaurav rawat
    October 22, 2017 / 1:42 pm

    i want to move there with my family snd want to live my life in candela i love that place when first time i saw that place i gona mad to live there

  44. Ramsha
    October 22, 2017 / 11:28 am

    Where is the link? I want to apply

  45. Adeleye
    October 22, 2017 / 9:21 am

    where is the application link located please….thanks

  46. Sherry Kennedy
    October 22, 2017 / 7:59 am

    Sounds and looks like a beautiful place to live.

  47. Aziz Ul wahab
    October 22, 2017 / 6:15 am

    Don’t found any link to apply

  48. Babar
    October 22, 2017 / 4:49 am

    Plz update link how to apply for this

  49. Danyetta Davis
    October 21, 2017 / 10:59 pm

    Hi My name is Danyetta
    I would love to apply to move there I looking for a new place to call home

  50. Sherry Kennedy
    October 21, 2017 / 12:06 pm

    Hi Neiko,
    Unfortunately, I’ve looked all over the internet and still can’t find a link to apply. If you have any luck, please post in a comment. Thank you.

  51. Nieko
    October 21, 2017 / 11:57 am

    Where is the apply link?

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