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

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.”

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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. Nieko
    October 21, 2017 / 11:57 am

    Where is the apply link?

  2. 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.

  3. 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

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

    Plz update link how to apply for this

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

    Don’t found any link to apply

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

    Sounds and looks like a beautiful place to live.

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


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

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

  9. 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.

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

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

  11. November 5, 2017 / 12:04 pm

    Same here can’t find link to apply.

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

    We would like to apply to move to Candela, Italy

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

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

  14. SERGIO
    November 8, 2017 / 6:15 pm

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

  15. 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.

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

    anyone got any response on considering the move

  17. 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?

  18. 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.

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

    Guys plz let me know
    Were can I apply

  20. 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?

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