Bagnone, one of the Tuscan mountain towns eligible for the relocation grant. Image: By Davide Papalini - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4668617

Tuscany offers up to €30,000 to move to the mountains

By Region Central Italy Life in Italy News

Tuscany is offering grants of up to €30,000 to people to relocate to mountain towns with declining populations.

While buying a house in rural Tuscany is a dream for many, real estate prices are often prohibitively high. However, a new initiative from Tuscany’s regional authorities aims to make this dream more accessible. The authorities are offering financial incentives to encourage relocation to mountain towns with declining populations.

Applicants can receive between €10,000 and €30,000 to purchase a home in a mountain town.

Under the “Residency in the mountains 2024” scheme, eligible applicants will receive grants to help buy and renovate homes in towns with fewer than 5,000 inhabitants.

Mountain towns suffering from depopulation

The Tuscan mountains boast unique beauty and charming villages but they are suffering from depopulation, according to Stefania Saccardi, Tuscany’s regional vice president.

“Deciding to live in one of these municipalities is therefore a challenge and an opportunity, especially for young people, and the chance for a new life choice.”

She highlights the initiative as an opportunity and challenge, especially for young people seeking a new lifestyle.

There are 76 mountain towns and villages on the approved list for the grant.

Who is eligible for the scheme?

Eligibility requirements include being an Italian citizen, an EU citizen, or a non-EU citizen with a residence permit of at least 10 years.

Applicants must currently reside in an Italian town or city but not in a mountain community.

The grant covers up to 50% of the property purchase and renovation costs.

Applications are accepted via the Tuscany Region website until 1pm CET on July 27.

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