We’ve all been there. You find yourself holidaying in some idyllic spot – possibly a picturesque Italian village – and you wonder what it might be like if you ‘lost’ your return ticket and stuck around to live the local life for a while.
Well now, Airbnb is inviting four people to drink wine, make pasta, and grow produce in the town of Grottole, in southern Italy for three months–with free housing and living expenses up to $1,000 per month. Si. You heard right.
There’s a serious side to all this. Small mountain communities like Grottole are being abandoned by younger generations who struggle to find work there. This means that many properties are left empty, giving rise to the ‘albergo diffuso’ or ‘scattered hotel’ phenomenon – in which tourists pay to stay in an unoccupied home.
Now Airbnb is getting in on the action. They’re not looking for tourists though, rather they’re recruiting people who want to become an active part of the community for a while, and perhaps introduce new skills to the town.
La dolce vita could be just a tap away.