Sardinia’s digital nomad program has stepped up its strategy of attracting remote foreign workers by offering them free housing options. Italian Village has provided such opportunities to contribute to the further development of the economy and population growth of this region.
The population of Ollolai, in central Sardinia, is decreasing. According to a Euronews report, over the past 100 years, the population here has increased from 2,250 to 1,300 people.
In addition to initiatives aimed at stimulating population growth in this territory, Sardinia also implemented various measures, including the sale of houses for 1 euro. The “Work from Ollolai” program strives to make the region an attractive place for foreigners, with an investment of more than €20,000 for this purpose. Over the next two months, the village will welcome individual remote workers over three months, while remote work enthusiasts will have to register online before the end of December.
The president of the local Sa Mata cultural association, Veronica Matta, said this was not a free holiday.
She emphasized that remote workers from all sectors are encouraged to apply, including technology, finance, media, real estate and architecture, as well as artists, musicians, writers, scientists and scholars.
Matta said everyone is welcome as long as they are open to mutual agreement, agreeing to leave behind a wealth of knowledge that enriches the village culture. Demand for Digital Nomad visas in Italy has increased significantly in recent years, despite the fact that the country still does not have a Digital Nomad visa. On March 28, 2022, a digital visa for remote workers was approved and regulated in Italian law.
Among the main requirements for benefiting from Italy’s Digital Nomad Visa are the following ones:
- You need to be a citizen from a non-EU country
- You need to work for an employer registered outside of Italy
- You need to work by using telecommunications technology
Some of the cheapest destinations in Italy for Digital Nomads are Palermo, Padova and, Napoli, Perugia, with the latter average cost of living for a digital nomad being $2,200 per month.