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Sardinia's Happy Village for seniors with suitcases
Mayor Corrias was inspired by the albergo diffuso concept, translated in English as diffused, virtual or scattered hotel. Alberghi diffusi offer hotel services in a number of houses scattered around a small town or village. In Happy Village, residents will pay a monthly fee for a package that includes accomodation, health professionals on call round the clock, a restaurant, a sports centre, transport and cleaning.

According to INPS, the Italian pension authority, around 400,000 Italian retirees are spending their pension abroad. The pensionati con la valigia (seniors with suitcases) are lured by tax breaks in Portugal, the low cost of living in Tunisia or cheap property in Bulgaria. Sardinia cannot offer tax breaks yet, but an economic advisor to Interior Minister Salvini has suggested that Italy follow the Portuguese model in order to repopulate Sardinia, Calabria and Sicily.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri May 10th, 2019 at 12:39:11 AM EST
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