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Fancy taking a break from the grind and spending three months living in the Italian countryside?

Airbnb has announced its expenses-paid Italian Sabbatical programme which offers four people the chance to become ‘temporary citizens’ of the village of Grottole in Basilicata.

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The UNESCO World Heritage Site has a dwindling population of just 300 residents and the programme – which is packed with language lessons, gardening sessions, cookery classes and opportunities to explore the Basilicata countryside – shines a light on this overlooked area.

After learning about the town in the first month, participants will co-host events and volunteer at social enterprise Wonder Grottole, which seeks to revitalise the town centre and entice people to fill its 629 empty homes. Expenses are covered up to €900 per month and accommodation is free.

Grottole Italian Sabbatical programme Airbnb
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Interested? Applications close on 17 February.

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