Do Any Of My Friends Wanna Up An’ Move To Lovely Locana? Italy, Anyone? #LocanaItaly #MoveToItaly #LOrcoBuono

Locana in northern Italy, just 45km from the city of Turin, is offering people up to €9,000 to become permanent residents and help reinvigorate the community.

The only stipulations are that new inhabitants have a child, a salary of at least €6,000 and be committed to staying in the area. The relocation money is paid in instalments over three years.

Oh man is this a tempting idea. Any of my friends even a little intrigued?

Alpine Lakes, a small ski resort, right there on the edge of town. Hell, the freakin Alps, man! France, Austria, Switzerland, even Spain are all within short day trips. And of course, being in Italy itself.

The village is on the edge of National Park that stretches into the Alps. 2000′ above sea level, an hour to Turin, 2 hours to Milan, two and a half hours to Genoa(the Seaside), 4 hours to Venice(another seaside!), 8 hours from Rome, you get the picture.

I mean, 8-9 hundred year old villages, Roman and Celtic ruins, rivers and streams, local myths of Ogres and Dragons, (Orco Valley), The Alps….

http://www.comune.locana.to.it/it-it/vivere-il-comune/storia

Le prime notizie storiche su Locana si incontrano per la prima volta nel 1185 e riguardano dispute tra i conti di Valperga e di San Martino per il forte desiderio di possedere questa ricca e popolosa plaga. Verso la fine del 1200 la popolazione locale si trovò in contrasto con quella delle Valli di Lanzo e i dissapori cessarono solo nel 1311, quando si raggiunse un compromesso. I dissidi fra i Conti del Canavese si protrassero ancora a lungo, tanto che anche gli abitanti di Locana e di altri centri della Valle Orco parteciparono all’insurrezione dei Tuchini contro i ripetuti soprusi della nobiltà.

Quando la rivolta canavesana fu sedata, le popolazioni dell’alta valle, tra cui gli abitanti di Locana, proseguirono le rappresaglie contro le prepotenze dei feudatari locali e la pacificazione avvenne soltanto nel 1448 mediante l’intervento massiccio dei nuovi dominatori: i Savoia. Data la sua posizione, Locana fu devastata oltre che dalle continue guerre tra i nobili locali, da frequenti e catastrofiche inondazioni del tumultuoso torrente Orco che, nel 1628, distrusse anche l’antica chiesa parrocchiale di San Meinerio, ricostruita qualche anno dopo e dedicata a San Pietro in Vincoli.

Le vicende interne a Locana tendono da questo momento in poi a seguire l’evolversi della situazione italiana tra momenti di maggiore tensione socio-politica e periodi di relativa quiete. Sicuramente nella storia del territorio spicca, nei primi anni del 1900, l’affermarsi dell’ Azienda Elettrica Municipale “AEM” una nuova realtà economica che porterà lavoro e benessere in tutta la valle Orco. L’idea da parte dell’azienda di sfruttare la potenzialità idroelettriche della valle compare già nel 1916 inserendosi nel clima di fiducia e ottimismo portato dalla Grande Guerra. La crisi economica che colpirà invece l’Italia farà slittare l’inizio del progetto al 1925 con la costruzione dell’impianto di Ceresole-Rosone composto dal grande invaso artificiale di Ceresole Reale e dalla centrale idroelettrica di Rosone compresa nel comune di Locana.

L’impianto entrerà in funzione già nel 1929 e venne inaugurato dal Principe del Piemonte il 2 agosto 1931. Successivamente l’AEM si adopererà ancora molto nello sfruttamento della valle Orco e nel comune di Locana vennero costruite le seguenti opere in ordine cronologico: 1940 ultimazione lavori camera di carico, condotta forzata e centrale di Bardonetto; 1953 ultimazione lavori diga di Valsoera; 1955 ultimazione lavori diga di Telessio; 1959 ultimazione lavori diga dell’Eugio.

(Translated via Google)

The first historical information on Locana met for the first time in 1185 and concerned disputes between the counts of Valperga and San Martino for the strong desire to own this rich and populous plaga. Towards the end of 1200 the local population was in contrast with that of the Lanzo Valleys and the disagreements ceased only in 1311, when a compromise was reached. The disagreements between the Counts of Canavese continued for a long time, so much so that the inhabitants of Locana and other centers of the Orco Valley also participated in the uprising of the Tuchini against the repeated abuses of the nobility.

When the Canavese revolt was put down, the populations of the upper valley, including the inhabitants of Locana, continued reprisals against the arrogance of the local feudal lords and pacification took place only in 1448 through the massive intervention of the new rulers: the Savoy. Given its position, Locana was devastated not only by the continuous wars between the local nobles, by frequent and catastrophic floods of the tumultuous Orco stream which, in 1628, also destroyed the ancient parish church of San Meinerio, rebuilt a few years later and dedicated to San Pietro in Vincoli.

The internal events in Locana tend from this moment on to follow the evolution of the Italian situation between moments of greater socio-political tension and periods of relative quiet. Certainly in the history of the territory, in the early 1900s, the emergence of the Municipal Electricity Company “AEM” stands out, a new economic reality that will bring work and well-being throughout the Orco valley. The idea by the company to exploit the hydroelectric potential of the valley appears already in 1916, inserting itself in the climate of trust and optimism brought about by the Great War. The economic crisis that will hit Italy will postpone the start of the project to 1925 with the construction of the Ceresole-Rosone plant consisting of the large artificial reservoir of Ceresole Reale and the Rosone hydroelectric power plant included in the municipality of Locana.

The plant will start operating in 1929 and was inaugurated by the Prince of Piedmont on August 2, 1931. Subsequently, AEM will continue to work hard in the exploitation of the Orco valley and in the municipality of Locana the following works were built in chronological order: 1940 completion loading chamber, forced and central Bardonetto works; 1953 completion of the Valsoera dam works; 1955 completion of the Telessio dam works; 1959 completion of the Eugio dam works.

And yes, I have downloaded and started translating the necessary documents and paperwork…. think I am playin? Wouldn’t take more than a couple friends to get serious….

totally doable…. shit, my wife is eligible for Birthright Italian Citizenship, her paternal grandparents were Vercellotti and Vannucci, give me an excuse!

Give me an old buddy crazy enough to want to explore Europe with me and my family…. Give me an old buddy, that wants to give that experience to his or her family… maybe, together we can do it for both our families….

Anybody sick enough of all this ‘winning’?

https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/locana-italian-town-pay-you-to-move-there

ITALIAN VILLAGE OFFERS €9,000 FOR PEOPLE TO MOVE THERE

https://www.independent.co.uk/travel/news-and-advice/locana-piedmont-italy-pay-move-house-relocate-a8754296.html

An Italian town will pay you to move there – but there’s a small catch

https://www.lonelyplanet.com/news/2019/01/30/locana-wants-people-children

Comune Di Locana Official Website

http://www.comune.locana.to.it/it-it/home

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