In addition to the welcome payments, rents have also been slashed to attract people.
The Mayor of Bormida, in northern Italy, is trying to tempt people to the remote mountain village for fears it will turn into a ghost town.
Young people have been deserting the town in droves, favouring the livelier city of nearby Savona.
In a bid to attract new blood mayor Daniele Galliano is offering a €2,000 (£1,700) “bonus” to anyone willing to move there.
Situated in the north-west Liguria region, which sits 1,380 feet above sea level, the town currently has 394 residents.
But in addition to the welcome payments, rents have also been slashed to attract people.
The manager of Oddone Giuseppe, one of the town’s only four restaurants, said: “There is nothing much to do here.
“But life is so simple and natural, we have forests, goats, the church, and plenty of good food. Life would definitely be free of stress.”
Since being launched in 2014 the population has risen from 390 to 394
Further incentives include cheap rent, with a small property in the town setting you back €50 (£42) a month, while a bigger one will be no more than €120 (£101).
As people packed up and left, it meant more and more properties remained empty and so Mr Galliano decided it high time they “take action’.
He said: ”We couldn’t rent them at market value, so we chose a symbolic number and the requests abounded: the important thing was to repopulate the village.”