Montieri in the Municipality of Castagna in the Northern Maremma, is one of the greenest places in Europe. Since 2014, a geothermal steam system has been heating public and private buildings here, benefitting energy savings.
Montieri addresses smart working through a process that began a long time ago and launched in 2020 with the Work Different campaign, part of the Visit Different tourism programme, which invites travellers to rethink their future for the better, far from cities.
To ensure remote work, the Municipality has worked to double services such as bars and restaurants and to ensure broadband coverage. However, the true forerunner campaign of Work Different was the promotion of selling houses for 1 Euro. In Montieri, it's possible to buy abandoned buildings to be restored for the price of a coffee. It's an initiative that has brought new people to the municipality and generated a great boost in tourism and construction.