One ad, 95 applications

One ad, 95 applications

Panorama of Cortina d'Ampezzo © anna.q (shutterstock)

People from all over the country have come forward in response to a report by a northern Italian priest. They all want to become sextons in the Dolomites. What attracts applicants to the picturesque little town?

The northern Italian Dolomite town of Cortina d'Ampezzo has been known for decades for winter sports and ice cream. It rubs off on his parish: When Pastor Ivano Brambilla placed an ad seeking a new sexton, he received 95 applications from all over Italy, from Lombardy to Sicily, northern Italian media reported (Sunday).

Fittingly for Davos, Italy, the position includes a salary, Christmas bonus and vacation pay, as well as room and board – albeit initially for a limited period. Just under a third of the applicants were probably genuinely interested in the job of sexton; the rest were simply looking for work in bad times, according to the parish priest after first sifting through the applications.

The place of action is the parish church "Santi Filippo e Giacomo" from the 18th century. century, consecrated to the patrons of the winter sports resort. The previous sexton is retiring after 16 years.

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