In Biccari, you can buy the €1 houses that need fixing, but for ‘complete’ houses the prices are still pretty low: between about €7,500 and €13,000. This offer is apparently so good that over 7,000 people from all over the world have already sent messages asking to buy a house. This might be a problem because there are ‘possibly more than a hundred’ available, according to the sources.
In any case, this shows that there is still enough interest to live in towns like these. Biccari was founded by Romans and flourished in the Middle Ages and features a few Medieval monuments. The mayor, Gianfilippo Mignogna, saw how many nice houses in the old center were slowly being forgotten and came up with this plan. If his plan succeeds in bringing this old town back to life, it might be a good alternative for the other towns struggling with depopulation. A plan like this could help in keeping small towns flourishing, but it could also help in keeping historical houses in good condition.