Over the past few months, you may have become aware of a certain phenomenon.

Numerous Italian towns have adopted a scheme of selling abandoned homes off for 1 euro, or about $1.12 at the current exchange rate.

Urbanization has led to the dwindling populations of provincial settlements as cities and their suburbs thrive and become overpopulated. As a result, some of Italy’s most beautiful, historical small towns are dying out.

The headline-grabbing low prices are designed to combat that, and what success there has been so far has led to a proliferation of similar strategies being deployed across the country.

Read more: A picturesque Sicilian town succeeded in selling off its abandoned homes after auctions started at just $1

The strategy has received plenty of media coverage, and many of the towns have become inundated with offers from foreigners on their cheap properties.

A home for $1 was always going to be too good to be true, however, and most of these properties are often in a dilapidated condition, requiring thousands of dollars in restoration and renovation to make them habitable again — let alone nice.

I recently traveled to Sicily to visit three of the towns that have adopted the $1 home plans — Sambuca, Mussomeli, and Cammarata — to see what foreign buyers are really getting themselves into.

Here’s what some of them look like inside and, finally, once they’re renovated.

Credits: Business Insider

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