(CNN) — Towns across Italy have been racing to launch clever schemes aimed at luring new residents to revive their fortunes in recent years.

Town of Presicce in the Puglia region – Roberto Micoccio

From dilapidated homes selling for little more than a dollar, to ready-to-occupy houses at knockdown prices, there’s been a frenzy of competition.

The picturesque town of Presicce in the sunny region of Puglia is the latest to enter the game with a tantalizing offer. Officials say they will pay people up to 30,000 euros (roughly $30,000) to buy an empty dwelling and take up residency.

Even better, the houses up for sale as part of the deal are priced from around 25,000 euros. Like other cheap properties on sale across Italy, they’ve been long abandoned by their original owners.

And as an added bonus, the location is incredible, surrounded by the nature of the Salento area in the heel of Italy’s boot and close to the powder beaches and turquoise clear waters of Santa Maria di Leuca.

Presicce merged with the nearby town of Acquarica in 2019 – Ragemax/Adobe Stock
The houses for sale start at around 25,000 euros – Roberto Micoccio