This is an interesting article. An American/Italian couple who've spent a lot of time in Italy and want to retire there in the next few years decided to buy a home ahead of time so any necessary building modifications could be completed before they were ready to move. Pandemic-related travel restrictions made it impossible for them and not advisable for their European-resident daughter to see the place in person before the sale was finalized.
I was surprised one could buy a 3-bedroom, 3-bath house (with lake view from the top floor) in Meina, a town on Lake Maggiore, for €85,000 ($100,000). The house is described as needing work but charming, watertight and weathertight. The planned refurbishment (including insulation, rewiring, and removal of the third bathroom) will be much less expensive than usual due to economic-recovery tax breaks currently available in Italy. The article estimates the remodeling will total about €97,000 ($114,000) but only cost about €22,000 ($26,000) out of pocket due to the incentives