Lorraine Bracco goes from movie units to development websites. The Sopranos actor is ready to star in a brand new HGTV sequence about her efforts to renovate a 200-year-old house in Italy that she bought for the cut price worth of only one euro.
‘My Big Italian Adventure’ with Lorraine Bracco premieres Oct. 30
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In My Big Italian Adventure, Bracco, who performed Tony Soprano’s psychiatrist Dr. Jennifer Melfi on the acclaimed HBO sequence The Sopranos, will renovate a decrepit house within the tiny Sicilian village of Sambuca di Sicilia. The Oscar and Emmy nominee bought the 1,075-square-foot property for lower than $2, because of an effort by the city’s mayor to promote the village’s vacant houses and encourage folks to return to the agricultural space. The solely catch? The home doesn’t have electrical energy, working water, kitchen, or loos. The flooring is crumbling and the roof is falling aside.
Despite the sorry situation of the home, Bracco hopes to show it into a calming retreat for her household. The new sequence premieres Friday, Oct. 30 at 9 p.m. ET on HGTV.
‘The Sopranos’ star says the challenge was a ‘huge undertaking’
Bracco — who lived for years in France whereas she was working as a mannequin — admits that renovating the dilapidated Sicilian house is an enormous challenge.
“I believe life is an adventure,” she stated in a press release. “When I saw the article that you could buy a house in Sambuca for one euro, I jumped on it. So, I came on the plane. I bought the house. I’m very excited to be here, meet and work with the locals, and live amongst them. I’m here to pay homage to my family that comes from Sicily.”
“This is a huge undertaking,” she added. “I’m not a contractor. I’m not a decorator. I’m an actress. I’ve never done this before. I have no idea what I’m really getting into! It’s a lot of work, but everything is possible. I believe that. And for one euro, we’ll see!”
Bracco will companion with an area contractor, architect, and different consultants to rework the property. Ultimately, the utterly renovated house will function a surprising entry with a custom-tiled rug, a dreamy bed room, and an indoor courtyard.
Bracco isn’t the one one who snapped up an inexpensive home in Sicily
Sambuca di Sicilia made headlines in 2019 when it introduced it was promoting vacant homes for lower than the price of a cup of espresso. According to a report from CNN, at the very least 10 homes had been bought quickly after the initiative was introduced. Purchasers bought a house in a stunning location, although the deal got here with sure situations.
New house owners needed to pay a €5,000 safety deposit, which they get again as soon as the renovation is completed. They additionally needed to decide to spending at the very least €15,000 fixing up their new house. For that, they get a house in a location many individuals dream of.
“Sambuca is known as the City of Splendor,” Giuseppe Cacioppo, Sambuca’s deputy mayor and vacationer councilor, instructed CNN. “This fertile patch of land is dubbed the Earthly Paradise. We’re located inside a natural reserve, packed with history. Gorgeous beaches, woods and mountains surround us. It’s silent and peaceful, an idyllic retreat for a detox stay.”
My Big Italian Adventure premieres Friday, Oct. 30 at 9 p.m. ET on HGTV.