HGTV has been a mecca for home makeovers and real estate tips for many years now. From Fixer Upper to House Hunters, the network offers its viewers a wide variety of shows to satisfy all their interests. However, HGTV has been lacking when it comes to the Italian market, but not anymore. My Big Italian Adventure, airing on Friday, Oct. 30th, is the network’s newest addition and it’s sure to be a winner.
The show follows Goodfellas and The Sopranos actress, Lorraine Bracco, as she renovates her new 200-year-old Sicilian home. The home is located in Sambuca di Sicilia, and Bracco purchased the 1,075 square foot building for 1 euro. This house is one of many in Italy being sold for 1 euro to help facilitate the dwindling populations in many of the country’s smaller towns. Most of these homes come with a stipulation that the buyer must complete renovations within two to five years.
Bracco is one of the many brave purchasers who are undeterred by the challenges ahead.
She said, “I believe life is an adventure. 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.”
The actress’ new home has no electricity or running water. The floors and walls are crumbling, while the roof is in desperate need of repair. Basically, the project appears to be a complete gut job, and there are sure to be unexpected financial costs and unforeseen difficulties along the way. However, the end result will undoubtedly be stunning.
“This is a huge undertaking,” said Bracco. “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.”
If you’ve been wondering about these 1 euro homes, now is your chance for an in-depth look.