'Sopranos' Star Lorraine Bracco to Star in New HGTV Show Set in Italy
Lorraine Bracco is going from film sets to construction sites. The Sopranos actor is set to star in a new HGTV series about her efforts to renovate a 200-year-old home in Italy that she purchased for the bargain price of just one euro.
In My Big Italian Adventure, Bracco, who played Tony Soprano’s psychiatrist Dr. Jennifer Melfi on the acclaimed HBO series The Sopranos, will renovate a decrepit home in the tiny Sicilian village of Sambuca di Sicilia. The Oscar and Emmy nominee got the 1,075-square-foot property for less than $2, thanks to an effort by the town’s mayor to sell the village’s vacant homes and encourage people to return to the rural area. The only catch? The house doesn’t have electricity, running water, kitchen, or bathrooms. The floor is crumbling and the roof is falling apart.
Despite the sorry condition of the house, Bracco hopes to turn it into a relaxing retreat for her family. The new series premieres Friday, Oct. 30 at 9 p.m. ET on HGTV.
‘The Sopranos’ star says the project was a ‘huge undertaking’
Bracco — who lived for years in France while she was working as a model — admits that renovating the dilapidated Sicilian home is a massive project.
“I believe life is an adventure,” she said in a statement. “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 ...
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