23 June 2011

House Hunters International in Trivigno


We just finished-up almost a week of shooting here in Trivigno and Ascoli Piceno for an upcoming episode of the popular American show called House Hunter's International (HHI) that airs on HGTV. They will focus as much on our lifestyle here in Basilicata and how we have been welcomed in Trivigno, as on the house purchase process itself.

A year ago when we were in Northern Virginia the program emailed me and we corresponded some but I didn't see the benefit of pursuing the project at that time. HHI contacted Valerie just over a month ago (they found us via our blogs) and she corresponded via email and talked to them by phone. We had not watched much of this show previously but we viewed a few segments on YouTube to get a better idea of what it is about. We put together a short video so they could see and hear us and emailed that off. They liked our unique story of finding Valerie’s family roots in this area and locating a house without a real estate agent.

Steve, Bryan, Paul, Bill, Valerie
The film crew, based in London, arrived last Tuesday and we spent three days together doing scenes in Trivigno, Anzi and Matera. Saturday we drove to Ascoli Piceno for a day of shooting. The story line will follow our house search from Ascoli since we were already living in Italy when we started looking for a house. Bill the director, Paul the cameraman and Steve the sound tech were all great to work with. They made the process easy and fun and also appreciated the Southern Italy hospitality that we find so endearing.

We hope this will be a boost for some of our friends here who have an agriturismo, our friend Tonino who is an engineer that has helped us so much in the process and for Trivigno itself. When others see why we find it so inviting they will also be interested. With the new web-site, My Bella Basilicata, and our desire to help the town that has been so inviting to us, we decided this is a good project for us to pursue. The actual episode will air in a few months; I will share the date when we are notified.

Besides, the film crew of Bill, Steve and Paul made it fun!

12 comments:

Niki said...

I love House Hunters International. Can't wait to see your episode. Pretty cool. :-)

deniseblackman said...

I love this show too! I am surprised they dont do more shows from Italy. Can't wait to see your episode!

Bryan said...

Niki & Denise - That seems to be the consensus that a lot of people watch HHI. I have seen various viewer numbers but it may be close to the total population for all of Italy!

Gil said...

Congratulations! I can't wait to see it.

Anonymous said...

My family is from Ascoli Piceno. My husband and I went to Italy last month and spent a few days in Ascoli. It would be wonderful to be able to see this beautiful city on HHI. When will the episode air??

Bryan said...

We have not been notified of the air date yet but be certain it that I will post that when it becomes available.

Anonymous said...

Just viewed the episode and sorry to see Anzi not included in the show. My family roots are in Anzi and many of us here in Cleveland, Ohio were hoping to see the home village featured on the show.

Anonymous said...

I missed this episode... is there any way to view it on line? Or will it be aired again? Thank you.

Bryan said...

Some of the scenes are mislabeled and are in Anzi and Ascoli Piceno.

We aren't aware of the episode being online but this is the schedule from HGTV:

http://www.hgtv.com/house-hunters-international/a-life-of-leisure-in-trivigno-italy/index.html

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Djuana Daniel said...

I love this episode. Thank you for sharing your house hunt in this beautiful country. It is on right now! 24/3/13