Building La Dolce Vita With Debbie Travis

Genre: Home & Garden

Duration: 6 x 30’

Year of Production: 2015

Production Company: Whalley-Abbey Media

Commissioned By: Canal Vie Canada

Definition: HD

Design icon Debbie Travis is risking her life savings to buy and transform a 13th century medieval watchtower and farmhouse in Tuscany into a luxurious women-only retreat. Inspiring, touching and heart-warming, the series explores the highs and lows of buying and renovating a large property in a foreign country. As Tuscany is deemed an international heritage site, Debbie is forced to conform to rigid historical protection laws and red-tape committees. Working with some of the best architects, designers and tradesmen in Italy, she struggles to grasp the language and assimilate to a new culture. Plus Debbie must also wrap her head around what it takes to run a 100-acre farm with 800 olive trees and a vineyard. At the heart of the series is Debbie’s personal journey to find a new happiness through her desire to create a one-of-a-kind retreat that captures the transformative spirit of Tuscany and the experience of La Dolce Vita – The Sweet Life.