Look Inside The Sicilian Apartment From Amanda and Alan’s Italian Job Season 1

By Martha Davies

6 months ago

Spotted this gorgeous apartment on the telly? This is your chance to check it out...

If you happened to catch season 1 of Amanda & Alan’s Italian Job, you’ll know that the show focused on the renovation of a property in the rural Sicilian town of Salemi. Want to know what the apartment really looks like? We’ve got all the details.

Amanda and Alan’s Italian Job: Check Out Amanda Holden & Alan Carr’s Sicilian Apartment

As part of a scheme run by the Italian government which aims to draw people back into rural villages, Holden and Carr originally bought two dilapidated flats for only €1 each. The Italian Job, an eight-part series which recently aired on BBC One, followed the celebrity pair as they transformed both flats into a single spectacular home. The finished property went on the market last year with Italy Sotheby’s International Realty for €145,000, and all proceeds of the sale were split between Children in Need and Comic Relief.

White marble kitchen with wooden bar stools

Diletta Giorgolo Spinola, Head of Residential at Italy Sotheby’s International Realty, said that the company has already received over 350 enquiries about the property, with the majority of these enquiries coming from the UK. 

Spinola noted that most of the €1 homes have been purchased ‘as second homes or for tourism purposes,’ meaning that the scheme has not yet had the desired effect of reinvigorating neglected hamlets. However, she is optimistic about the renewed interest expressed in these areas: they ‘represent the history of our country,’ she stated, emphasising that ‘we cannot let [them] die.’

Holden and Carr’s ambitious DIY project involved a complete overhaul of each flat to create a glorious space spanning 1,399 square feet. The property blended contemporary features and traditional Italian elements, with a slab of Sicilian marble sitting proudly atop the base of the kitchen island and classic local tiles studding the archway between the kitchen and living area. 

Dining room with pink walls and a blue-and-white tiled archway

Each of the two bedrooms were finished in gorgeous earthy shades and statement patterns which perfectly underscorec the green tones of the hills outside. Further marble accents could be found in the two elegant bathrooms, with one boasting a particularly exciting feature: a light-up disco ball installed by Holden in perhaps the most entertaining moment of the BBC series.

White bedroom with green feature wall

The magnificent Sicilian landscape could be seen from three balconies, although the property’s patio area was itself a pocket of paradise, with soft-hued cushions and strings of sparkling lights creating the perfect place for guests to gather. 

Terrace with pastel yellow walls, striped cushions, and palm trees.

Affectionately named ‘Casa Alamanda,’ this property was not only a TV novelty but a seriously magnificent home. Holden and Carr spent three months on its design and renovation – with DIY mishaps and conflicting tastes making for a rather comedic process – and the result was an exquisite apartment more than deserving of its BBC screen time. Plus, you can’t get much better than this postcard-perfect location: Salemi can be credited for verdant vistas and a vibrant cultural scene which includes a spectacular annual pasta festival. What more could you ask for?

White sign with blue painted letters spelling 'Casa Alamanda'

If you’re desperate to live out your rural Italian fantasy, there’s no better place than this – disco ball and all.