“It may sound like a cliché, but it was truly a dream-come-true. My trip last May was everything I had hoped and oh, so much more! Arriving at the Villa was surreal, rivaled only by awe upon being led into my elegantly appointed quarters. Each morning I awoke with such eager anticipation for the trip that awaited us that day and the culinary adventure planned for that evening. I was NEVER disappointed not for a moment not once. To be able to cook alongside such a highly regarded professional in the culinary world was humbling without being intimidating… Marilisa was delightful. I felt that the unison of introducing the wine with the food was seamlessly orchestrated. I just simply loved it all!”

— Barbara Zawoysky, Clifton Park, NY

“The field trips were all memorable. …even the ‘locals’ don’t have the opportunity to visit the types of places we visited. Very, very special.”

— Leon Perakis, Palo Alto

“I feel as if I have a whole new understanding of Italy and its food and wine.”

— Mitzi Klukvin

“I find myself at 6 a.m. deboning chicken and making fillets, peeling peppers, and making cutlets at 11:00 in the evening. Again, this is not the me I have known all these years. Thank you for my new epicurean interests.”

— Elaine Grey, Boston

“The Villa is spectacular, and one can imagine checking in and never leaving.”

— Susan Martin, Washington, D.C.

“Our room, view, and breakfast were wonderful… Marilisa charmingly taught us so much about wine… Every day was special, exciting, and delicious… The day trips were so educational. Lunches were delicious we couldn’t pick our favorite lunch because they were all so good… We learned so much in class. You gave us so much information… We wouldn’t have changed a thing. You thought of everything, right down to the most minute detail.”

— Sophann Schleifer, Scottsdale

“We have fond memories of spending our honeymoon cooking at Villa Giona, so we were thrilled to be able to celebrate our anniversary there at your alumni class this May. We hope to return again someday thanks for sharing this special part of Italy with us.”

— Dawn and Eric Wright, Seattle
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