illa Giona, a country residence from the Renaissance period, lies near romantic Verona and beautiful Lake Garda. Originally built in the early 16th-century, the handsomely restored villa will make you feel a part of Italy's rich history from the moment you arrive.
Fine Venetian hospitality will greet you, and the friendly staff, perhaps even Paolo the owner, will show you to the spacious room that will be yours for the week. In your room, you'll discover luxurious furnishings and little touches throughout to help pamper you during your stay.
Awake to breakfast served in the loggia, where you'll find a variety of delicious fresh pastries, cereals, fruits, yogurts, and more. Linger over a cappuccino and drink in the view of the gardens, while you get ready for a day of culture and culinary delights. Inside the villa, you will find an atmosphere of relaxation and many wonderful treasures. Stop in the library, and look through the collection of ancient books, or spend time perusing the the beautiful collection of artwork throughout the villa.
Twelve acres of lovely park and vineyards surround the stately mansion. Spend your free time leisurely walking around the tranquil gardens and ponds, or visiting with the resident duck and goose. Only a few steps away, you'll find the beautiful vineyards; in a few years, the Allegrini wine producers will harvest grapes for the premiere of their new Villa Giona label.
By the end of the week, you will have experienced a combination of Italy's rich history, wonderful culture, and warm hospitality, not to mention delectable food. As our students will attest: "The Villa is spectacular, and one can imagine checking in and never leaving."
For more information about Villa Giona, please visit the Villa Giona web site.