Our Team

11Anna Maria Antonietta Riviello

Anna Maria Antonietta Riviello

PROGRAM DIRECTOR
Degree: Degree in Distance Education
Years working at Villa: 19 years
Florence Favorite: Florence as seen from Piazzale Michelangelo at sunset
Goals for all Students: To help in their academic, social, and spiritually growth  while being here in Italy
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Antonio D'amico

PROFESSOR
Degree: Degree in art, Focus on painting,  from the Aacademia delle Belle Arte
Years Teaching at Villa: 4 years 
Florence Favorite: Going to libraries and visiting art museums and exhibits in town
Goals for Students: To always do well and to keep improving while learning new techniques
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Erica Mantovani

PROFESSOR
Degree: Humanities Degree in English Literature and Religion, from Newbold College
Years Teaching at Villa: 20 years 
Florence Favorite: The annual christmas market in Piazza Santa Croce 
Goals for Students: That they may learn as much as they can academically whilepersonally growing  into better people during their time here
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Ilaria Di Fidio

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Marcella Barattin

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Maria Grazia Ricciardo

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Pietro Ciavarella

PROFESSOR
Degree: BA in History, from the University of Illinois Chicago. MDiv and ThM, from the Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield
Years Teaching at Villa: 21 years 
Florence Favorite: Bike riding and long walks with my wife through the city center
Goals for Students: To know Christ, to grow as human beings, to speak Italian, and to get to know Italy
11Raffaele Battista

Raffaele Battista

PROFESSOR
Degree: Masters in Theology, from Villa Aurora Univeristy
Years teaching at Villa: 17 years
Florence Favorite: Whenever possible, going out to eat with friends or relatives and enjoying simple Tuscan or Neapolitan dishes. 
Goals for all Students: The achievement of the educational objectives, of course, but I hope that our year spent together will also be light and fun. Learning to manage one’s positive energy, knowing how to concentrate and relax appropriately.
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Raquel Vervloet

PROFESSOR
Degree: Decoration art course, from the Accademia di Belle Arte. Masters in “The Disciplines of Representation in the educational process,” from the  Università degli Studi di Roma “Tor Vergata”
Years Teaching at Villa: 13 years 
Florence Favorite: I love strolling through the streets, getting an ice cream, visting a museum, entering different churches and hearing their bell tower ringing at the same time, and watching the sunset over the Arno from the Ponte Vecchio while breathing in the air between the old and new.
Goals for Students: To have them get a “taste” of basic drawing techniques using various materials. Also, getting them to look at drawing not as something only for those who are already “Great”, becasue we are all capable of drawing. Everyone, with time and patience, can draw too.
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Tiziano Rimoldi

PROFESSOR
Degree: PhD in Church and State 
Years Teaching at Villa: 17 years 
Florence Favorite: Going on walks through the streets in the city center, particularly the street “Via del Corso”
Goals for Students: To be active, informed, and to read reality with keen eyes (and read some physical books!).