Our Team

Anna Maria Antonietta Riviello

Anna Maria Antoinette Riviello

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

Antonio D'amico

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

Erica Mantovani

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

Ilaria Di Fidio

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Marcella Barattin

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Maria Grazia Ricciardo

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Peter Ciavarella

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
Raffaele Battista

Raphael Baptist



MATh – From Italian Adventist University “Villa Aurora”
BATh – From FAT Séminaire Adventiste du Salève.

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.

Raquel Vervloet

Degree: Decoration art course, from the Academy of Fine Arts. Masters in “The Disciplines of Representation in the educational process,” from the University of Rome “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.

Titian Rimoldi

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!).

Language Department,
Italian Culture and Art

Annual/summer/intensive courses

Faculty of Theology

Bachelor's degree programs
and master's degree in Theology
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