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Villa Giona

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Villa Giona in Verona, Tuscany in Italy


Verona, Tuscany
Villa Giona

The Domenico Morone room at Villa Giona in Verona, Tuscany in Italy
Ten minutes from romantic Verona and Lake Garda, the Villa Giona offers a sophisticated Tuscan food escape. This sixteenth-century villa has just six rooms, surrounded by an enchanting twelve-acre park with vineyard gardens. The property also hosts hands-on, five-hour cooking classes taught by Giuliano Hazan, the son of Marcella Hazan, doyenne of the Italian culinary scene. Subjects include homemade pasta and risotto, and every class includes a wine presentation from Marilisa Allegrini, whose winery bottles an exclusive Villa Giona label. All cooking holidays incorporate excursions, including visits to a Veronese olive press, a historical rice mill with original crushing stones to process the rice for risotto and a factory where Parmigiano-Reggiano is made.

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