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Hey, I’m Anna!

Castiglione del Lago, Italy · Member since January 2013
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I am the owner and the chatelaine of Villa Gioianna. Creating a beautiful, comfortable and gracious home for guests from all over the world to enjoy is my passion. I love the calm, fresh air, good living and relaxation of the countryside and the cultural, architectural, geographical and culinary riches of our area. It's a difficult combination to beat ! It is very gratifying to see our guests arrive stressed and tired and worn out from 21st century living and leave after a week feeling refreshed and renewed and glowing with happiness. Some cannot help themselves and grab a secateurs and start pottering in the garden; it's their form of relaxation. I understand that and welcome all hands! But often the best activity is to just sit by the pool and breathe in the lavender and honeysuckle.

The property has a magical effect on everyone. I am only the third owner in its history and I see why: once you are here, it is hard to imagine ever letting go ! I hope to pass it down through my family as well and that generations to come can enjoy it.

In the meantime, you'll find me out in the countryside doing the hard slog of work like eating in great restaurants and tasting wines (purely for selfless research reasons so that I can advise my guests on the best places to go) or trawling through the antique markets and handicrafts shops looking for the perfect item to improve even more the ambiance and comfort at the Villa. But more likely, I'll be engaged in less glamorous activities like slinging compost and manure onto the garden.

It's a challenging but rewarding lifestyle and I hope you will come and enjoy the fruits of our labor. You're most welcome and we look forward to hosting you!