The Italian Staff

Even before Edmund Zimmerman greets you at La Romita, the first smiling face many La Romita School participants will see is that of Antonio Meloni, La Romita School’s courteous and unflappable driver. Your painting holiday in Italy begins as Antonio takes you by private bus to the many beautiful hill-towns that decorate the gentle slopes of Umbria’s green mountains — internationally-known destinations such as Perugia and Assisi, as well as lesser-known jewels such as Todi, Narni, and Spoleto, to the truly obscure: Stroncone, Labro, Ferentillo, Cesi…..


Egizia & Franca

Franca Vincenzoni is Egizia’s “sous chef” in the kitchen and is responsible for many of the delicious home-made coffee-cakes (biscotto) and fruit pastries (crostata) served at breakfast.Egizia Cruciani is La Romita School’s head cook, preparing delicious regional specialities such as ciriole ai funghi (a fresh pasta made with only water and flour, no egg), frittata con gli asparagi (open-face egg omlette with asparagus), and aristo di maiale (oven-roast pork). Her husband Osvaldo, a retired train conductor with the Ferrovie Statale of Italy, helps with the many assorted maintenance tasks involved with keeping the complex running smoothly.


Egizia and Osvaldo

Egizia and Osvaldo



Ivo and Sylvana are another crucial husband-and-wife team. Ivo is the main grounds-keeper, and Sylvana is responsible for breakfast set-up, helps Egizia out in the kitchen, and is also a member of the housekeeping staff, also comprised of Letizia Bordoni and Tina DeSantis. Tina has been with La Romita School since its inception!


Help Support La Romita

For over 55 years La Romita has been pursuing its mission "to inspire individual creativity and artistic expression through workshops in Italy, cultural exchange, and appreciation of the arts". We feel deeply that what we are doing at La Romita - the ways that it has enriched lives and promoted appreciaition of culture and art - is worth preserving through the toughest times. You can help us to continue to pursue our mission by making a donation this season. A donation to our La Romita Foundation will go to maintaining our staff and property until it's safe to travel once again.

By helping support us through a gift (every little bit counts!) you will be an integral part of our future and the future of all who come through our doors.

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