WHO WE ARE

A collaborative of local and ex-pat professional chefs, olive oil experts, artists and academics who share passion for art, food, sustainability, hospitality, and above all: italia.   

Johnny Madge: Internationally acclaimed olive oil sommelier, marble sculptor, expert forager, and tour guide extraordinaire.

Libby Greenfield: Dedicated chef, cooking instructor, cookbook author, goat-lover and royal hostess.

Rissa Miller: Chef, painter, obsessive flower gardener and art historian in-the-making.   

Luigi Caranti: University professor and Kant scholar who dreams of being a farmer - when he's not teaching or writing, Luigi owns and operates his agroturismo villa property, tending his olive trees, crafting his own wine, and arguing with his tractor.    

James Johnstone: Award-winning historical walking tours guide, linguist, translator, story-teller and Canadian transplant - James brings his knowledge, passion, and exquisite fashion sense to every tour. Read his wonderful blog here

 

WHAT WE DO

Design and host arts, writing, and food workshop retreats with bespoke itineraries in Sabina - a secluded and rustic countryside paradise just 45 minutes north of Rome.  

The villa property maintains a vineyard, olive and fruit orchards, vegetable gardens and luxury swimming pool.  We offer menus full of local organic products, small producer wines and unique local tours to make your creative workshop holiday unforgettable.   

 


Johnny and Rissa are so much fun, and are so experienced in their fields! There is no one, young or old, that I wouldn’t recommend this to.
— N. Fletcher - Germany

We couldn’t have asked for a better hostess- the one and only Rissa Miller. Pampering us with her delicious food, she didn’t get a moment for herself. Not to mention she made everything from scratch, choosing the best ingredients in a very creative approach. The food was exquisite.

— D. Raslan - Bahrain

I attended the food photography and styling workshop and I cannot say enough good things about my experience with Rome Retreats. From the smooth planning process and organization for my trip to the experience of expanding my photography knowledge in such an inspiring atmosphere, it was an unforgettable experience. The hospitality was top notch and the food at the villa is by far the best food you will ever have on a retreat.
— Lori Rice, USA

(How lucky to have a talent like Lori Rice with us ! See her incredible food blog here!) 


annual workshops

FOOD STYLING AND FOOD PHOTOGRAPHY with Meeta K. Wolff

THE ART OF SLOW COOKING with Libby Greenfield

CERAMICS INTENSIVE with Eleonora Colletti

PAINTING EN PLEIN AIR with Racquel Keller

THE FORCE OF POETRY with Liz Rees

 

 

 Workshop space is limited. Contact us to book your place!