Our Team Makes the Experience

Our Host & Founder, Anitya Marlowe

Anitya Marlowe enjoys sharing her passion for Italy with others.  She has designed an authentic experience that includes a variety of her favorite Sicilian cultural experiences in one week. Working in the marketing field for a specialty hospital, followed by selling pharmaceuticals, Anitya has coordinated events to entertain for over half of her life. Now, mix that skill with passion, a desire to please people, and the ability to share her love for Italy. Just imagine how fun these trips are!  “My goal is to make guests feel at home in our beautiful villa, have fun exploring some of the islands most historical towns,  and hope they leave with a bit of Sicily in their hearts.”

Anitya has been to Italy, specifically Sicily, time and time again to vacation, and attend immersion language school at The Italian Academy in Syracuse. During these visits, she visited the nearby towns and attractions numerous times, meanwhile building relationships to perfect the tours. She now considers Ortigia her second home. Healthy eating is something Italians practice daily. The first time she went to Sicily, she felt she hadn’t eaten a preservative the entire time until she reached the airport. Her vision to combine this “Farm-to-Table” cooking experience with wellness,  goes hand in hand to provide guests to take part in  true cultural immersion.  


Anitya is an Honor Guard in The National Institute for the of the Royal Tombs of the Pantheon, a member of  The Group of  Savoia, and a board member for the Italian Cultural Institute of Louisville.

Our Activity Leaders

Our Chef, Amalia & Pastry Chef Donatella

Amalia, our head chef is from a Sicilian family that has maintained their culture on the island for several generations. With Amalia’s true Sicilian roots, she is the ideal person to share authentic recipes with you to make home for your family and friends. In Amalia’s free time, she hosts guests in her home to provide them with a true Italian cultural experience and helps them with their language and cooking skills.  Amalia brings big energy and enthusiasm for sharing her delicious recipes, and a passion for making you feel at home in her beautiful country.


Donatella, our pastry chef is also a part of a multi generational Sicilian family, raised in a big family in a small town outside of Modica. Donatella joined our team for the first time in 2019 and helps Amalia in the kitchen as well as in charge of the dessert and pastry portion of the menu and lessons.  Donatella speaks fluent Sicilian, Italian, English and Mandarin and teaches English language lessons.  Donatella is an amazingly kind person and is thrilled to welcome and share her beautiful island with guests.

Jennifer Blair, Our Life Coach 


Wellness & Yoga week July 27-August 3rd

Jennifer Blair is a leading life coach, inspirational speaker and author in Louisville, Kentucky. After receiving her training from the Co-Active Training Institute in 2003, she founded Excavive Coaching & Consulting to empower people to embrace their authenticity, pursue their passions, increase their self-confidence and build the kind of lives they truly want to live. Fueled by the desire for intense joy and ignited by her passionate pursuits—including several trips to Italy, flower design, art excursions, and Latin dancing— Jennifer strives to live her life with balance, purpose and passion each and every day, and she inspires her clients around the country to do the same. The author of The True You: Tools to Excavate, Explore & Evolve, Jennifer lives in Louisville, Kentucky and is a Board Member of the Italian Cultural Institute of Louisville.

Our Yoga Instructor,
Kyle Citrynell

Kyle Citrynell has studied Bikram and vinyasa style yoga in over fifty studios on three continents and across the United States, and had the privilege of taking classes from some preeminent contemporary yogis. Drawn to the practice in her 50’s, Kyle has made yoga a centerpiece of her life, recognizing its benefits in countering the limitations caused by advancing age and sedentary lives. Wanting to deepen her own practice and share yoga with others, Kyle trained and is certified to teach Bikram and Sacred Geometry Vinyasa style yoga.

Kyle has a passion for travel as well as yoga and is modeling the yoga around many European retreats she has taken part of.  She is a member of the Italian Cultural Institute of Louisville and is familiar with the Italian language. 


Kyle resides in and practices law in downtown Louisville, Kentucky