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Michael and Grace Palescandolo
Michael and Grace Palescandolo

Michael and Grace Palescandolo, a couple from New Jersey, lived in Bologna, Italy for five years after they were first married. After returning to the USA, their hearts remained in Italy, having experienced and savored la dolce vita.

Both of Italian heritage, their fathers and numerous relatives born in Italy, it was their dream to plant roots in their native land. In 1998 their dream became reality when they purchased Santa Cristina. The renovation was such a positive experience that they purchased their second villa Domus Gratia in 2003.

Michael and Grace produce olive oil exclusively from the 1000 olive trees on their properties, as well as red and white wine from their vineyard. Vegetables, rosemary and sage are cultivated on both properties for enjoyment by their guests.

Michael and Grace enjoy traveling to Italy with their children, parents, relatives and friends. Their villas are splendid for celebrations and gatherings. They welcome their guests with open arms.

A photo of Michael and his Mother-in -law with our caretakers Mario (sitting in the middle), Giuseppina (in red), their children Elena (laughing) and Alessio (hugging his mother). Mario is a professional farmer, caring for the olives and the vineyard, as well as maintaining the villas, green lawns, flowers and the pools. Giuseppina caters delicious meals upon request, and does a superb job keeping the villas spotless, and bed linens and towels fresh. Elena speaks English, welcomes our guests at arrival, facilitates check out at departure, assists with the catered meal service, and is able to babysit upon request.

Come, experience Italy and la dolce vita! Welcome! Benvenuti!