Fulvio Orsitto
Administrative Director

Fulvio S. Orsitto joined Villa le Balze in fall 2016. He previously worked as Director of the California State University Study Abroad program in Florence. He holds a Ph.D. in Italian Cultural Studies from the University of Connecticut (2008), and has published numerous essays and book chapters on Italian and Italian American cinema, and on Italian Literature. His book publications include the edited volumes: L’Altro e l’Altrove nella cultura italiana (2011), Cinema e Risorgimento: Visioni e Re-visioni (2012), Contaminazioni culturali (2014 - with S. Wright), Pier Paolo Pasolini. Prospettive americane (2015 - with F. Pacchioni), Attraversamenti culturali (2016 - with S. Wright), TOTalitarian ARTs: The Visual Arts, Fascism(s), and Mass-Society (2017 - with M. Epstein & A. Righi), and Boom… e dintorni. Il miracolo economico italiano tra cinema, televisione e letteratura (2017 - with U. Perolino). In 2012 he co-edited Vol. XXXIV of the NeMLA Journal of Italian Studies, and in 2014 he published (with C. Peralta & F. Caramaschi) the manual Film and Education. Capturing Bilingual Communities.


Simona Mocali
Assistant Director & Safety Officer

Ms. Mocali has been working for Georgetown’s Villa since 2001. A Florence native, she studied foreign language with a specialization in business and did one additional year of Marketing & Communication. Ms. Mocali has traveled throughout Europe and North Africa and spent a year working in Australia. Ms. Mocali joined the Villa community after having worked for many years in the business and sportswear industry. Ms. Mocali loves swimming, painting, and animals.


Giuditta Viceconte
Business Manager

Dottoressa Viceconte joined the Villa Le Balze community in 2006. She is Florentine and has a degree in Foreign Languages from the University of Florence, Italy, and a Certification to teach Italian language and culture to foreigners from the University of Siena. Dottoressa Viceconte has worked for several American Institutions located in Florence including Smith College, Syracuse University, California State University and Richmond College. In recent years, Dottoressa Viceconte has dedicated herself to the administration of programs abroad; she served as Assistant Director for the Georgetown Law Summer School in Florence as well as Undergraduate Program Coordinator for the Johns Hopkins University in Florence.


Ferruccio Mazzanti
Residence Assistant

Ferruccio joined Villa Le Balze in September 2016. A Florentine native, he has a degree in Aesthetic Philosophy and loves traveling, swimming (he played water polo for many years), reading and writing. He is the happy uncle of two beautiful nephews.