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We are a friendly and open-minded Italian family living in a flat in the centre of La Spezia, a small town of Liguria (north west of Italy). It is a nice town, by the sea (which is 10 minutes walking from our house) quiet but lively, with lovely shops and restaurants. The sourrinding is plenty of really beautiful places (Cinque Terre, Porto Venere, Lerici, Pisa, Genova...) easy reachable by bus or by train. And we are very near to Tuscany as well, only 1 our from Pisa and Lucca and one and half hour to Firenze by train.
The house is 5 minutes walking from the railway station and very close to the most important bus stops. 10 minutes walking from our house there is also a language school attempted by Italian and foreigner students that you will have the time to attend to, if you wish...
Our family is made of me, Agnese, my husband, Bernardo, three children, Viola, Jacopo and Marta (16, 14, 10) and a very gentle dog, Bitter. Kids are very respectefull and indipendent and they are used to deal with guests as we have been hosting au pairs for five years. The three of them are part of a scout groups (Viola and Jacopo are explorer, Marta is a cub scouts). All the three get along well each other and like playing together after school, even if during the week they are always very busy with school and sports and other activities (Jacopo plays guitar).
I work as a teacher at the primary school and Bernardo is a manager of public administration he is in Rome during the week and usually comes back in the weekend; we love cooking, health food, traveling, going out for the week end (when the children activities allow us to do so) as we love exploring this region of Italy that is plenty of areas of great interest both artistic and naturalistic.
As we both work (and Bernardo in another town), we need some help with children (and a little help with the dog as well), mostly with Marta as she still needs to be picked up form school and at least twice a week to be brought to her afterschool activities.
Moreover we are looking for someone who can improve their English, spending with children the lunch time and tolking with them.
We are looking for a person that would be part of our family shering its/her own culture and curious of our. We need your support mostly during lunch/afternoon, you will have morinig free and always free weekend. Interested? We are looking forward to hearing from you!
Anything else you would like to know? Just ask!
Babysitting and creative play
Help around the house
We love cooking and healthy food and we will be willing to teach you some italian recipes. But we are also very curious about ather culters food and traditions.
You could learn also some Italian speaking with me, even if we require to speak only in English with children. They understand English even if they are shy (lazy) in speaking it!
Moreover, you will be free to explore the surroundings that offer very beautiful place both artistic and naturalistic. If you like hiking there are lots of footpaths either by the sea or in the mountains.
We need help with our yougest doughter, Marta. She needs to be picked up from school twice/three time a week (the school is easly reachable by bus) and at least twice a week brought to her activities in the afternoon (she practices basket, (but that's only 3 minute walking from home).
Moreover we would like you to spend the lunch time with children, speaking with them, in order to improve their English.
We ask for very very light housework as help us tidying up the kitchen after lunch or after dinner and doing every tasks is required in a domestic partnership. But we have a woman helping us for hard domestic works.
We need also some little help with the dog: sometimes to take him out for a walk in the morning.
We live in a big appartment at the last floor of an historic building in the city centre. You will have your own room in the very comfortable mansard roof, with a bath for your own and a terrace.
The surroundings here are really beautiful: 5 Terre are easily reachable by train and there are plenty of foothpats in the nature with an amazing view on the sea.
But you could also enjoy visiting artistc cities, such as Pisa, Lucca or Firenze, that are reachable by train in less more than one hour.
La Spezia is a small town but full of nice restaurant, pub and cafés and the city center is lively and full of life.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week