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We are Giulia and Gianni and we live in a country house on the hills near Florence.
We have two daughters, two cats, friendly neighbours. We take care of 200 olive trees and we produce our own olive oil.
Babysitting / child care
Help in the house
If you decide to spend some time with us, you will have the possibility to:
- learn Italian language
- cook with Giulia and learn Italian cuisine
- learn how to recognize wild herbs that can be eaten and/or used for medical purpose
- learn how to take care of olive trees and see how oil is produced in Tuscany
- visit the superb surrounding area, including Firenze (5 km away), Siena (60 km away), Pisa (80 km away)...
We specially appreciate company for our daughters aged 8 and 2, and help with taking care of the olive trees. We especially need help with olive picking, which takes place in October and November, and with pruning the trees, from March to May each year. In other periods, we can pick wild herbs, flowers and berries that can be eaten, we can work on the little wood in order to create new paths, we can cut wood and grass...
Italian, English, Spanish, French
We have a big guest room with twin beds. The bathroom is in common with us. If you particularly appreciate privacy and the sounds of nature, you are of course free to borrow our tent and accommodate yourself in the garden or in the olive field!
We appreciate company as much as help, and we do not ask for long hours of help (unless you come when we pick up olives: in that case, we usually work hard a lot!). Gianni works in an office in Firenze, while Giulia is home for most of the time, so she can be a good company. Public buses arrive 20-30 minute walk away from the top of the hill where we live, but we can arrange for car rides up and down the hill!
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week