Let me spell out how is our family composed: Guglielmo 52yo (writing) and Elena 47yo, two sons, Edoardo 17yo and Cosimo 11yo.
I'm an internet entrepreneur, Elena is a contemporary art critic and we run a gallery in Rome.
We need elderly company for my mother in law (80+yo) in a palace in Filacciano (small village 50kms out of Rome) and in a villa in Sicily near the sea with gardening and such
In Filacciano we need help in that my mother in law lives alone in a huge palace that my wife's family has owned for the past few centuries. The palace is, therefore, old. It can use some fixing, it actually should use a lot of fixing. But the real thing we need there is some company for my mother in law who is still independent and in good health, but suffers of depression and feels very lonesome since we live in Rome.
Vendicari: in high season, when we don't use it ourselves, I rent my villa out for a revenue, but in low season I hardly find anyone willing to pay. Starting middle of November it should be more or less empty and I need a house sitter or when I'm there some gardening help (pruning, help with olive harvest or other fruits harvest, etc). The villa is very isolated, meaning about 2hrs walk to the closest supermarket. I think other than that, or, actually, thanks to that, it's the most beautiful place to stay on your own. It's divided in two villas, you would use one of them, likely the smaller one, but not necessarily depending on which I may need for myself, friends or possible renters. Regarding the latter, it's very hard to rent in the low season and I don't like to rent cheap which I think it's detrimental for a number of reasons, so I don't think it will happen and I will avoid renting the whole property (in that very unlikely event I will find you another place to stay in the area with the same house-sitting conditions). The house is self sustainable with solar heated water and solar panels and a solar power accumulator of 14KW, during your stay I would like you to use only solar power and renewables, it's what I do when I am there, perfectly fine, but not 5 star hotels comfort, ie in a cloudy day you may have very little hot water if any, but thankfully it's almost always sunny over here ;)
In Rome we may also need help here and there therefore there is a possibility you could come over at our place there. Ring a bell and we talk about how arranging it all.
DIY and building projects
Babysitting and creative play
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help with Eco Projects
Help around the house
Help with Computers/ Internet
Both Filacciano and Vendicari are tourist destinations, I'm not sure what to add that isn't already online. I personally like to meet new people, my interests are psychoanalysis, winter swimming, philosophy and some literature. But don't be scared, I won't oblige you to share my interests ;)
During the winter I'm interested in house keeping for the villa in Vendicari, Sicily. Some gardening and maybe a little building or maintenance. Still contact me also in other seasons, you never know if I may need help.
In Filacciano, near Rome, see above more in detail. We have an old palace and my mother in law living in it. She should definitely use some company and the palace needs pretty much any kind of help, although my first priority in Filacciano is getting company for my mother in law.
In Rome we live in a rather big apartment and I rent a few others, we may need help here and there, please ask
if we find a suitable time frame there should be at least an independent bedroom for the workaway(s)
Both Filacciano and Vendicari are tourist destinations, I'm not sure what to add that isn't already online. I personally like to meet new people, my interests are psychoanalysis, winter swimming, philosophy, some literature
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
max 25 hours per week - depends let's talk
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