We are an easy-going couple, Giada and Federico, with a 6 years old daughter, Alice, and a 17 years old son, Eric, normally living in France with his mum and regularly visiting us to spend time together. We have lived and worked in many different countries and we like to meet people and getting to know new cultures. We do like our own spaces as well and therefore we respect other people’s ones.
Federico is a sailing instructor and having worked in France for 10 year, he speaks excellent French. I have lived in Australia for one year, when I was 16, so I speak good English. I am a marine biologist and have worked as scuba diver, skipper, biologist for the Aquarium of Genoa and teacher for children with family or health problems.
We have quite a dynamic life and we might change plans on the way.
Babysitting and creative play
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Staying with us will be like being part of the family so every trip, activity, sport and occasion to live our local culture will be shared with you. We will be happy to help you practise Italian. La Spezia is very well connected to many interesting sites and very close to the sea and the mountains. Porto Ercole is a beautiful sea side village where you can dive/snorkel/sail and enjoy nature. So you'll have just to choose whatever you prefer to do!
Because of Federico’s job, I’m often by myself; therefore for few months we are looking for a help to look after Alice.
We would also like that she would hear English daily, to get used to another language now that she is little. The days when we don't need help with Alice, we ask to help grandmother a bit; she lives in the twin flat just in front of ours. As you may read on the accommodation details, the room available will be at her place.
Main activities with Alice will be manly in the afternoon: taking her from school at 4 pm (only occasionally dropping her) and stay with her at home, at the park with other kids or take her to sport. Then sometimes cook something for her for dinner and help with bath/pajamas/bed time. We also ask to help at home in small things like keep clean your room, keep the kitchen and the bathroom tidy after use.
IMPORTANT: at lunch time I am normally at work and unfortunately I don’t have so much time to cook. Therefore, you should be able to take care of your meals when necessary; but don't worry, there will still be many opportunities to taste Italian cuisine and grandmother is a good cook!
We don't have a spare room in our house but we have a perfect solution for that: grandmother lives in the twin flat just in front of us and has a lovely single room with a big balcony full of flowers and with a marvellous sea view, ready for you! We think that this solution makes it even easier to draw a line between the time spent with our daughter and your free time.
We live in La Spezia, a town on the sea in the Nord of Italy, very close to many interesting cities (eg. Genoa, Pisa, Florence). We also regularly go to Porto Ercole, a cute village on the sea in Tuscany, where Federico runs his sailing school.
We live 10 minutes from the city center and our apartment is at the 10th floor, with a beautiful view on a big public park and the sea. It is easily accessible by transport and not far from the station.
If you love sports, the sea and a worm family...we could be the right choice for you.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week