Hello, my name is Fiona and I live in the middle of Venice, quite close to San Marco. Both my dog, Nigel, and I are very friendly and outgoing!
It is always a busy time in Venice. I need help with guests and guest accommodation (cleaning, meet and greet) plus general housework and cleaning at home, plus dog walking and dog sitting if I am away. Nigel is a small rescue dog and cannot be left alone in the apartment at any time as he has separation anxiety - but he is very sweet natured and is very well known and loved around our area. Please let me know if you are interested.
Dogs are welcome in shops and restaurants here in Venice but normally not in to the churches - I have carried him in my arms sometimes for church with no complaints from the docent!
At other times I would love a native Italian speaker to come stay with me for Italian conversation as my native tongue is English!
In the months leading up to Carnevale I often need help with easy sewing tasks as I make costumes for the Venice Carnevale.
What you will get is to stay in a lovely apartment in the heart of Venice in a comfortable room with queen size bed, close to the Arsenale and San Marco and live life as a Venetian
What I would like is a few hours each day of general house work, dog walking and grocery shopping when necessary and preparation of simple meals. Also help with guests as I have another apartment for guests - this is usually a full clean and changing of beds a couple of times a week but hours can change on these days as wee need to work around guest arrival times. There are usually days where there is little to do. However, leading up to carnevale we are very busy sewing and making new costumes
Things to note!
I am very fussy with cleaning and with Nigel. So I have criteria for hosting -
You must -
know how to clean and maintain a home!
be proactive and show initiative!
have grown up with and love dogs!
be interested in recycling and caring for the planet
know how to shop for and prepare meals from fresh foods and from scratch - we do not eat processed foods
be able to stay at least for 1 month minimum
There is no smoking in my house or on the terrace
I do not provide alcohol
So please do not apply if you -
Do not know how -
to use a vacuum cleaner or a mop and bucket and duster
to maintain a bathroom on a daily basis
to make a bed
to iron or dislike ironing
to cook using fresh foods and ingredients
Do not have an eye for detail
Have never cleaned windows
Want to lie in bed and play computer games all day
Can not keep to regular hours
Need to be asked to complete routine tasks
Please send me a detailed description of yourself and your strengths and interests
Babysitting / child care
Cooking / shopping
Help in the house
Venice has many art exhibitions, museums and historical and cultural sites, as you will probably know if you are considering Venice. We are friendly and outgoing - welcoming and pretty easy going. I am happy to do a language exchange Italian for English but prefer to speak in Italian whenever possible. This is a perfect opportunity to see Venice as a local, visit the biennale, Venice exhibitions, museums, art galleries etc in exchange for a few hours work each day - either morning or afternoon - we can work it out. The apartment is large and in a very nice area, close to San Marco and the Arsenale
I have had a knee injury which sometimes plays up. General housework done to a high standard would be required as I have family and friends come to stay regularly during the summer months. Ironing, hanging out washing, vacuuming, watering plants, keeping the bathroom and kitchen areas clean. Also, a daily walk for my little dog Nigel - just a few minutes. I would like to speak in Italian whenever possible so that I can improve my Italian at the same time. Or, an exchange of Italian and English conversation also would work well if you prefer. Grocery shopping when required - there are fresh food shops a few minutes walk away and of course the wonderful Rialto Mercato. Both Nigel and I are very friendly and welcoming!
English, Italian (improving!)
My apartment is large, comfortable and reasonably renovated. There is a nice sunny terrace that overlooks the Venice rooftops. Your room is a large, comfortable, bright bedroom with very comfortable new queen size bed and good linen. Wifi of course. Simple food will be available - pasta, fruit and vegetables, good everyday food, but you will need to provide your own alcohol if you want it. I have family and friends and guests that will visit too so there will be visitors usually
I expect that I shall need around 4 - 5 hours help per day on average - either in the morning or the afternoon, and also could be evening sometimes. The rest of the time will be yours - there are some days when there will be little or no work to do - but other days may be very long. Venice always is wonderful! We are close to San Marco, 5 minutes walk, and Arsenale, 5 minutes walk. The area is very Venetian, away from the busiest tourist areas, so reasonable quiet. It is a very friendly neighbourhood with the usual shops and stores nearby
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Dog sitting, market shopping and house work maximum 25 hours a week