Great Pre-School (Asilo) Near Piazza Liberta’

Great Pre-School (Asilo) Near Piazza Liberta’

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Hi Everyone,
For any moms who arrive this summer and do not know where to enroll their children in pre-school/kindergarten, I want to spread the word about my son’s school, Gli Scolopi near Piazza Liberta.

We have had a fantastic experience with this school this past year, and I heard that there are still some spots available for 4 and 5 year olds in my son’s class. At the moment, he is one of two bilingual children (English-Italian) and the school has been very receptive to increasing the number of days that the kids learn English. They already do an English lesson every weVirzi asilo 5ek with a very nice American woman, and they said they are open to adding lessons if the parents request it. I am very excited about this, because I feel it is very important to keep kids exposed to English in social environments as well as at home.

I am hoping there are more families in this network who will want to sign up and create a core group of bilingual/English-speaking pre-schoolers, because the language program at the school can be adapted for children who are at a more advanced level, as well as for brand new beginners.

Other details: the class size is small, the kids get a lot of attention, there is a lot of hands on learning, they do a computer class and a science class one day a week, and I can’t say enough wonderful things about the teachers! I have met some very nice and dedicated teachers since living in Florence, and I have to say the two women here are by far the most energetic, warm-hearted, and happiest I have ever met.

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Check out their website www.scuolepiefiorentine.com

Hope everyone enjoys their summer holidays.
Kimberly Virzi

Plan B: Love Stories Gone Wrong Amy Sarno

Hi Everyone:

I’m spending my sabbatical in Florence to write a play about the experience of expat American women living in Italy who find themselves facing intimate partner violence.

The project, “Plan B: Love Stories Gone Wrong” examines the lived experience of American expat women who have survived domestic violence. While many of the women who have left abusive relationships in Italy have returned to the United States; some have chosen to stay in order to keep custody of their children. I am interested in interviewing survivors who remain in Italy.

Another part of the story has to do with the individuals who help women facing violence to move ahead with their lives. I am also wanting to speak with service providers, counselors, physicians, midwives, advocates, attorneys, and embassy officials who work with women who have struggled with violent relationships in Italy. The interviews will be edited to create a performance piece intended to raise awareness about a side of domestic violence most people never consider: the expat experience. The goal of this play is to create a simple play that can tour to raise international awareness for the challenges expat women face when they find themselves in violent relationships.

I do use informed consent so your privacy is protected. I am hoping to have interviews completed by November 1, so please drop me a line at sarnofra@beloit.edu.

Ciao–
Amy Sarno
Associate Professor of Theatre
Chair of the Quisenberry/Wirtz Endowed Fund for Theatre and Social Change
Beloit College, Beloit, WI 53511

Mom’s you should know for Traveling outside Italy

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If you did not know read this before you travel: The EU changed rules about a year ago and you are not allowed to travel with your children on the passports anymore. Make sure that any children travelling with you … Continue reading

Top 5 food stops in Florence

Top 5 food stops in Florence

How does a foodie view a trip to a new city? He or she will create an itinerary where before or after the museum, around the corner from his or her hotel, near every single mandatory stop there will be a chance to run off and take a bite of the city! So here are 5 food stops you can’t miss in Florence! You will need at least one day to get to them all! The order has been split up from morning (snack- lunch-snack-dinner-after dinner) to late at night.

via Top 5 food stops in Florence – Tuscan Recipes Food and Tradition – Tuscanycious.