La Casa di Babbo Natale – dal 05 novembre 2015 al 6 gennaio 2016 – Castello delle Terme Tamerici Montecatini Terme

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German Christmas Market


December 2 to 20, the Weihnachtsmarkt, the traditional German Christmas market into town specialties as sausage, sauerkraut, pork knuckles, pretzels and strudel, as well as objects and local products in Germany and other nationalities. The market is wooden stalls decorated with Christmas decorations, which houses exclusively European operators. Location: PIAZZA DI SANTA CROCE More information: +39 055 2705233
+39 335365966

Job Opening Firenze

Position title:
Le Baccanti and MaMa Florence Cooking School Account Manager
Part time to evolve in a full time

Florence, Italy

Summary of position:
Manages on-line accounts and orders, processes bookings, responds to requests form website.
Creates, sells and manages custom wine, food and cultural travel experiences throughout Italy, including sending out quotes and determining pricing with suppliers, verifying invoices sent by suppliers.
Prepares, assembles, edits, formats, and writes material for brochures, blogs, websites, social media. Translates form Italian in to English. Ensures all materials meet established standards of appearance and content.
Assists and coordinates activities at MaMa Flroence’s Cooking School, including managing bookings, preparing material for the cooking classes, coordinating with chefs, verifying supplies. Assists Chefs and students during classes and corporate events.

Position qualifications:
Bachelor’s degree in a related field, wine & food, travel, preferable
English mother tongue is a must
Highly fluent in Italian, both written and spoken, is a must.
French and/or German as a third language appreciated.
Two years experience directly related to position responsibilities is a must.
Excellent writing and editing skills is a must
Good knowledge of the most common word processing softwares (Word, Pages, Odg), calculation softwares (Excel, Numbers), layout softwares is a must.
Good knowledge of web social media preferable.
Basic accounting skills preferable
Good knowledge of Italian geography, especially Tuscany is a must.
Should have good knowledge od the Italian wine and food world, should be motivated and passionate to learn about wine and food.
Must have visited the major Italian cities and wine & food regions, especially Tuscany, Piedmont and Campania.

Personal Skills
The ability to work cooperatively with others to achieve shared goals
Showing diplomacy and flexibility when there are conflicting opinions; supporting other people’s performance to achieve the best possible results.
The ability to analyze problematic situations, seeking relevant data; diagnosing
The ability to relate to, and feel comfortable with, people at all levels and to be able to make and maintain good working relationships.
The ability to verbally express ideas in a way that is easily understood by others who are unfamiliar with the topic; Engaging and lively as a spokesperson.
The ability to build and maintain contacts that are ready, willing and able to help you through your working life.
The ability to plan your workload and prioritise tasks.
Being very well organised and precise.
Flexibility/Adaptability: The ability to respond to, anticipate and manage change.
Commitment/Motivation: An enthusiasm in pursuing a project, task, subject or activity.
Commercial Awareness: An understanding of the values of an organization; an understanding of an organization’s goals, priorities, market position and future direction.
The ability to take control of a situation and to lead by empowering others into an effective team during events
Inspiring and energizing others to carry out tasks and achieve goals by displaying a clear sense of direction and values.

For more information, please contact Vanessa Held

Margherita Fasolo: Florence’s Best Materna?

fasolo 1Four years ago, my wife and I were desperate. We had looked everywhere in Florence for a good materna school for our elder daughter, and were despairing of ever finding one. Our checklist was not particularly demanding (or so we thought). We wanted, in order of importance, a school for 3-5 year olds: (i) that stimulated; (ii) that had no excessive religious or ideological baggage; (iii) that had a good student-teacher ratio; (iv) that was reasonably priced; (v) that was socially mixed; and (vi) that was, if possible, multicultural (we are a British-Italian family). We put a lot of time into looking – open day after open day… – and we were ready to drive a fair distance, too. However, we just could not turn up a school that matched our requirements in a city of half a million. Then, one happy morning we were told, by a chance acquaintance, about the Margherita Fasolo. The most wonderful school experience was about to begin…

The Fasolo is one of Florence’s best-kept secrets. It stands, near Via Aretina, in its own grounds, next to an elementary school, on Via Cambray Digny, and is based out of a modest concrete building: a passerby would, I think, never guess that he or she was walking by a centre of educational excellence. The Fasolo was founded in 1965, in another part of the city, as an ‘active education’ school. I never, honestly, understood what ‘active education’ means: though if you think of an energetic version of Montessori you are ‘ball-park’. Children play, but play purposefully and are given a series of activities (that they develop as they see fit) through each day and many of these activities are carried out in the Fasolo’s lovely garden. The activities are ingenious and are often, the highest compliment, repeated by our children (with accompanying songs) at home. There is also a lot of attention given to resolving problems as a group and negotiating difficulties. If I had read this on a school flier, I would have assumed that this was just ‘talk’, but the Fasolo has certainly improved conflict resolution in our not always happy household!

Fasolo 3Crucially, teacher-student ratios are small. There are two teachers in each class looking, together, after anything from ten to twenty children. There are, I think, six teachers in all (with some part time assistants) and they have, of course, different personalities and different abilities. However, a strong ethos of preparation and retraining means that the quality of the teaching is consistently high and some of the teachers there are simply phenomenal. I was asked recently about the best teachers I had had as a child, and my mind kept floating involuntarily to the teachers that my daughters encountered at the Fasolo, my daughters’ experiences crowding out my own memories! These women (the one male teacher has left) have proved themselves to be loving towards our children, but also wise. On a couple of occasions, when we were concerned about aspects of our daughters’ development, we were given excellent advice in after school interviews. Theirs, clearly, is a vocation rather than just a job.

The parents are typically local, but rave reviews have encouraged some families to come from further afield: one mother comes every day from Prato because she had been to the Fasolo as a girl and had had such a good experience. Families have, in any case, different backgrounds. In my daughter’s class there are, at present: a British, a Polish and two Australian children, so about a quarter of the class have non-Italian parents. We have also found that parents bond very well, perhaps the result of common values and, of course, because of the many common school activities. Families often meet after school in the nearby parks, with their children. Many of our most important family friends, in the last years, have come through this school. Ten months after our elder daughter left my wife still has an active WhatsApp feed of parents from my elder daughter’s class. Moreover, when the mothers from that year get together they lament that the Fasolo ‘failed them’, by not creating an elementary section (the level above materna). My elder daughter, meanwhile, insists on going back for frequent visits.

fasolo 2The school is private but non-profit and asks about 400 euros a month per attendee (I don’t have the exact number to hand), though, my understanding is that there is some room for negotiation if a family sends more than one child. When we, first, visited the Fasolo this seemed like a lot of money, but I am glad that we made the sacrifice: it was paid back to us many times over. This sum includes the price for lunches made by a local chef in the excellent Fasolo kitchen: my elder daughter is now at elementary school and refuses to eat the food served up for her there, comparing it unfavourably to her earlier gourmet feasts. There is also a nido that looks after babies from one and a half to three and that is based on the second floor of the building. Soon I hope to take my youngest daughter to the Fasolo (she is at present six months old) and I am thrilled at the idea of starting the whole happy cycle again: people I trust and methods that work.

If anyone is interested in knowing more the website is If you want to set up a visit, the email is, the telephone number, meanwhile, is 055/6594828: ask for Alessandra. I and my wife have spent a lot of time in the last years sniffing out schools (some good and some absolutely dreadful experiences) and we have often found that parents are better guides than those who work in schools (for very understandable reasons). If anyone wants, then, to get in touch with us directly about the Fasolo, these are our emails. Just type the email address of both of us in the address line:simon emailvalen email

We will give honest advice or try to put you in touch with parents who can.  Written by Simon Young

Bilinguals/multilinguals to participate in her future online research

Ciao moms! Posting this on here since it might be of interest to many of you:
A mom in our network was recently contacted by Juditta Miosota from Spain, who is doing a PhD online survey about bilinguals and multilinguals (English, Spanish, German, Arabic, Italian and others) and I said I’d be willing to participate.
She’s looking for any other bilinguals/multilinguals to participate in her future online research (questionnaire) and asked if I’d help spread the word. If you’re interested, you can contact her by email at Thank you!

Mom’s Question

We will be based at EUI from September for one, maybe 2 years and would like our girls (aged 6 and 9) to start in a school nearby as we’d also like to live around that area. Have looked at Kindergarten school as an option but considering Boccaccio as we’ve heard there are some international families there. Any other suggestions for schools? Is it possible to still get in for September? They speak English and Norwegian.