Working in/near Florence
I'm currently studying Italian like a madwoman because I'm moving to Florence in September for 6+ months.
What I'd really love to do is find somewhere I can work (either for pay or in exchange for room/board) to help me learn the language even faster—somewhere that doesn't mind that my Italian is child-like at first. I have skills in social media marketing, graphic design and website building, but can also learn something completely new for this adventure.
Ideally I'd love to work on a vineyard or at a winery or something similar. Does anyone have any leads or know anywhere specific that might be interested in taking on English-speakers in this manner? I'd love advice or to hear of your own experiences.
That's a pretty neat idea, good luck with that!
My suggestion, given your skills, would be to look for an azienda agricola (the official name for a farm), azienda vinicola (winery) or an agriturismo (a farm hostel) which is poorly advertised in English, and to propose them such a deal. In my experience Florentines are pretty shrewd merchants, and most of them already have good ties to foreign markets, but you should be able to find some that aren't making full use of their potential.
Thanks so much. I like the idea of working on a farm or a winery—I'll keep my eyes open!
The following Slow travel site has excellent information on travel / living in Italy. You will need to scroll through it to find subjects that interest you. Also, read all you can about expats living in Italy.
I've never been there, but I know the man who own this - not personally - as he worked on national tv for a long time. He was the presenter of a sunday morning documentary about food and italian countryside life, I bet that f.formica knows him! :P
The site is only in italian, maybe he wants to expand his business :P
Ciao If it's not important for you to live in which city i think milan is better than the others(best universities and good place 2 find a job I heard that there are more job opportunities in Milan Also there is site for finding accomodation with good prices http://www.secondamano.it/ http://www.attico.it/