If you would like to make a reservation, click on form link above and indicate your first, second & third choices for an Italian Language Homestay along with dates and language level. Melissa will respond as soon as she receives the form. If for some reason you don’t hear back immediately, please send a follow-up email to Homestay@studentessamatta.com
Beatrice’s Homestay in Florence is an opportunity to stay in a non-touristy area of Florence, in a typical Florentine neighborhood just a ten-minute walk to the Academia.
Florence is one of the most beautiful cities in the world and…Beatrice completely agrees! If it is the first time for you to visit Florence, there are many many masterpieces that you won’t want to miss, like Michelangelo’s David, the Uffizi or the Ponte Vecchio, and one week is never enough to see everything. She can help with securing tickets online and planning your visit too before you arrive.
If, on the other hand you already know the city, Beatrice will be happy to give you advice on lesser known museums, walks that are less touristy and outside the normal tourist experience.
Get to know Beatrice your homestay teacher: Beatrice was born in Florence in 1982 and has worked as an Italian teacher since 2006. She graduated in Italian language studies in Siena, precisely to teach her language to foreigners; while she was studying, through a university program she was invited to work in the Italian Language Institute in Seoul Korea and in Belgrade in Serbia. After that, she worked as a teacher for a year in Paris and when she returned to Florence she has worked at many American universities.
Since 2013 she decided to accept the challenge of working all on her own, and with great success! Beatrice’s other great passions are traveling, performing on stage and dancing the tango!
Beatrice’s work is her biggest passion, meeting her students are opportunities to learn something new, they are “windows on the world”! She prefers to organize lessons for one to three people, so that she can give her full attention to her students, to create lessons based on the requirements and interests of her students. Her lessons are not just about the Italian language, but often are based on
City or country? Why not both? Beatrice lives in one of the most elegant and requested neighborhoods by the Florentines, because of its perfect location. If you want to get to the center, by foot it takes about 15 minutes to reach the Accademia, about 5-7 minutes by bike (that you can borrow from Beatrice). If you like the green spaces of Tuscany’s country, you can climb the hill to Fiesole in about 15-20 minutes on foot passing through old and charming little streets and you will enjoy an incredible panorama!
Beatrice’s neighborhood, le Cure, is an ancient neighborhood where only Florentines live, with all the comforts (shops—original and authentic, restaurants without tourists, pharmacies, butcher shops, fish shops just like the old days!)
Beatrice’s street is residential, surrounded by greenery (in the morning you can hear the birds even though you are in the city!) the buildings, including mine, were built in the 1920s. To sum up, Beatrice’s homestay will be full immersion in an authentic Florence.
During the Homestay: Beatrice can host a single person, a couple or two friends (the beds can be divided to make single beds). During your stay, which usually is 7 days and 6 nights, there are 3 meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch,
Beatrice is flexible and will accept short or longer homestays and is ready to help plan your lessons and extra activities with you. For example, in one week together you can organize 10-15 hours of Italian lessons during the morning time and three-afternoon activities
Accommodation: Beatrice lives on the second floor of an elegant palazzo, without elevator access. She can offer two accommodations:
Option 2. Private room in with small private bathroom with shower and small kitchen unit, that is located on the floor above that of Beatrice. It is independent and has its own access apart from the apartment of Beatrice.
In both apartments there is WiFi, you will have access to common areas like the kitchen and the terrace. In both rooms, it is possible to have a small moveable air conditioning unit, but the interior of the apartment itself isn’t airconditioned because usually, it isn’t a type of Italian apartment that gets that hot.
Beatrice loves to cook! She likes to suggest and prepare typical Tuscan dishes and if the weather is nice a barbecue on the terrace. Beatrice is accustomed to preparing vegetarian or vegan meals, or those types of meals for those with gluten or milk intolerances.
Homestay activities: Your homestay includes a lunch in a small typical restaurant in Beatrice’s neighborhood that makes
If you like cooking, Beatrice would like to dedicate an afternoon to shopping together and teaching you how to make a typical Tuscan dish from scratch (while at the same time practicing Italian!)
If you like museums, movies or gallery shows, Beatrice is happy to accompany you to see them.
To Book a Homestay with Beatrice: To find out more about Beatrice’s Homestay in Florence, inquire about prices and to check availability fill out this form or contact: firstname.lastname@example.org