Marisa lives in a modern house with a garden in a quiet and pleasant setting between Florence and Fiesole with views over the local countryside and city.
She is a former teacher of literature and art, has an active personality, and has hosted many foreign students over the years giving tuition in the Italian language and Italian Culture. Marisa has a profound knowledge of Florentine art and Etruscan and Roman history. She loves travelling, reading history, the theater, cinema, and is an extraordinary cook giving great care to detail. Her daughter, who teaches Italian literature, lives in an adjacent apartment. The house has an internal staircase leading up the rooms. There is a large living room with dining room. The guest bedroom has one or two beds and private bathroom.
No smokers in the house. Marisa speaks English.
The house can be reached by taxi or by bus from your Florence arrival point. Nearby bus stop for the city centre.
•Homestay prices (minimum 3 nights)
One guest. Single bedroom, private bath
breakfast and dinner with the host family € 110,00/per night
Two guests travelling together sharing bedroom and privat bath
breakfast and dinner with the host family € 190,00/per night for two persons
•Guided visits and walks with Marisa
Walks and excursions can be planned together with you, each walk lasting about 3 hours, either in the morning or the afternoon.
€ 55,00 each walk for one guest – € 75,00 each walk for two guests travelling together
Classical Florence walk – 3 hours – Piazza S. Croce, Piazza della Signoria con Loggia dei Lanzi, Piazza del Duomo, Ponte Vecchio, the Uffizi Gallery exterior.
Streetwise Shopping in Florence 3 hours Walk around the ancient quarter of Santa Croce, market of S. Ambrogio and through the historical centre of Florence to the central market of San Lorenzo, along the renowned shopping streets and craftsmen workshops.
San Miniato a Monte and Piazzale Michelangelo 3 hours San Miniato is the famous basilica in Romanesque style and gives one of the most beautiful views of Florence. Piazzale Michelangelo, the “balcony of Florence”, from where we have a panoramic view of the city, the outlying valley and up to the hills of Fiesole.
Excursion to Fiesole – 3 hours – Fiesole is a small town of Etruscan origin set on a hill that offers a wonderful panoramic view of Florence. Visit to the archaeological Etruscan-Roman site with the remains of baths, the Roman theater, and the Archaeological Museum with Etruscan and Roman exhibits.
Walking with the famous writers, poets, and artists – 3 hours – Walk around the Florentine hills up to Settignano, the home to many English writers of the past, and the boyhood home of Michelangelo, down to Corbignano following the itinerary of Giovanni Boccaccio the author of the Decameron.
•Italian and Tuscan Cooking Activities – 3 hours each lesson
One lesson : € 85,00 for one guest – € 140,00 for two guests together – including ingredients
Individual Italian cuisine lessons, including visits to local stores and markets to identify and select the appropriate ingredients for the recipes. Understanding the language of Italian recipes, the technique used in preparing the ingredients for cooking, tasting and setting the table in the traditional Tuscan manner.
Prices do not include personal bus or train tickets, entrance fees to museums, churches, cinema, theatre, lunches and food or wine tasting visits.
What my guests said
- In October 2015 I stayed for one week with Marisa. She lives in Coverciano at the border of the city of Firenze, where the hills begin to rise to Fiesole and far beyond. She lives in a very comfortable house with a beautiful view at the surrounding Tuscan landscape. The guest room is very comfortable as well with its own private shower and toilet. Marisa is a very warm and very energetic person with an inexhaustible energy and knowledge of Firenze and its surroundings and the history of Tuscany and the artists who were working there. In a week she guided me through the city, explained everything and advised me about the musea I should visit. Her advices were very very good. After a week I had the idea that another week might not be enough to see everything in Firenze, not to speak about the vicinity. At Marisa’s you feel warmly welcome and at home, during the breakfast coffee we made the plans for the same day, during the diner there was always a lot of conversation about Italy, about the town and about what we saw that day.Staying at Marisa”s is a privilege in which you learn a lot about the (art) history and the daily life of Firenze and in which your Italian is tested and improves. Highly recommended. Emmanuel Weijnen
- I have stayed with Marisa on multiple occasions. She is an excellent hostess, with a warm and vibrant personality. Marisa is very knowledgeable about Florence and its environs. As I was already familiar with the historic center of Florence, I was able to take advantage of her detailed knowledge of the many sights worth seeing in the hills and towns that surround the city. She also introduced me to several of the minor churches and museums in Florence proper that I might otherwise have overlooked. The guest room is spacious with a well stocked library and a private bath next to it. She has a small balcony with a view of the Florentine skyline. Her appartamento in villa is in a quiet neighborhood, and is surrounded by gardens. For those who like to discover a city on their own, the bus stop is only a few steps away, where you can either travel to the City center (it will drop you off at Piazza San Marco for a sort walk to the Galleria dell’Accademia where Michelangelo’s David occupies the place of honor). Or you may choose to go in the opposite direction to the old Etruscan town of Fiesole on the scenic heights above Florence. When you have had a full day of sightseeing, the best is yet to come. Marisa is an excellent cook and features the best in the Tuscan tradition of fresh ingredients, prepared simply and eaten slowly over good conversation. One of my fondest memories is the smell of coffee in the morning perking on the stove. Even now when I stoke my own Bialetti Moka Express I am reminded of il profumo della cucina di Marisa – the smell of Marisa’s kitchen. The memory makes me so happy that I almost want to cry. Marisa is located within a relatively short cab ride from the airport. Although it is on the outskirts of the City, just tell the cab driver that her street is located opposite the entrance to the Centro Tecnico Coverciano, which is where the Italian national soccer team trains. Everyone knows where that is. Remember this information in the unlikely event that you get lost when visiting the city on your own. John T. Del Negro
- I have stayed several times at Marisa’s place. It is wonderfully located in a quiet area with easy access to the city / bus to Piazza San Marco. Through her guidance I have learned an enormous amount about Florence and neighbouring areas such as Fiesole, San Gemignano etc Marisa?!!!! Marisa taught me about their history, architecture, art, cultural life, daily life in various city quarters, etc. This she did in a very pleasant way and often with humour. Through our formal and informal lessons and conversations – many times over a delicious meal she had prepared – my Italian has improved substantially. And for that i am very grateful. Jacqueline Peters