Come join us in Firenze (Florence), Italy for a fun-filled and community-centered worldschooling gathering April 1-7, 2023.
Welcome to our hometown, Firenze!
We want to use this worldschooling pop-up to take you around our beautiful city and let you experience it at it’s best! We will explore many sights, visit world famous museums, and taste some of our local specialties. It will be a week of fun while learning so much together! ~ Sarah & Massimiliano
The Worldschool Pop-Up Hub provides super casual, budget-friendly opportunities to gather, connect with other worldschoolers, learn about the local area, instill new friendships, share your insights, and immerse in a friendly, accepting mobile community. Our activities highlight local nature, arts, history, food, and culture… but you’ll also have plenty of time to relax, get to know each other, and even stray from the itinerary to add activities that cater to the group’s interests.
Pop in for a few days or the full week. Join as many activities as you’d like. It’s up to you!
Our itinerary will include activities such as the following:
*Ride Piazza della Repubblica’s beautiful Antique Carousel while the parents enjoy real Italian coffee!
*Explore and play in the 45,000 square meter Boboli Gardens and pass through Palazzo Pitti and museum complex
*Visit the Duomo (Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore) and go up the Brunelleschi’s Dome
*Visit the Leonardo da Vinci Museum
*Walk over the famous Ponte Vecchio and admire all the jewelry shops (and rub The Boar’s Nose at Il Porcellino for good luck)
*Try real Gelato at the Gelateria La Carraia and have a chance to talk directly with il Gelatiere Massimo!
*Explore the famous plaza of Piazzale Michelangelo, including San Miniato a Monte Church and the Rose Gardens
*Have lunch at the Mercato Centrale, with a chance to try lampredotto and Trippa
*Take a walk in Florence’s largest park, Parco delle Cascine
*Visit Piazza Santa Croce including the Santa Croce church which is the resting place of Michelangelo, Galileo, Machiavelli, and Rossini and pay special attention to the monument dedicated to Dante Alighieri, one of the greatest poets that ever lived
*Walk around Palazzo Vecchio and Piazza Signoria and after have a snack of bomboloni caldi at Bar Pasticceria Cucciolo
Add-on options include
– A day trip to Fiesole
– The Galileo Museo where you can peek through ancient telescopes
– Visit Palazzo Davanzati, one of the oldest palaces in Florence, dating back to the early part of the 14th century. It houses the Museum of the Old Florentine House.
– Visit the Uffizi Gallery, this is a renowned art museum and is considered one of the most important Italian museums in the world.
– Learn to make fresh pasta!
COST per Family
US$70 Early Bird Rate, expires December 15st, 2022
US$100 Regular Rates (solo parents receive a 25% discount, use code SOLO at checkout)
MEET YOUR HOST:
We are Sarah, Massimiliano, and our 3 kids Cosimo 14, Emma 12, and Luca 7. Our family is originally from Florence, Italy but lived in the USA for 8 years. In 2018 we sold everything to travel the world and have visited over 40 countries up to now. What started as a gap year is now our lifestyle!
We love to meet like-minded families and share time and travel stories, so this pop up is the perfect environment to do this. We are thrilled to have a chance to host it and are looking forward to meeting you!
LODGING & NEIGHBORHOODS:
Florence is a relatively small city and its center, is still compact. Florence’s center lies between the Duomo in the north and the Arno River in the south. To the east of the city center are Santa Croce and Sant’Ambrogio areas, while the Santa Maria Novella area is towards the west. For families traveling on foot, the center is the best option. Everything is at walking distance or well connected with buses. Plus you can easily find places to eat and it is a great way of truly experiencing the city.
If you are coming with a car, keep in mind that parking can be pricy and in the center you can only enter with a permit. The neighborhoods on the outskirts that we reccomand are Gavinana, Piazza Beccaria, Novoli, Porta Romana, and Careggi — make sure to verify where you can park the car AND double check there is a bus stop or tranvia (metro) stop close by.
The host family will be staying outside the center in the area of Galluzzo, this is another good neighborhood further away from downtown but connected by bus. In this area you can park camper vans for free on one of the streets. If you need to stay in a campsite there is one at the exit of Firenze Sud and one at the exit of Galluzzo.
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