PALAZZO BELFIORE APARTMENTS IN FLORENCE

REFLECTIONS FROM OUR INTERN – CATHERINE

Californian Intern, Catherine Slabaugh shares her experience working with Your Place In Florence.

“When I was first looking to study abroad, I knew I wanted my experience in Italy to be different than the average American-girl-in-Florence. I wanted a unique experience, something that challenged me to step outside of my comfortable world at home and pushed me to grow through the adversities I was bound to have. What better way to have all this than hold an Italian internship at a company I knew nothing about and no one at! 

Interning with Your Place in Florence at the Palazzo San Niccolò, Palazzo Belfiore and Palazzo Del Moro has been an incredibly unique and eye-opening experience. Few 20-year-olds are given the opportunity to hold an internship abroad, so I went in open-minded and full of curiosity as to what I’d be doing, who I’d be working with, and how an Italian business may be different from what I’m used to.

For some context, this Internship is the first job I’ve held where I entered a company knowing absolutely no one. This is also the first job I’ve held that has not been a job in the Religion industry. Thus, I was walking in rather blind and uncertain. 

I can’t say I had too many of the initial hurdles that may come to mind when you think of an American interning in Italy. My boss’s first language is English, the work I do, primarily social media, is something I’m quite comfortable with, and work days take on the same structure as they do in the States. 

However, the first couple weeks at the Palazzis were quite the adjustment period. My boss was learning what I was capable of and I was learning where I may fit in to the company. The most difficult adjustment for me initially was adapting to the Italian work style, a slower pace with time for conversation and time between projects. This was difficult for me, not accomplishing a million and one things each day made work days seems unsuccessful. In the past, I’ve always been given a rather extensive and ongoing to-do list at work and I’ve been comfortable enough with the company to create my own work. However, stepping in to a company you just heard of a few weeks prior, with people you met just last week, in an industry that is quite literally foreign to you takes away some of this autonomy. 

But as I developed a rhythm with my work and trust was established between my boss and I, work became much smoother. I found the importance in taking time to talk with coworkers and develop a more personal relationship with them. I found it okay to only accomplish five tasks in a day instead of my usual ten. I found myself dreaming up projects and carrying them out with positive feedback, as well as receiving critiques that have pushed me to look at social media in a much more professional way. This is my first time working for a larger company and as social media develops more and more each day, it takes a much stronger role in the development and outreach of a business.

Looking back on the past 12 weeks at the Palazzis, the greatest takeaways have to be some of the unique Florentine experiences I’ve been granted. The two that stand out the most are my visit to a local tea shop to showcase a partnership they have with our Palazzis on social media, and a private tour I took of the oldest Pharmacy and Perfume shop for a blog post I wrote. Representing an Italian company on social media that prides themselves on providing unique Tuscan experiences has encouraged me to truly dive into the Italian lifestyle and attempt to see Florence through the eyes of locals. I often talk with my boss about local events coming up, Tuscan delicacies she and her family prepare, and local artisan shops scattered throughout the city. 

Working with Your Place in Florence was a leap of faith into an industry I had never worked in before that has ultimately provided me with clarity on what I aspire to do in the future. I don’t necessarily think I’ll find myself working in the hotel industry or returning for permanent work in Florence, but sometimes we learn the most about ourselves through experiences that we may never have again. An eye-opening and incredibly unique Internship to say the least, and perhaps the most cherished gift I’ll take with me as I return home.”

EXPO CHIANTI CLASSICO

The town of Greve in Chianti will host the 48th edition of the Expo Chianti Classico this September from the 6th-9th.  Wine lovers from everywhere will descend on the town during these days to sample some of the best Chianti Classico that this territory is famous for, from more than 60 different wineries.

On Thursday, the festival starts at around 5 pm and finishes at 10 pm.  Friday, from 11 am to 10 pm and Saturday and Sunday from 11 am to 8 pm.

Upon arrival, buy a wine glass from the Segretaria (the price in 2017 was 10 euros).  You will be given a ticket that allows you to taste up to eight of the wines offered at the stands.

Don’t forget that we can organise a private transfer to and from the event if you are staying with us during these days so don’t hesitate to ask us if you would like us to take care of the details.

For more details and the whole program visit the Event website : www.expochianticlassico.com

BUONA FESTA DELLA MAMMA FROM PALAZZO BELFIORE APARTMENTS IN FLORENCE

Happy Mother’s Day!

 

This Sunday in Italy we will celebrate Mother’s Day or more commonly known here as the Festa della Mamma!  We at Palazzo Belfiore Apartments in Florence would like to wish all of the ‘belle Mamme’ a very Happy Mother’s Day.

Mother’s day in Italy was first celebrated in 1957 by Don Otello, a priest from the village of Tordibetto in Assisi. This day has now become part of our calendar and, as in many other countries, is celebrated on the second Sunday of May.

We all know how important ‘La Mamma’ is in Italy!  In fact, Italy is a country where children (or should we say young adults) remain living with their parents for much longer than their peers in other parts of the world.  The Mamma plays such an important role here and even with the evolution of the working woman, the Mamma is the glue that holds the whole family together.  And it doesn’t stop when she becomes a Nonna either!  The Italian Nonna usually becomes the child-care for the new generation of working mums!

We couldn’t think of a better city than Florence to celebrate this special day with your mother!    It’s the perfect time to visit the many gardens that are in full bloom such as the Giardini Boboli, Bardini and Giardino delle Rose.  After a wander around the gardens, express your love and thanks by taking your mother out for a brunch in one of the many well-known restaurants in the city so that she doesn’t have to cook for the family on this day dedicated to her.  Take a relaxed passeggiata through centro, or visit an exhibition in one of the many galleries that Florence is famous for.

However you decide to spend Mother’s Day, we are sure that if you are in Florence it will certainly be one to remember!

We at Palazzo Belfiore would like to wish all of the Mamme a very Happy Mother’s Day.

 

 

The gorgeous photographs featured in this post are from one of the most beautiful Florists in the Oltrarno – Fiorile located at Via di Santo Spirito 26r.

VIA ROMANA IN BLOOM

PALAZZO BELFIORE APARTMENTS IN FLORENCE

 

 

VIA ROMANA IN FIORE
A Fun Floral Outdoor Festival in Florence

 

Take a stroll down Via Romana this Sunday 6th May and enjoy a local street festival filled with lots of entertainment for the whole family!  The whole street will be decorated with flowers and overflowng with music, theatre, street art, photographic displays and even soccer tournaments!

From 3:00-7:00pm you can visit the secret wonder that is Giardino Corsi at number 38 of Via Romana.  Normally closed to the public this private garden is not to be missed.

All residents and stores in Via Romana will take part in the competition, ‘Out of the Flowers’ which aims to involve all residents to landscape the road and so everyone will be out to show their best floral contribution!  It was a huge success last year and so we are expecting bigger and better things from Via Romana in Fiore this year!