You will be housed in homes predominantly in central Florence. These range from antique grand palazzo’s with high ceilings and stone floors, to more modest, modern apartments; all being very representative of a particular Florentine lifestyle. Naturally, it is this interaction with the families which provides the greatest insight into Florentine customs and habits.
These families have all been vetted by the JMU program and have collaborated with us for many years, so that we have built up very good relations and a deep understanding of each family involved. The provision of meals varies slightly from home to home. But on the whole, evening meals are provided three or four times during week nights, and breakfast every day. In addition, you will be given a weekly meal allowance which will assist you with covering the cost of the other meals which are not provided by your home-stay. You will be eating these meals away from your home-stay, thus providing you with the additional motivation to interact and explore the local community in search of modest eating places, where, no doubt, you will meet many interesting characters.