Author: Jennifer L. Monti

Jennifer L. Monti is a Florentine native who loves languages, good reads and a warm cup of coffee. She completed her Ph.D. at UCLA and has recently moved back to Florence with her husband and kids. Follow her story on Instagram and Facebook @theflorentinemom.
April 13, 2021

How to enrol your kids in kindergarten in Florence

The second round of kindergarten enrollment in Comune di Firenze (City of Florence) schools will commence on May 3 and last until June 30. For parents who did not have the chance to enroll their children during the first round, this is your opportunity to send your kid(s) off to school in September.     […]
July 29, 2020

Panzanella: a midsummer night’s meal

Traditional Florentine dishes are, for the most part, meals that were consumed and passed on by the working class. Think tripe and lampredotto (cow stomach), ribollita and pappa al pomodoro. There’s nothing fancy about these dishes made with leftovers, stale bread or scraps of meat that people could not afford to get rid of. And […]
June 25, 2020

Children-friendly parks in Florence

Keeping kids entertained is never as easy as one would like to think. Especially now as schools will remain closed until September, I find myself scrambling to come up with child-friendly activities on a daily basis—or, rather, activities that will keep my kids busy and tire them out at the same time. The days are […]
June 3, 2020

Children’s summer camps to start on June 15      

Pre-enrolment now open for summer camps in and around Florence
May 15, 2020

Quarantine reads: 5 Italian classics

If there’s one thing this imposed quarantine has given us, it’s time. Time to finally clean out our closets, plan out our year, or pick up that book that’s been sitting on our nightstand for months on end. Without the hustle and bustle of everyday life, we can finally sit down and relax with a […]