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FIRENZE IN ROSA ONLUS: AMBASSADORS AND VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!

FIRENZE IN ROSA ONLUS

The 5th Edition of the IBCPC Participatory Dragon Boat Festival is just around the corner

The IBCPC Dragon Boat Festival  is held every four years under the auspices of the International Breast Cancer Paddler’s Commission. The Festival is an international non-competitive participatory event targeting Breast Cancer Survivors teams who engage in Dragon Boat activities as post-operative rehabilitation.
For the first time since its institution in 2005, the IBCPC FESTIVAL will take place in Europe: in FLORENCE, ITALY!

AMBASSADORS AND VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!

Imagine Florence bathed in pink!

Come one, Come all  Let’s hold hands and join together to support the International Breast Cancer Festival, July 3 – 8, 2018.

FIRENZE IN ROSA Onlus, the Organizing Committee of the 2018 IBCPC Dragon Boat Florence Festival, will welcome 4,000 to 5,000 people with 120 teams of breast cancer survivors from across the globe.

www.florencebcs2018.org

www.facebook.com/florenceBCSfestival2018/

In order to support FIRENZE IN ROSA Onlus and make this event successful, we need your help!

AMBASSADORS: 120 ambassadors, who will be the point-person for each visiting team. The visiting teams come from Singapore, Germany, France, Brazil, Argentina and many from English-speaking countries, and they’ll need help with translation. The ambassador will contact the captain of the team before the event and welcome the teams when they arrive.

VOLUNTEERS: We need lots of hands to help stuff Swag-Bags, sell T-Shirts, direct people to various locations, and coordinate booths.

PLEASE COME TO THE FIRST ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING TO LEARN MORE. THERE IS NO OBLIGATION.

SHOW YOUR SUPPORT FOR ALL THOSE WOMEN WHO HAVE SURVIVED BREAST CANCER AND WHO PADDLE AS A SIGN OF HOPE.

The Meeting,  organised by AILO Florence,  will be held at the :

British Institute
Sala Ferragamo
Lungarno Guicciardini, 9
50125 Florence
 
Monday, 23 October
Time 17.00 – 18.00

Family-Friendly Dining in Florence

Prior to becoming a mother – when the hours outside of my workday were blissfully free of responsibility – exploring the local restaurant scene was one of my favorite ways to experience Florence. There was never any shortage of places, both old and new, where I could connect with friends on the weekend or unwind with my partner on nights when we were unmotivated to cook.

Unsurprisingly, with the arrival of my son in November 2015, I largely said goodbye to hours-long Sunday trattoria lunches and leisurely evenings of aperitivos turned multi-course dinners. But with each month that passed after his birth, as I became more confident in my ability to handle whatever diaper explosion or ‘hangry’ meltdown my son might throw my way, I began to dip my toe into the – occasionally harrowing – experience of dining out with a young child.

No matter what the age or how well behaved, having babies, toddlers and young children as restaurant companions will never be the same as enjoying a meal out with other adults or older kids. Often – at least in my mind – the temptation to say “let’s just skip it” is great. At home, it doesn’t matter if unwanted food is flung to the floor or if my toddler is so caked in tomato sauce at the end of the meal that I need to transfer him directly from high chair to bathtub. However, I’m still the person who enjoys a good pizza napoletana and birra artigianale as much as I did pre-child, and who also wants to share that experience with my partner and child. So what to do?

Enter the “family friendly” dining establishment. In my experience, Italian restaurants generally do an excellent job of accommodating families. Most staff and fellow patrons don’t bat an eye at the sight (or sound, ahem…) of a small child in their midst, and many go out of their way to make you feel welcome and comfortable. Still, having a list of spots in my back pocket where I know I can find a highchair, maybe a changing table in the bathroom and – now that my son is fully mobile – a place where he can blow off some steam while we wait for our food to arrive, is often the incentive I need to get out the door. And hey, even if the night doesn’t go as planned, at least I won’t come home to a sink full of dishes! Unless they are still there from the night before…but I digress…

Here is a list, in no particular order, of places that I and other members of the Firenze Moms4Moms community enjoy taking our kids.

Fuoco Matto Pizza & Grill Restaurant
Via Ventisette Aprile 16 (Zona center – Piazza Indipendenza)
The ‘family friendly’ gold standard: highchairs, a changing table in the bathroom and a small play area with a couple of toys. Ample space in the dining room, excellent a/c to escape the Florence summer heat, and great food to boot – especially the pizza!
Telephone: +39 055 495140
E-mail: info@fuocomatto.it
Website: http://www.fuocomatto.it/
Open 7 days a week, 12 – 2:30pm and 7 – 11:30 pm; Closed on Saturdays for lunch

Pantarei
Via Vittorio Emanuele II 21r (Zona just outside of center – Ponte Rosso)
While Pantarei does not have a changing table or play area, they have several comfy highchairs and boast a strategic location about half a block from the lovely Giardino d’Orticoltura, which has one of my favorite playgrounds in Florence. Most importantly, the staff at Pantarei is incredibly welcoming and have treated us like family from our very first visit. The menu is fish focused, but they also have an extensive pizza menu and a few non-fish antipasti, primi and secondo.
Telephone: 055474191 – 3808634762
E-mail: ristorante@pantareifirenze.it
Website: http://www.pantareifirenze.it
Open Tuesday – Sunday, 7pm – Midnight; Open for lunch on weekends

Mama’s Bakery
Via della Chiesa 34r (Zona center – Oltrarno/Santo Spirito)
A favorite among expats and locals alike. This informal café is decidedly kid-friendly, with highchairs, a changing table and a ‘kids’ corner’ with games, books, paper and colored pencils for drawing. Food includes faithful reproductions of classic American bakery treats, bagels, American style sandwiches, quiche, yogurt and granola and American coffee.
Telephone: 055.219214
E-mail: info@mamasbakery.it
Website: www.mamasbakery.it
Open Monday – Friday, 8am – 5pm; Saturday and Sunday 9am – 3pm

Coquinarius Ristorante Enoteca
Via delle Oche, 11R, 50122 Firenze (Zona center – Duomo)
Great food and an extensive wine list. Highchairs available, as well as changing tables in both the men and women’s bathrooms. Welcoming staff. Extremely central location. What more do you need? Reservations recommended (it’s possible to reserve online through their website).
Telephone: 055 230 2153
Email: coquinarius@gmail.com
Website: www.coquinarius.it
Open 7 days a week, 12:30 – 3pm; 6:30 – 10:30pm

PappaGioia
Via del Ponte Rosso 57r (Zona just outside of center – Ponte Rosso/Piazza Libertà)
This vegan café is a relatively new entry to the Florentine dining scene – and a welcome one at that! I’m not vegan, but everything I’ve eaten here has been delicious. They have a full Italian style coffee bar with non-dairy milks, smoothies and cold pressed juices, a divine selection of vegan cakes and sweets that my son loves for breakfast or ‘merenda’, beers and wine for the aperitivo hour, and a buffet style lunch and dinner service. Highchairs are available and there is a lovely garden area in the back. Staff are very friendly and welcoming.
Telephone: 055 0736316
Email: info@pappagioia-vegan.it
Website: www.pappagioia-vegan.it
Open Monday – Saturday, 8am – 10pm (summer hours)
Lunch buffet served from 12 – 2:30 pm, dinner buffet from 7 – 9:30 pm

Buonerìa/Fosso Bandito
Corner Viale F.lli Rosselli & Via del Fosso Macinante (Zona just outside of center – Porta a Prato/Ponte alla Vittoria)
Fosso Bandito, at the entrance to the large Cascine Park, has long been a favorite with Florentine families. This is a particularly nice spot to visit when the weather is warm, as there is a large outdoor playground on the premises, along with several small internal “piazzas” for open air dining. Fosso Bandito has hosted Buonerìa Restaurant since early March 2017. Excellent pizza napoletana prepared in four outdoor wood-burning ovens and a beer garden with several craft beers on tap. Highchairs and changing tables available.
Telephone: 055 365500
Email: info@buoneria.com
Website: www.buoneria.com
Open 7 days a week; Restaurant/Pizzeria open 12:30 – 3 pm, 7:30 pm – midnight; Bar open 8 am – midnight.

The Diner
Via dell’Acqua, 2 (Zona center – Santa Croce/Piazza San Firenze)
Another favorite among U.S. expats craving a taste of home. True to its name, The Diner serves classic and tasty diner fare. For families, it doesn’t get much better than this – highchairs, a changing table, a play area and a kids’ menu. Extremely central location.
Email: infoflorencediner@gmail.com
Website: www.thedinerfirenze.com (reservations available through website)
Open 7 days a week, 9 am – 11 pm.

Edi House Restaurant and Pizzeria
Piazza Fra’ Girolamo Savonarola, 8-9 R (Zona just outside of center – Piazza Savonarola)
An ample, reasonably priced menu, a large veranda for outdoor dining, highchairs and a kid-friendly atmosphere make Edi House an excellent choice for families. A good option in an area of town that is largely residential and lacking in an extensive selection of cafés/restaurants.
Telephone: 055 588886
Email: info@edihousefirenze.com
Website: www.edihousefirenze.com
Open 7 days a week, 12 – 3 pm, 7 pm – 12:30 am

RED Feltrinelli
Piazza della Repubblica n. 26/27/28/29 (Zona center – Piazza della Repubblica)
A good, conveniently located spot for a quick, casual bite. This cafè is located within the large RED Feltrinelli bookstore, which has an excellent children’s reading section with small tables and chairs. Just outside the bookstore there is a lovely carousel, and it doesn’t get much more central than Piazza della Repubblica. Open all day from breakfast to lunch, aperitivo to dinner, with a brunch menu on Sundays. Highchairs and changing table available.
Telephone: 199.151.173
Email: www.lafeltrinelli.it
Open 7 days a week, 9am – 11pm

La Cucina del Garga
Via San Zanobi 33r (Zona center – Mercato Centrale)
A vibrant, art filled interior and an interesting menu with many kid-friendly choices. Kids are given markers and encouraged to color on the white tablecloths – allowing parents to enjoy at least a few sips of wine “con calma” while you wait for your meal. Relaxed, family-friendly atmosphere.
Telephone: 055 475 286
Email: info@lacucinadelgarga.it
Website: www.garga.it

Trattoria Le Cave di Maiano – Fattoria di Maiano
Via Cave di Maiano, 16 – Fiesole (Outside of Florence)
A country oasis within a stone’s throw of downtown Florence. Trattoria Le Cave di Maiano has an outdoor playground next to the dining area, making it a top spot for children. A family-friendly and rustic atmosphere with traditional Florentine fare and beautiful views of the hills surrounding Florence.
Telephone: 055 59133

Fattoria di Maiano – Ristorante Lo Spaccio
Via Benedetto da Maiano, 11 – Fiesole (Outside of Florence)
Down the road from Trattoria Le Cave di Maiano is the lovely Fattoria di Maiano. Bring a picnic to enjoy on the grass next to the playground, or dine at their Ristorante Lo Spaccio. It is also possible to reserve an educational tour of the farm, which is home to many animals including geese, ducks, ostriches, goats, donkeys and cows.
Telephone: 055 599600
Email: maiano@contemiarifulcis.it
Website: www.fattoriadimaiano.com
Open year round

Casa del Popolo di Fiesole
Via Giacomo Matteotti, 25/27 – Fiesole (Outside of Florence)
As part of the “bambini in circolo” initiative, Fiesole’s Casa del Popolo has agreed to make this local branch of Italy’s extensive Circolo Arci network child-friendly. This location includes highchairs, a changing table and a children’s play area. The Circolo features a full menu with extremely competitive prices and has a beautiful terrace overlooking the Mugello hills. The circolo is easily reachable with public transport from downtown Florence – take the number 7 bus from Piazza San Marco and get off at the last stop. The club is a 10 minute walk from there through Fiesole’s charming center. The restaurant/pizzeria is run by volunteers and thus open only at certain times of the year. Call before going to make sure they are serving!
Telephone: 055 597002

Summer Camp registrations end the beginning of May for most places

Take a look at the summer camps I just posted on the Facebook page.

Many of the camps deadline for registration is the beginning of May. I hope you have already been looking.

If you know of other camps for the summer that I didn’t post please comment on the page under this post. Thanks. https://www.facebook.com/FMs4Ms/

Expat Working Moms: we are looking to interview you

Hi Moms,

I am looking for expat moms that are working here in Firenze.  FMs4Ms Network would like to interview you. This topic is an important topic for many moms that move here and are looking for jobs or need to make some income.  We want to know your story.

If you are interested in sharing your story, just fill out the form and one of our editors will contact you soon.

Please Help Support the FMs4Ms Network

As renewal time comes for all the Network essentials for keeping moms connected with other moms and giving out information for living an expatriate life in Italy, I am forced to realize how much financial obligation out of my personal account this Network entails. I feel this Network is an asset for the many moms and their families moving here to live in Firenze and the surrounding areas. Which is why I am asking for your help to keep all this alive. A small donation could go a long way.  Here is the GoFundMe link that will take you to the page of where you can donate. Thank you in advance for your help.

https://www.gofundme.com/FMs4Ms-Network

 

 

The hidden dangers of fine hairs in the gardens and parks

There are two major warnings that I want to warn you about for your child playing in the parks and gardens here in Firenze and Italy.  Located in these places are a plant and insect with problematic hairs on them. These are a major do not go near or touch for your child.

The first is Ortica (stinging nettle).  It is a plant that if touched will burn like a jellyfish.  I had totally forgot to remind my nephew not to touch them and at one point, he comes over crying because he was burning from touching this plant.  I feel bad because he is a child that loves to touch nature, plants, bugs, trees etc.

The burn does go away after a while but it will take some time.  The entire area can have a bloated look with inflammation surrounded by a red halo.  The itching, burning, pain, and irritation can be quite intense but can vary from person to person.  This is one plant. If your child rolls in a bunch of it or walks in it with shorts, he/she will be in horrible pain. Now, I know you can eat this but you need to collect it with gloves and cook it before using in foods.

If your child does touch Ortica, try not to touch or rub the affected area for 10 minutes. Immediately pour cold water on the skin without rubbing it with your fingers. Best is to keep any bare skin away from the area to prevent spreading and irritating the area more. Although the pain can be intense in the first few minutes, do not touch or rub to prevent painful sensations that can cause trouble for days. Then wash with soap and water to remove the chemicals released from the plant that is causing the pain, swelling, redness, and itching. In many cases, once the area has been washed, the pain should go away completely or at least reduced a lot. Use a clean cloth, if you do not have water and soap on hand, and gently remove dirt and debris from the area. You can also apply adhesive tape (not sure this will work on little children); this is to pluck the little hairs off the infected area of the skin.

The Lapazio (Dock) plant, which usually grows in the same area as Ortica, is stated as quick balm to put on the infected area caused by Ortica. Lapazio plant has leaves are very large, oval and with rounded tips.  The leaf of Lapazio has a wave-shaped edge with the lower leaf having a reddish color at the stem section. If you see this plant nearby and know it is Lapazio, you should grind some leaves and apply to the affected area. If your child has plant allergies, I would not use this on them.

The next is the Pine Processionary Caterpillar (processionarie) seen around March to June. This caterpillar reminds me of the tent caterpillar from my home in NJ that I used to collect in a jar and wait until it hatched into a moth. Unfortunately, though they are in the same species, they are not the same when it comes to collecting caterpillars. This particular tent caterpillar will line up when walking in a long row.  They look harmless but they are anything but and those little hairs on them will generate a big rash and eye irritations if touched. These hairs can be found also off the caterpillar in the leaves and grass around where they walk.   If your child is allergic to them, they will have an allergic response of cough, difficulty breathing, and bubble blisters on arms and/or hands. If your child touches one of these, you should apply the same steps as above with Ortica except the Dock. Wash with soap and water and do not touch the area with bare hands.   Then call your doctor to get any further treatments.  If your child has symptoms of an allergic reaction, take them to the emergency room immediately.

It is best when your child is young to show pictures or even the real live thing mentioning very strongly to not touch them that they will feel pain. It worked really well with my children. They recognized it immediately and mentioned it to you when they see them.

****On a side note: these are also a big problem for animals so keep an eye on your cat and dogs.

 

Recent News article on children in Hospital Meyer because of the Processionary caterpillar

Ortica photo:
http://www.actaplantarum.org/floraitaliae/viewtopic.php?t=14088

Processionary Caterpillars photo:
http://www.lost-in-france.com/living-in-france/pets/805-processionary-caterpillars
http://facultyweb.cortland.edu/fitzgerald/PineProcessionary.html

Dock photo:
http://erenovable.com/9-malas-hierbas-en-el-jardin-que-son-comestibles/rumex-crispus-lengua-de-vaca/

The Florentine is doing a Kid’s issue for February

This Thursday either get your free hard copy or check it out online. The Florentine is doing a Kid’s issue for their February edition.

Where to get your FREE copy in Florence: theflr.net/pickup
Subscribe (print and digital subscriptions available worldwide: theflr.net/subscribe

From Vancouver, Canada to Florence, Italy

View More: http://nataliareardonphotography.pass.us/elenaphotos

Gina Mazza currently lives in Florence with her beautiful 7 month old daughter and her husband Alessio. Originally from Vancouver, Canada, Gina wanted to share with us the story of her coming here and how she overcame some of the cultural differences she encountered when settling in.

Read more her story…...From Vancouver, Canada to Florence, Italy

By Ela Vasilescu – Writer/Journalist

 

****This is one of the many stories from our Expat Stories Series  If you are interested in sharing your story fill out the form on this post.  We Would Like to Read Your Expat Story

 

Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Florence Flood

81bb47f3-da61-42bd-ad7b-10fdabf7bb4fAnnouncing Special Event:  November 4, 8:00 p.m. – Candlelight Procession Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Florence Flood!  This historic candlelight procession on Friday, November 4 will commemorate the Mud Angels – the young volunteers, many of whom were Americans – who flocked to Florence to help save the city’s precious artworks in the wake of the Flood of 1966.  The city of Florence wants to engage as many members of the local community as possible (students, too!) in the candlelight procession.  Please come out and join us for this extraordinary anniversary event!

8:00 p.m.             Meet at the Church of San Minato a Monte (near Piazzale Michelangelo) – candles will be distributed to participants
8:30 p.m.             Candlelight procession on foot, walking through the city
9:30 p.m.             Arrive at Piazza Santa Croce

*For those in need of public transport to Piazza San Miniato:  Take the ATAF Bus # 12 from Porta Romana or the Bus # 13 from Lungarno Pecori Giraldi.

For more information:  http://toscana.firenze2016.it/dal-fango-gli-angeli-nella-luce-del-futuro/