I am a 41 year old English man who has lived mostly in Italy for the past 9 years. I live South of Rome, in a medieval town, built on the Alban Hills, with my Italian partner, Chiara.
I graduated in English Literature and Philosophy in 1991 from Manchester University. Since that time I have lived in a way to combine travelling, living in foreign countries and working, mostly teaching English as a foreign language. These experiences led me to decide Italy has the most satisfying balance of lifestyle and work opportunites.
As well as living and teaching English in and near Rome I have also restored a summer stone cottage in the North of Italy, near to the Italian Riveria and often have friends and family who come to stay there and enjoy that area, as well as to our house near Rome.
Along with my partner, I am enthusiastic to share our love of this area of Italy, near Rome, its nature and culture and our love of teaching and using the English Language.
One of my main interests is travelling and exploring new cultures. Living in Italy I have become interested in architecture and building and have restored a cottage using traditional materials. My other love in Italy is its nature and every year go for hiking and camping trips in the mountains. On the language side, I enjoy writing and reading poetry and currently study current affairs and like watching documentaries on these issues. I also love listening to many types of music and watching classic films.
My partner, Chiara is a proficiency level speaker of English and a translator and teacher. Her family have a few English speakers who we can visit in Rome. Two cousins are studying languages at university and enjoy talking in English. I have some English mother tongue friends who are also teachers and I am friends with some of my private students who speak English to a good level.
THE SOCIAL PROGRAMME
There are many possibilities of day and half day trips. In the immediate area there are many important historical locations, Etruscan, Roman, medieval and Renaissance, which encompass tombs, religious sites, villas, parks, in addition to all the major places of interest in Rome itself.
For example, a 40 minute drive there is the town of Tivoli, which has the worlds largest Roman villa of the Emperor Hadrian, as well as the Villa Gregoriana, an amazing natural gorge, with many Roman ruins. Only half an hour away there is another famous town of Palestrina, with a fascinating museum and ruins of a Temple to the Roman goddess Fortune.
In the Castelli area there are 2 beautiful volcanic lakes to visit, with many short or longer hikes with stunning views. In the warmer months its possible to swim or do water sports. The lakes are overlooked by important historical villages, one which has the extensive buildings and grounds that serve as the summer residence of the Pope, with museums and churches.
My partner, Chiara, and myself have enjoyed and enjoy visiting all these places, so will be able to offer a day or half day trip to the ones that most interest the student and to give joint guided tours in English
In the evening there are pizzeria restaurants, where you sit ouside and nearby Frasati is a pleasant place for an evening walk to watch the sunset over Rome, go to a concert or to take an ice cream. At home we can watch an English language film, play board games or surf the internet.
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We are both vegetarian so we offer meals based around classic Italian ingredients, pasta, rice, vegetables, especially aubergine, zucchini, peppers, cheese and pulses.
I enjoy baking wholemeal bread. We also cook Indian food sometimes.
When we go to a local pizzeria then there are also meat and fish options available.
We are in a small town, one of the famous Castelli(Castle)hill towns(600m) built on an extinct volcano, 25km south of the centre Rome.
The town offers good local cafes, pizzerias and a pretty historical centre. There are some lovely walks from the town centre up to an large natural area of the Regional Park, where there are the fascinating Roman ruins of Tuscolo.
A 10 minute bus ride takes you to the larger Castelli of Frascati, with museums, Renaissance villas and parks to visit. Frascati is also a good place for shopping, sports facilities, high quality food and wine and for cultural events.
The other main benefit of this location is easy access to the centre of Rome, the quickest and easiest way is a half hour train ride from one of the 2 nearby stations (1€ same price as the metro ticket). From Termini station in Rome you are well placed to visit any of Rome's many sites for either a full or half a day.
THE TEACHER’S HOMEANDTHE STUDENT ACCOMODATION
The student bedroom is on 2 levels with a private bathroom, and a small dressing table area on the upper level. Down a few stairs there is the bed, with a desk, and an elevated wardrobe.
My first teaching experience was in India, teaching to Tibetan refugees. Back in
England I taught for a number of summers in the 1990's at summer schools with teenagers
from many countries, as well as organising social events.
From 2004 I have worked full time in Rome teaching a wide variety of ages and levels.
From preparing 13 year old Italian school children for their oral Trinity exams to
doing online lessons at the headquarters of the Bank of Italy.
I took one year away, in 2006/7, from Rome to teach at a College in Oman, for students
preparing for their university studies in English.