I am a Florentine by birth: I was raised and have studied and lived but very well-travelled having visited many countries abroad both for work and leisure. I was among the first to pioneer house exchanges, swapping my house with others, before the age of email when people still communicated by post!
Now my 24-year-old son has fled the nest, I have a spare room where I can welcome and accommodate guests; I find that exchanging ideas and cultures, like travelling, is rewarding.
I work in the export business and speak fluent French and English, but am happy to speak in Italian if you want to practice it!
I know my town and culture and I will be happy to be your guide in a "secret" or shopping itinerary as well as prepare you a real Italian meal. It is not free but cheap. Ask..