Valentina Navarrini

I was born and raised in a small town near Arezzo, in southern Tuscany. After I received my degree in Political Science from the University of Florence I realized I wanted to improve my English, so I moved to England to live with a local host family. This experience has really broadened my horizons. I had the chance to meet people from all over the world and with many I’m still in contact today.

Adapting to life abroad (in my case England) was easier than I thought. Pretty soon I was replacing my morning cappuccino with tea and milk and started craving my dinner at 5:30 p.m. instead of 8 o’clock! By putting myself in situations to meet others from other countries, I was pleasantly surprised at my growth and openness to new cultures.

I started working in an American university program in 2009, just after I moved to Florence. I joined the big ISI Florence family in 2012, first as a member of the administrative office and now as site visits coordinator.

My interests are yoga, country hikes, and reading. I highly recommend discovering as many Italian cities as possible, but without missing any single part of Florence, any museum or piece of art. Enjoy the city, get your coffee in your neighborhood bar, read a book in one of the city’s gardens, buy local products at the grocery shop, and speak with locals… you will love it!