For over 15 years I have been working in the study abroad travel industry. Since 2004, I have organized and conducted tours for over 30,000 American and International students. At FlorenceForFun, our door was always open to our customers for advice and assistance in planning their own travels. One of the questions that I was asked repeatedly was “What do I do when my parents come to visit?”

Leaving FlorenceForFun is not so much the end of an era, as an exciting beginning of a new one. I am no longer in my 30s, but in my 40s. I am now closer to your age, than to your children’s age and I have 18 years of experience living and traveling in Florence. Parent Week allows me to continue to work with study abroad students, but in a new context and a new role. I look forward to creating amazing experiences for you and your son or daughter that I am sure will become life long memories.

The four months that a student spends in Florence will be some of the most important and memorable of their lives so far. This is an invaluable opportunity for you to be involved and for them to share their favorite parts of their adopted city.

Who is Parent Week?

Director Parent Week Anna McNiel

Anna McNiel

Anna has been living full-time in Florence for 18 years now. Since 2003 she has been working with students and study abroad programs. In 2008, she started FlorenceForFun student travel company and from 2015 was the technical director and manager of the agency. Moving onto new challenges, Parent Week is Anna’s latest venture. “Parent Week allows me to still be involved with study abroad community but work with a completely new customer. Now that I am older, I look forward to creating amazing travel experiences for parents”.

Tour Manager Stephanie McClendon

Stephanie McClendon

Stephanie has been living in Florence for 3 years and from day one at FlorenceForFun become a fundamental part of the travel and organization team. Coming from an academic background in finance however with practical experience in hospitality and event management, Stephanie is resourceful, efficient, fun and friendly. She has repeatedly received five-star reviews and feedback from our customers and looks forward to making sure that the parents have as much (or more) fun than the kids!!

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