Author: Alice Fischetti

For Alice Fischetti, an Italian-American “halfie,” a grad school semester in Florence somehow became two years and counting. Besides working on her soft Tuscan “g” and fangirling the Renaissance, she spends her time teaching languages and sipping Chianti in the Oltrarno area. Follow her on Instagram at @a_fischetti.
March 1, 2018

The power of Le Curandaie

Le Curandaie, in Florence's Le Cure is an association that acts as a springboard for women and mothers struggling in their daily life, especially when facing the prospect of entering or re-entering the work world.
February 1, 2018

Vanilla to vibrators: sex shops in Florence

Florence boasts quite a reputation for the romance-related, yet this seemingly vanilla city is no stranger to spice. Its range of sex shops is fitting to its smaller scale, meaning there’s no room for picky here. From modest shops to raunchier spaces, this ABC sorts through the lewd to offer options whose hospitality makes even […]
January 23, 2018

How to plan your “settimana bianca”

Abetone, the Maremma and the Apuan Alps: these wintery Tuscan destinations are sure to satisfy your cravings for snow during a "settimana bianca".
January 11, 2018

New year, new life

Perhaps in line with the wild series of events that characterized last year, 2017 ended on a discordant note in Italy: the “jus soli” reform debate. For a country laced with political anxiety, the struggle to define national identity, or italianità, endures in today’s ever-diversifying Italy: the Democratic Party’s proposed bill offers a speedy path […]
January 10, 2018

The fresh face of Fiorentina

Is there really a "nuova Fiorentina?"
December 7, 2017

The bellybutton borgo

Everybody knows about La Speranza. At least that’s what I’ve been told. Anywhere you go in the Tuscan countryside, you’re bound to find a roadside café teeming with local characters. Curious tourists looking for a midday snack mosey in to find tables of 80-somethings playing cards, their noses turned to sneak a suspicious glance at […]