Author: Oreste Giacche'

Oreste Giacche' is a recent graduate from City University London, and has temporarily moved back to Florence the city where he attended high school. He was born in New York, and was raised between the United States, Florence and San Terenzo, his hometown in Liguria. He loves writing for The Florentine while exploring new interests, and hopes to be teaching English abroad in 2015.
February 5, 2015
LIFESTYLE

Stay healthy in Florence

Needing health care abroad can be a real pill. When living in a foreign country and an unfamiliar city where you don't speak the language, having to set up a doctor's appointment can be frustrating and nerve-racking. But don't worry: it's much easier than you
January 15, 2015
LIFESTYLE

A guide to transportation in and around Florence

One of the best things about living in Florence is its size. Especially for those living in the city center, it is large enough to be bustling with activity while still sufficiently small for all distances to be walkable. Nonetheless, on a frosty evening (or a sweltering afternoon), the walk
LIFESTYLE

A chat with Audrey Hepburn’s granddaughter

Emma Ferrer and I met on an unseasonably cold night this fall at a charming wine bar near piazza San Marco. Since her recent modelling stint for fashion magazine Harper’s Bazaar, Ferrer has been exposed to the unfamiliar limelight of international media attention, a slice of the fame
December 4, 2014
NEWS

Weather sentinels in Chianti

Sentinel-citizens of the weather: the idea was born in Chianti where the first network of volunteers was founded, and is dedicated to the timely reporting of meteorological information. During meteorological events the volunteers will submit specific information on their location about rain, hail and snowfall, with the option of
NEWS

Armani museum plans

A new space dedicated to showcasing and appreciating design, art and fashion is being created in Milan. The project consists of a collaboration among public and private sectors, with the Palazzo Marino and design company Giorgio Armani working together for a common goal: to promote the cultural heritage of fashion
ART + CULTURE

From Italy to Belgium

Most visitors to Florence come to see the city’s famed Renaissance art. One visitor, Eric van Esser, owner of the Cappelleschi Gallery, who splits his time between his homeland, Belgium, and Italy, visits the city with a much different mission: he comes to Florence and other Italian cities
NEWS

Virtual Duomo

For Expo 2015 you’ll find Florence’s finest under the Cathedral’s cupola.   We’re not referring to the original one designed by Renaissance genius Brunelleschi, but a hi-tech reproduction that will stand 8.5 metres tall and six metres wide.   Welcome
November 6, 2014
NEWS

Ice skating in Florence

As winter approaches, the 'Palaghiaccio' ice skating rink in piazza Libertà returns to Florence. This has been a yearly tradition in Florence since 1996, although before it was held in Santa Croce.The rink is 30 meters by 20, with a capacity of 200 skaters at a time, and
NEWS

He’s back

Nearly 15 years have passed since Anthony Hopkins trod the streets of Florence as serial killer Hannibal Lecter. His character wove the city’s shops, over the bridges and through the piazzas, stopping at the Porcellino fountain to rinse his hands before heading for the Palazzo Vecchio to disembowel
NEWS

F-Light Festival 2014

The ceiling of the market will be transformed into a flying carpet, a historic building will be used as a huge screen, statues will be dressed up, and the façade of a church will be used to display the city’s history. The fifth edition of F-