Author: Alice Fischetti

For Alice Fischetti, an Italian-American “halfie,” a grad school semester in Florence somehow became three years and counting. Currently the Polimoda communication team's Editor, she spends most days penning her thoughts and on Netflix. Follow her on Instagram at @a_fischetti.
November 6, 2018

Ferrante fever hits the States (again)

Across the Atlantic, far from their supposed site of conception, Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan novels rank amongst the best-received Italian literary series authored by a woman—or rather, a pseudonymous author presumed to be female. The four-book series, centered on the impassioned friendship between two girls coming of age in an impoverished Naples, has generated as much […]
May 4, 2018

Accent chameleons

Accents have never been my forte. When I was 13, a haughtier, more New Yorker version of me, charged with the occasional cawfee and wata slip-ups, took off for summer camp in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Three weeks later, much to my embarrassment and to the amusement of my friends, “y’all” had become a staple of my […]
April 16, 2018

The women of wine

Wine is perhaps the most culturally symbolic beverage in recorded Italian history. Inextricably linked to Tuscany’s genetic makeup, the drink is one of the region’s oldest businesses, an industry recently subject to somewhat of a Risorgimento. In the last decades, international world-class varieties (especially French) have shared the limelight with traditional local grapes. In this […]
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 […]