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.

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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


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


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


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


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


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


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


8 exhibitions you have to see in Florence in 2015

The lineup for the 2015 edition of Florence: Art for a Year has just been announced. Many of Florence’s most prestigious museums, including the Bargello, the Accademia and the Uffizi, will take part in the tenth installment of the program.   The year will start off with Gherardo


A new Oltrarno

By January 12, 2015, piazza del Carmine will be pedestrianized, part of a broader scheme intended to improve quality of life in the Oltrarno.   Renovating the piazza, for which 3.6 million has been allocated, is the first step in returning the Oltrarno to Florentines. Among the planned improvements,


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


Gastronomic Florence

  This month from November 10 to 30 some of the city’s most adored locations will come alive with a calendar packed with events that are food, wine and beer ...


Firenze Marathon 2014

The Firenze Marathon is the second most popular marathon in Italy, with over 11,300 runners taking part in the last edition. It has also been praised on a global level for its welcoming atmosphere and the energetic support by the city’s inhabitants. The organising committee is working


Contemporary colors

Throughout the month of November, the showrooms of the Galleria 360 are getting a contemporary twist. Until December 2, visually striking pieces will line the venue for the exhibition Colori dell'anima.   Colori dell’anima features evocative works by several international artists, all of whom rely primarily on


Henrot at the Gucci Museum

After the exhibition displaying Lee Lozano’s, Alina Szapocznicow’s and Evelyne Axell’s artwork from the 1960s, the Gucci Museum will be presenting work by Camille Henrot, a French artist born in 1978.   Henrot's work incorporates a variety of artistic techniques, and she consistently


The i-locate Project

From today until November 21 at the Palazzo Coppini in Florence (Centro Studi Incontri Internazionali e Centro Arte e Cultura dell’Opera del Duomo), there are a number of events being held by ‘i-locate’, a project conceived to promote the study of localization in a world


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-


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


Hailstorm damages

After the terrible hailstorm on September 19, the Biblioteca Nazionale di Firenze is left with 900,000 euro of damages. The director of the library Maria Letizia Sebastiani commented that the majority of the damage is to the eaves and skylights of the building.   The reconstruction began about a


A Florentine winter

Tuscany’s biggest winter attraction is returning to Bellariva at the ObiHall, and will be stay from November 7 until March 1. Come here to get your fill of skating and snowtubing, with four lanes, two for adults and two for children.   The ‘Il Rifugio del Ghiottone&


Etruscan trekking

The ‘Road of the Gods’ is an antique Etruscan path going from Bivigliano in Fiesole, all the way to piazza Maggiore in Bologna. This route traverses twelve different municipalities, and has recently received renewed appreciation from trekking aficionados. The trail is about 130 kilometers long, and has been


Smart cities!

Smart City Exhibition, a forum for discussing innovation in Italy, is being held in Bologna until tomorrow, and released this year’s ICity Rate. The statistics took into consideration 106 municipalities in Italy, and evaluated them based on 72 indicators, in order to analyze six factors: economy, living, environment,


EMWA’s 39th conference

The European Medical Writers Association will be holding its 39th conference in Florence. Members from pharmaceutical, medical, and technological industries will gather at the Hotel Mediterraneo in Florence from the 6th to the 8th of November. Over 25 workshops, seminars, and discussions will be held, each addressing different facets of


Ghirri photography exhibition

From the 18th of October to the 20th of January the Poggiali e Forconi gallery in via della Scala is showcasing some of Luigi Ghirri’s (1943-1992) most influential photographs. Angela Madesani is curating the exhibition, where twenty breathtaking photos have been chosen, all taken from the 70s

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