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Andrea Piancastelli

  • United Kingdom
Native language:
German, French, English
Editing and Proofreading , Data Entry, Translation Jobs
Other, Fashion, Arts and Culture
About Me

Freelance translator
English, French and German > Italian

An Italian freelance translator and archaeology graduate, I specialise in the translation of texts from English, French and German to Italian. With four years' professional experience, a strong academic background and broad hands-on experience in the fields of archaeology, history of art and antiques, I focus on providing quality texts with attention to detail and target register, attentive to meeting client needs and deadlines.


✜ Workshop in Mayan Archaeology
University of Indianapolis, Belize, Central America, 2011
A two-week course, working and living on-site at an extensive area of ancient Mayan ruins in the jungle.

✜ BA in Ancient History specialising in Archaeology
Bologna University, Italy, 2007
A five-year course, specialising in Archaeology of Ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome; Etruscology.

✜ Diploma in Languages and Art History (cum laude)
St. Umiltà Lycée, Faenza, Italy, 2002
Studies in Italian, English, French, German, Russian and History of Art.


Il fascino di Medusa tra arte, mito e leggenda, mythology essay, 2017
English-Italian translation of crime book Storey by Keith Dixon, 2017
Translation of The Leviathan from the original ancient German text to Italian, 2003
Lidia Ravera 1st prize and publication, creative writing competition, 2000
Italia Nostra 3rd prize and publication, art history writing competition, 2000

Specialist experience

Christie's of London
Wine department

Christie's wine department specialises in truly rare wine varieties, and assists with a wide range of buying and selling needs, for customers all over the globe.
I worked with the pre-sale administrator, specialists and cataloguers, gaining a solid grounding in wine terminology. I also helped with English/French proofreading for the company auction catalogues.

Christie's of London
House Sales and Private Collections department

The scope of this department is almost infinite, spanning areas as diverse as furniture, tapestries, ornaments, glassware, antique garden furniture, clocks, scientific equipment, paintings from Renaissance to the Contemporary, and much else besides.
My work allowed me to gain an intimate knowledge of an immense range of subject areas and their terminology, as well as giving me a unique glimpse into the organisation and sale of such pieces at auction.

English Heritage, London
Cataloguer, Online Collections

I assisted the Curatorial Department in researching, writing, proofreading and editing technical data sheets in preparation for publication of the Collections Online Project, a task which involved transferring all the information in the archive from paper to electronic format, improving and expanding the information on each piece.
My work involved significant research into the individual pieces, focusing mainly on the history of the English monarchy. The finished entries were then displayed throughout the various English Heritage sites, as a source of information to visitors.

Sotheby’s of London
19th Century European Paintings department

I helped in the organisation of sales and exhibitions, and assisted the Specialists with Italian/English translations for the acquisition of Donatella Versace's painting collection. Practical on-site training was also provided in various techniques used by art experts, such as authenticating a painting, and recognising aspects such as the frame, signature, and techniques of individual artists.


I believe history is a vital part of our lives, and since 2012 I have been writing a blog (in Italian) based on this belief, with entries as diverse as The Brixton Mill and the remains of London’s agricultural past, The culinary secrets of Leonardo da Vinci, and Venice: water demonic and divine. I have been contacted by numerous people over the years who have found inspiration in the words that I wrote. Recent updates make the blog now also attractive to antiquary and rarities collectors.

Other interest fields

My other fields of interest include tourism, luxury goods and fashion.
I am trained and familiar with Pranic Healing and other alternative and holistic therapies.


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