Author: Helen Farrell

Editor-in-Chief of The Florentine, Helen writes about food, wine and all things literary. Helen manages The Florentine's translation and copywriting department. She is also a freelance contributor to Decanter, Newsweek and Der Feinschmecker. Email her at and follow her on Instagram @helencfarrell.
February 5, 2018

The man behind Pitti Uomo: Andrea Cavicchi

Andrea Cavicchi, president of Centro di Firenze per la Moda Italiana, talks about the future of fashion and Florence as a centre of it all
February 2, 2018

Purple potatoes

Forgive me while I wax lyrical about purple potatoes—again. One lunchtime, my excitement at this tubular discovery resulted in my foisting violet mash on The Florentine’s team at our usually laid-back communal table. A native of the Peruvian Andes, the vitelotte noire have sunken their roots into Tuscan soil, in the Casentino. Oblong and knobbly, […]
January 13, 2018

The perfect espresso

How many times have you walked into a bar and drank a coffee even though it tasted rancid or was lacking in flavour? It’s astonishing how little we know about—and how little we appreciate—the world’s most important drink after water. Tommaso Bongini, master barista of Tuscan roastery Caffè Mokarico, explains the golden rules to making […]
January 11, 2018

2018: the year ahead in Florence

From quidditch (!) to the council’s quest to ditch pesky potholes, the opening of two new tramlines, international volleyball and top global music acts, 2018 in Florence is set to be more eventful than ever. JANUARY Gucci Garden in piazza della Signoria  Fashionistas and foodies are itching to check out the all-new opening of Gucci […]
January 10, 2018

Cavolo nero and potato soup

A post-Christmas return from England leaves me gasping for greens. Potato-ed out but curiously craving more starch than usually features in my predominantly Tuscan diet, my mind turns to a verdant cavolo nero soup savoured before the holidays. And it’s that taste I can’t erase from my flavour memory this rientro.       First […]

Florence’s fashion shows

It’s that time of the year when we keenly observe that twice-yearly migratory breed bound to ruffle the odd feather: The Pitti People. But Florence and its environs has always had a penchant for fashion, long before the trailblazing runway that shook Parisian couture to its core was held at Villa Torrigiani in February 1951. […]
December 20, 2017

Textile and riches exhibition at the Accademia

Florence’s Accademia Gallery provides a top-tier winter exhibition that focuses on the importance of textile production in 14th-century Florence.
December 19, 2017

Traces exhibition at Palazzo Pitti

Traces. Artful dialogues at Palazzo Pitti’s Museum of Fashion and Costume is not your usual winter fashion-forward exhibition.
December 18, 2017

Open Day at Four Seasons Florence

More than 8,000 people attended the annual Open Day at Four Seasons Florence on December 17, 2018, raising 65,000 euro for charity.
December 15, 2017

The Proud Winegrowers at Villa Bardini

Until January 31, 2018, Villa Bardini is hosting 25 portraits of Chianti’s winemaking scene in The Proud Winegrowers exhibition.