Author: Helen Farrell

Editor-in-Chief of The Florentine, Helen writes about food, wine and all things literary. She is also a freelance contributor to Decanter. Email her at [email protected] and follow her on Instagram @helencfarrell.
May 10, 2019

Activities in Amiata

Winemaker Charlotte Horton and her brother Alexander Greene invite locals and internationals to Castello di Potentino to exhibit and entertain guests in a medley of events and residential workshops.
April 15, 2019

Nicola Chiappi’s braised lamb with artichokes

“I started cooking because I was really into it, then I studied I.T. at university and I became passionate about being in the kitchen. I’ve been lucky enough to find amazing mentors such as Luca Marin at Il Santo Bevitore and Giovanna Iorio at Alle Murate. It can be tricky because we do have a […]
April 10, 2019

Three wine aficionados share expertise

Wine is a never-ending story. The more you learn, the more there is to absorb. I probed three of Florence’s wine experts to find out their personal and professional stories.   Coral Sisk   What’s your earliest memory of wine? Hating it when I worked at Trader Joe’s while I was in my first years of […]
April 5, 2019

Bibi Graetz in Fiesole

“It’s probably because I’m crazy,” Bibi Graetz laughs, as we chat in the windowed Blu Bar in Fiesole’s piazza Mino.       The eclectic winemaker is making the move from the countryside of Castello di Vincigliata to the urban embrace of the hilltop town. “I guess I’m never satisfied. The fact is, we’ve been successful […]

Castling at Potentino

  Otherworldly is one way of describing Castello di Potentino, an eleventh-century citadel girdled by greenery. West of Seggiano and south of Monte Amiata in southern Tuscany, the castle vaunts an air of exceptional happenstance where everything feels possible and possibilities become practical. Englishwoman Charlotte Horton spotted the potential before anyone else, lovingly restoring the […]
March 7, 2019

A talk with Tuscany’s agriculture councillor

Shifts in the dairy sector, wine culture developments
March 1, 2019

Pitti Immagine Taste 2019: healthy highlights

Bread might be the main course at this year’s March mainstay, Taste, but healthy eating is the all-round pairing. From March 9 to 11, the Stazione Leopolda welcomes an array of natural food companies for the fourteenth edition of Florence’s favourite food event. Grosseto-based firm Severino Becagli serves Tuscan-grown spirulina, a microalga with a high […]
February 12, 2019

Fregula with pumpkin and gorgonzola

“Focusing on seasonal produce was a choice we made to respond to what’s going on right now in the restaurant world; there’s a real need to do something original. Much has to happen before we chefs get our hands on seasonal produce. Food bought in the right season is taken at its zenith, it’s of […]
February 11, 2019

Winter safety checks at Florence Cathedral

The interior walls of Florence’s Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and, for the first time, the drum of the dome, are undergoing checks to ascertain the state of their conservation to date.

Unidentified Florence Objects

There’s a “UFO” in the Palazzo Vecchio. The metre-wide tondo actually goes by the name of Madonna and Child with Young St. John the Baptist and hangs in the Room of Hercules on the top floor of the city hall. The scene seems an anodyne affair at first glance, the sort of private commission painted […]