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.
July 17, 2019

Skydiving over Florence

Now, I see the sky in a different light. This weekend, I eyed up my terrace’s base-jumping potential and obsessed as a drone was piloted downriver. On Friday, I tumbled out of a plane at 4,000 metres on a tandem skydive, the most empowering experience in my life to date.           […]

Thought for food

Leading environmentalists and journalists visited Castello di Potentino, in the Maremma, for an international symposium about food and the environment between June 6 to 11.   The London-based journalism pioneer The Frontline Club and food, wine and cultural hub Castello di Potentino teamed up to highlight pressing environmental issues and address them through a series […]
July 8, 2019

Where love is illegal

Collective consciousness, pressing social issues and art are the driving forces behind ULTRA, a night-long photography exhibition to be held in Prato’s former industrial space Corte Genova.             On July 19, from 9pm to 7am, LGBTQIA+ rights will take centre stage in Where Love is Illegal, a reportage project by […]
July 2, 2019

Summer hotspots in Florence 2019

For music lovers and boogie aficionados, there’s a plethora of spots, old and new, that open during the summer months. Most of these places offer more than just tunes and good vibes. With free yoga classes, delicious street food and even a skate park popping up, it’s set to be a scorcher.     THE […]

Nina Peci: in her own words

Nina Peci is a woman of firsts: a founder of Arcigay Lesbica, one of the first lesbians to be interviewed as coming out on Italian television and the first Jew to join Florence’s Misericordia. On walking into our editorial offices, she pulls a cluster of magazines out of her backpack. Quir was the publication that […]

Queen’s Birthday Party

On June 27, the UK affirmed its centuries-old friendship with Italy based on cultural, academic, economic and commercial exchanges at the Queen’s Birthday Party held at Florence’s Villa Bardini.       Three hundred guests gathered at the hilltop location to toast Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II as the Queen’s Birthday Party event returned to […]
June 26, 2019

Residing at the castle

“I could write a book here,” was my hankering on walking up the worn medieval steps to the tapestry-lined Baron’s Room at Potentino Castle. Wall hangings aside, the view through the weathered window gazing out to mystical Montegiovi inspired me to scribe something soulful.           Not an isolated occurrence, this call […]
June 19, 2019

Panzano Arte: a contemporary art trail

  Panzano is gearing up to host an art trail with a French feel. More than 30 sculptures will be exhibited in the Chianti town and across four iconic vineyards between June 22 and September 18 as part of Panzano Arte, a project championed by the village’s famous poet-butcher Dario Cecchini. From massive installations in Paris, […]

Gionata d’Alessi’s lasagne

“The new Caffè Italiano concept was thought up by Umberto Montano, the food entrepreneur behind the Mercato Centrale brand. There’s a Neapolitan-only pizza corner headed up by Guglielmo Vuolo, Sicilian cooking by Carmelo Pannocchietti next door at Arà è SUD, and a fantastic wine list selected by Sandro Soltani (including 106 labels by the glass). […]
June 11, 2019

The booksellers

  Since 1979, Emily Sue Rosner and Maurizio Panichi have driven the Paperback Exchange, an independent Anglo-American bookstore that has become a cultural hub for the international community with its trusty trade-in scheme and stock of new and current releases. This year, their 40-year old “third child” is being handed over to the enthusiastic young […]