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 firstname.lastname@example.org and follow her on Instagram @helencfarrell.
You’ll never be wanting for watering holes in Florence. This summer a few Arno-side venues stand out; we’ve included some landlocked locales, too. NORTH BANK Florence’s North Bank continues to pull in the punters this summer. Wood Music Garden (lungarno Colombo 23-27) intrigues with its contemporary design and lively events schedule, ranging from outdoor cinema […]
Morellino di Scansano: for years we’ve all thought of it as the cheaper, wilder and blackberry-bombastic Sangiovese option. Let’s look again: it can be delicate and expansive, salty and sweetish, intriguing and surprising.
In June, there’s no more nostalgic walk in Pontassieve than from via Palagi to Pievecchia. Ph. @helencfarrell On June 8, 1944, the hushed hamlet of Pievecchia would never be the same again. It all began in via Palagi in the nearby town of Pontassieve, where a group of partisans burst into the […]
“I placed you at the centre of the world so that from there you could best observe all that is in the world. Neither celestial nor earthly did I create you, so that you, your own voluntary and honorary sculptor and shaper, could forge yourself in the form you preferred. You could degenerate into an […]
Summer’s (almost) here when apricots appear on supermarket shelves. We love their natural blush, as if the fruit’s feigning embarrassment at their own goodness. These fragrant orbs are loved by all, including the flies often found buzzing around them. Faintly furry and fabulously sweet, apricots are perfect popped into your bag in the morning […]
The Florentine's Editor-in-Chief Helen Farrell speaks about a day in the life of Florence's English news magazine at Palazzo Tornabuoni, a private residence club/cultural hub welcoming knowledge sharing and creative inspiration.
On May days when tourists descend in droves by plane, train and automobile, it’s time to take to the hills—and one steep ascent in particular. Photos by Helen Farrell @helencfarrell Via dell’Erta Canina is a special street, unknown to the masses and often overlooked by locals. One Sunday afternoon, after taking on Florence’s ultimate natural […]