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.
November 16, 2017

2018 Michelin starred restaurants in Tuscany

Here’s an overview to 2018 Michelin-starred restaurants in Tuscany, which vaunts three new entries: Poggio Rosso, Osteria Perillà and Cum Quibus.
November 2, 2017

A chat with Benjamin Wohlauer

On the SelectUSA program, his priorities and favorite off-duty spots
October 31, 2017

Interview with Dario Nardella, Mayor of Florence

On mass tourism, anti-terrorism efforts, the international student community and more
October 30, 2017

The Bolgheri of Pisa

A leisurely half-hour drive down the picturesque via Vecchia Aurelia and Strada Comunale di Montescudaio takes you from brassy Bolgheri to another brilliant wine region. Ribarbella sits prettily in the Pisa province, the town dating to 1034 and named after the sandy white tufa soil (“Ripa Albella” in Latin, meaning “white bank”).   Tuscan vinophiles […]
October 27, 2017

Gurdulù: a review

Gurdulù is a glamorous restaurant with gourmet aspirations in the Oltrarno’s via delle Caldaie, a few turns from piazza Santo Spirito.
October 26, 2017

A conversation with Cecilie Hollberg

On a high-season day more than 8,000 people visit the Accademia, making it the second most visited museum in Italy after the Uffizi. Director of the Accademia Cecilie Hollberg spoke with The Florentine about the challenges and complexities of running the popular gallery. Cecilie Hollberg | Ph. Leo Cardini Helen Farrell: Earlier this year, an […]

Michelangelo at The Met

If ever a Florence lover needed an excuse to travel transatlantic, the forthcoming exhibition at New York’s beloved Met provides it.   “Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman and Designer”, opening on November 13 at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, is set to present an impressive range and number of works by the artist: 128 of his drawings, […]
October 3, 2017

It’s showtime in Tuscany

From photography in Lucca to sculptures in Pistoia, Escher in Pisa and Canova in Carraia, autumn in Tuscany has something for everyone on the exhibition front.   Visual Passions #PISTOIA The first retrospective on Marino Marini’s sculptures has taken up suitable residence at Palazzo Fabroni. The “Passioni Visivi” exhibition examines all the phases of the […]

Pizza picks in Florence

Fifteen years ago, it was a struggle to sink your teeth into a decent margherita in Florence. Those times have changed. Top food publisher Gambero Rosso’s latest Guida alle pizzerie d’Italia alludes to a phenomenal pizza presence in Tuscany. Second only to the birthplace of the popular pie, Campania, the region now vaunts three pizzerias […]

On “gottino”

There’s a pocket-sized enoteca in NYC’s “the Village” that serves Italian wines by the glass: its name is Gottino. In Pontassieve, my hometown that regularly sleeps, miniscule pizzeria Da Sandrino opens dinner play with a Tuscanlicious grazing board of cold cuts, crostini and a gottin di vino. Never one to shy away from vinous discoveries,  […]