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 and follow her on Instagram @helencfarrell.
July 4, 2018

Riverside bars in Florence

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 […]
July 2, 2018

Wines that deserve a second chance

The fruit of this year's Collisioni Festival - Wine Project by Ian D'Agata: a reassessment of Italy’s most famous—and most maligned—wines, from prosecco to frascati.
June 28, 2018

Morellino di Scansano: not as wild as we think

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.
June 8, 2018

Cannabusiness in Florence

Hemp growing, home delivery and legal lines
June 4, 2018

Walking from Pontassieve to Pievecchia

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 […]

The San Miniato Millennium

“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 […]
June 3, 2018

Avid for apricots

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 […]
May 30, 2018

On the ticket gates at Santa Maria Novella

As the high season sets in, holiday goers will notice a new addition to Florence’s main transportation hub: the ticket gates at the Santa Maria Novella train station.
May 12, 2018

A day in the life of The Florentine

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.
May 7, 2018

L’Erta Canina

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 […]