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.
If I could escape anywhere in the world with friends and family, it would be to remote Tuscany. Skewing the worn cobblestones of Siena and Lucca and the honeypot hives of Pisa and San Gimignano, my ideal getaway would be a hamlet on a hill where the wine is divine and the soundtrack is cicadas. […]
At 5.38am on July 16, a sleek silver tram set off on its full maiden voyage. It marked the inauguration of Florence’s new T1 Leonardo tramline, extending the service between Villa Costanza in the east to the main Careggi hospital in the north. Consisting of 26 stops, 11.5 kilometres and 1.50 euro for a single […]
We captured the action from The Florentine’s offices in via dei Banchi 4, near piazza Santa Maria Novella American film director Michael Bay (Armageddon, Transformers) and a crew of some 450 film professionals are in Florence filming Six Underground, a forthcoming action film for Netflix starring Ryan Reynolds and Mélanie Laurent. […]
Regular readers will know all about Florence’s The Wine Talks this summer. Writing about wine is part of my job, visiting cantine and interviewing winemakers. But the bread and butter of my work is reporting on Florence: sadly, in recent months more and more headlines have emerged about the city’s Gen Z falling prey to […]
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.