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 h.farrell@theflorentine.net and follow her on Instagram @helencfarrell.
September 12, 2013
NEWS

Getting things done

The Italian government recently passed a set of laws referred to as the ‘Decreto del fare’, in an attempt to simplify day-to-day life and free up resources to encourage the country’s growth and development. It is hoped that the new measures will lower bureaucratic
LIFESTYLE

Emily Taranto-Kent

You know you’re about to meet somebody with creativity coursing through their veins when you encounter a dressmaker’s dummy perched on a pole and sporting a unique logo in a Florentine window space. Boston-born Emily Taranto-Kent has called Florence her home for the last
July 11, 2013
NEWS

Paranormal Ponte Vecchio

Tourists and locals experienced a treat this lunchtime as a team of modern-day ghostbusters tested Florence's iconic bridge in search of supernatural stirrings. Two sightings of ghosts have been claimed on the Ponte Vecchio this August, hence why the National Ghost Uncover team chose to carry out their
events-articles

Top 10 summer food festivals in Tuscany

Eating outdoors and for bargain prices. Sounds like a dream? In the summer months throughout Tuscany it's the norm! Hop into the car and out of the city with our top ten summer sagre. 1.Festa del Mugello, ObiHall, Lungarno Aldo Moro, Florence. Until August 10. If those of
June 6, 2013
LIFESTYLE

Princely thoughts

In 1513, Florentine humanist Niccolò Machiavelli, from his place of exile in Sant’Andrea in Percussina (near San Casciano), announced that he had penned a new treatise. He was talking about De Principatibus, which is now universally referred to as The Prince. Today, along with Carlo Collodi’
NEWS

Letters from the editors

Dear readers and friends,   As many of you may already know, I will be on maternity leave as of this issue. Unfortunately, my leave from The Florentine will not be temporary, as I will also be leaving Florence for Milan to be closer to my husband’s family (for many of the reasons mentioned in […]
December 10, 2009
NEWS

‘Invisible’ workers protest

The Italian government has announced plans to hit unrepresented self-employed professionals with another 2.2% increase on their already staggeringly high national insurance contributions. If the proposal is passed next year, it will effectively force many of these freelancers out of work. ACTA (Associazione Consulenti Terziario Avanzato), an association