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.
April 3, 2014

From Montmartre to Michelangelo

See the sun set, buy some original artwork and splurge on a souvenir or two: piazzale Michelangelo already offers all this. But, to all intents and purposes, it is still a car park.   Whilst Matteo Renzi’s plans to pedestrianize the world’s most memorable square have

Viola in vain

Fiorentina fans arrived in their droves in Rome yesterday for the Coppa Italia final against Napoli.   Following sad scenes of a firefighter being hit by a flare and reports of injuries caused by shootings in the vicinity of the Stadio Olimpico, the match got underway after an hour's

Bran and books

As a linguist and bibliophile, a visit to Accademia della Crusca is for me akin to a trip to the Uffizi for art lovers. Established between 1582 and 1583, the Crusca is the world’s leading authority and research centre on Italian language. I was honoured to speak with

Just tell it!

Overcoming differences, challenging gender stereotypes and embracing diverse family compositions and sexual orientations are the aims of Cuntala (meaning ‘tell it,’ in old Italian), a card-based game for children.   Each box of Cuntala consists of 44 cards in four categories of characters (light blue), objects (green),
February 27, 2014

Baring all

‘I was in a sort of ecstasy, from the idea of being in Florence, close to the great men whose tombs I had seen. Absorbed in the contemplation of sublime beauty… I reached the point where one encounters celestial sensations… Everything spoke so vividly to my soul. Ah, if I could only forget. I had […]

Ponte Vecchio penalties!

Fifty fines have been issued in one month to owners of vehicles lacking authorization to drive over Florence's Ponte Vecchio.   Florence's city police have upped checks of vehicles passing over the world-famous bridge.   Most unauthorized access occurred between 6 and 8.30am.   The city

An interview with Valeria Piccini

A sought-after destination for the likes of Queen Victoria, the St. Regis Florence is now more than just a luxurious place to stay. The Art Deco-style winter garden at one of Florence’s leading hotels has opened its doors to Valeria Piccini, one of Tuscany’s

Taste Florence!

Florence–March–Taste: this holy trinity is a tried-and-tested combination after nine increasingly successful years of culinary excellence.   This year, approximately 300 Italian food producers flying the flag of excellence in their respective fields are expected to attend Taste, the event dedicated to food lifestyle,

Renzi time

Matteo Renzi has come a long way since his days in the scouts at Rignano sull’Arno. At 39, Italy’s new prime minister is its youngest ever, and he is also the youngest prime minister in the European Union at present.   Renzi’s interest in

A passion for Venus

Adriàn Pino Olivera, the 25-year-old Spaniard who stripped off naked before Botticelli's Birth of Venus, has explained his motivation for the act on his blog.   Olivera is a performance artist and his baring all at the Uffizi is set to be the first in