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.
February 27, 2014

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
January 30, 2014

Skeletons at the Uffizi

As part of the New Uffizi project, work is continuing in the area beneath the Uffizi library reading room, next to piazza del Grano.   In recent months, numerous archaeological and anthropological gems have been unearthed, including a cemetery dating to the fifth-sixth century BCE, in which 60 or

From Florence with love

Love it or hate it, Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! One thing’s for sure: we all love Florence at any time of the year.   To celebrate this season of love, we have launched an open call for #Florenceinlove photos from readers - we're

Tuscany: divine or retouched?

Tuscany's regional government has unveiled its new marketing campaign to promote domestic and international tourism throughout the world-famous region.   Inspired by Dante's epic poem 'The Divine Comedy' and evoking dreamy, pastoral landscapes, the campaign is titled 'Divine Tuscany' and was designed by Rome-based firm LS&

Under surveillance!

Security cameras have been installed in Florence’s piazza Duomo in efforts to combat petty crime and unruly behaviour.   The cutting-edge surveillance technology, installed by the company in charge of the city’s lighting system Silfi spa, provides real time video feed to the police and

Michelangelo to go car-free

The City of Florence has announced its decision to remove all parking from the city’s famous piazza.   First, it was piazza del Duomo, then piazza Pitti and piazza San Firenze. On March 8, the City of Florence will make the world-renowned piazzale Michelangelo free from parking.

Special tours for International Tourist Guide Day

On February 21, International Tourist Guide Day, Tuscany’s various monuments and museums will throw open their doors for the whole weekend, offering free tours of little-known places.   In and around Florence, pay a visit to the Medici villas, declared as UNESCO sites in summer 2013. Nestled