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

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 […]

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

Feeding ideas

On April 23, the first floor of Florence’s iconic and much loved Central Market will reopen to the public in a new, revamped format.   Spearheaded by Umberto Montano, Claudio Cardini and Aldo Settembrini, the renovation aims to restore a central role to one of the best-loved and most interesting spaces in Florence’s cityscape.   […]

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
January 30, 2014

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