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.
January 30, 2014

Painting-perfect countryside

While it never comes as a surprise when Tuscany is awarded with yet another accolade, it is always welcome—and well deserved of course.   Top U.S. business publication Forbes has included Tuscany on its ‘The World’s Most Beautiful’ list, researched by professional travel

Prime Renzi

Italian President Giorgio Napolitano has asked Mayor of Florence and leader of Italy’s Democratic Party Matteo Renzi to form a new coalition government.   Consultations will begin officially on Tuesday and Renzi is expected to take a few days to define his agenda and team of ministers. Italy&

Welcome students!

If you are new to Florence, welcome! The Florentine is your passport to explore the city, packed with news, events and tips on how to make the most of your time in this beautiful place we are lucky to call home, whether for a semester or for life.   If

His best moment?

Prime Minister Enrico Letta has resigned from his office as head of the Italian government.   Talks are expected to begin this afternoon at 5pm with the President of the Senate Pietro Grasso and at 5.45 pm with the President of the Chamber of Deputies Laura Boldrini.   It
January 16, 2014

Don’t miss the student issue: TF196, out Jan 30!

Fresh from the resounding success of TF’s first ever digital-only issue (you wouldn’t believe us if we told you how many people downloaded and read it), The Florentine is happy to be back on paper on January 30, available free of charge from its usual

Shifting gear

Because of new legislation that came into force on January 9, from now on you’ll have to replace your driving licence as it expires.   The legislation phases out the old-fashioned, pink brochure with the unsightly pink stickers stuck unceremoniously onto your licence.   The process of

Transit in Tuscany

With 40 million euro allocated by the Tuscan Region for public bus transit, more than 300 new buses will soon be taking to the roads in the cities and towns of Tuscany.   The funds will purchase 304 new buses: 254 for operation within towns and cities, 44 in suburban

National round-up

Italian prime minister Enrico Letta and new leader of the Partito Democratico (PD) Matteo Renzi are discussing key issues such as electoral legislation, the so-called jobs act and a government reshuffle, and they appear to be in agreement about the need for swift and decisive action. Letta commented, ‘
December 12, 2013

Renzi wins landslide victory in PD primaries

Speaking at Florence’s Obihall, backed by the slogan of his electoral campaign in inverted letters, ‘L’Italia cambia verso’ [Italy changes direction], new Democratic Party leader Matteo Renzi thanked the people of Italy, his wife and his opponents.   With 67.8 percent of the

Concordia commemorated

Tuscany recently paid tribute to the memory of the 32 people who lost their lives in the Costa Concordia shipwreck that occurred on January 13, 2012.   A laurel wreath bearing the words Comune Isola del Giglio (Municipality of Giglio Island) was placed in the sea in front of the