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

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
January 30, 2014

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

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

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