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

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
January 16, 2014

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, ‘

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
December 12, 2013

A not so ‘Merry’ Christmas

Until January 6, bars in the old city centre of Florence and in the Cascine park are not allowed to sell alcoholic drinks from 9pm to 6am.   Prefect Luigi Varratta signed off on the legislation, which prohibits both sale of alcohol to drink on the premises and to take

An interview with Riccardo Maccolini

A feeling of togetherness and tranquillity pervades Palazzo Tornabuoni the moment you step inside off the busy thoroughfare of via degli Strozzi. I spoke with Riccardo Maccolini, who recently became the president of private residence Club Tornabuoni, returning home to Florence after a long spell working in fashion and retail

New old-school Uffizi

For visitors to the Uffizi Gallery who are short on time but eager to take in the highlights of the famed museum, there's an app for that... the Uffizi Art History Guide.   The easy-to-use app for IOS devices (there is also Kindle e-book version) lists

Snow news

Many of those who enjoy skiing in Tuscany know that the Toscana Neve website ( provides full snow reports for the ski areas throughout the region. Now some handy apps have been developed to allow skiers to check weather, slope conditions and more.   The mountain section of

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