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

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

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,
January 30, 2014

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

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