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.
July 11, 2013

Paranormal Ponte Vecchio

Tourists and locals experienced a treat this lunchtime as a team of modern-day ghostbusters tested Florence's iconic bridge in search of supernatural stirrings. Two sightings of ghosts have been claimed on the Ponte Vecchio this August, hence why the National Ghost Uncover team chose to carry out their

Top 10 summer food festivals in Tuscany

Eating outdoors and for bargain prices. Sounds like a dream? In the summer months throughout Tuscany it's the norm! Hop into the car and out of the city with our top ten summer sagre. 1.Festa del Mugello, ObiHall, Lungarno Aldo Moro, Florence. Until August 10. If those of
June 6, 2013

Princely thoughts

In 1513, Florentine humanist Niccolò Machiavelli, from his place of exile in Sant’Andrea in Percussina (near San Casciano), announced that he had penned a new treatise. He was talking about De Principatibus, which is now universally referred to as The Prince. Today, along with Carlo Collodi’

Letters from the editors

Dear readers and friends,   As many of you may already know, I will be on maternity leave as of this issue. Unfortunately, my leave from The Florentine will not be temporary, as I will also be leaving Florence for Milan to be closer to my husband’s family (for many of the reasons mentioned in […]
December 10, 2009

‘Invisible’ workers protest

The Italian government has announced plans to hit unrepresented self-employed professionals with another 2.2% increase on their already staggeringly high national insurance contributions. If the proposal is passed next year, it will effectively force many of these freelancers out of work. ACTA (Associazione Consulenti Terziario Avanzato), an association