Helen Farrell

    Helen Farrell is editor-in-chief of The Florentine, a role she has held since 2013. She is also a freelance contributor to Decanter and runs the magazine's translation and copywriting department.

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    Historic jeweller Cassetti opens watch service centre by the Ponte Vecchio

    Historic jeweller Cassetti has upped its customer service by opening a watch service centre by the Ponte Vecchio.

    FOOD + WINE

    Fluid Specialty Coffee & Sharing: the best way to start the day in the Sant’Ambrogio neighbourhood

    Coffee fiends will go wild for Fluid Specialty Coffee & Sharing in borgo La Croce, the innovative coffee shop from Le Piantagioni del Caffè

    ART + CULTURE

    San Gimignano: Antony Gormley’s Body Space Time at Galleria Continua

    Antony Gormley’s Body Space Time exhibition at theatre-turned-contemporary art space Galleria Continua is worth a day trip to San Gimignano.

    FOOD + WINE

    Top San Gimignano wineries to visit

    Often described as a red in white clothing, Vernaccia di San Gimignano is anything but a straightforward wine.

    THINGS TO DO

    In their shoes: The Rangoni sisters

    Valentina and Carolina Rangoni are the third generation of the Florence-based shoe company that was founded by their grandfather in 1934.

    COMMUNITY

    Sighing over Florence: Editor’s letter

    The summer is well and truly here as life gets fuller with events and things to do in and around Florence

    COMMUNITY

    Syracuse University in Florence receives a 10-million-dollar donation from a former alumnus

    Syracuse University in Florence has received a 10-million-dollar donation from former alumnus and “Mud Angel”, Daniel D’Aniello.

    COMMUNITY

    A coffee with Joshua Dick

    Joshua Dick relocated to Florence after selling his company Urnex, a market leader specialized in cleaning products for coffee machines.

    FOOD + WINE

    Accademia del Caffè Espresso La Marzocco

    The Accademia del Caffè Espresso from La Marzocco aims to further our knowledge about coffee in the hills of Florence.

    NEWS

    Earthquake risk in Florence: what to think and how to react

    Florence is currently experiencing an earthquake swarm. How should we react in light of the recent seismic activity in Tuscany?

    COMMUNITY

    Our piece of earth: Editor’s letter

    The May Issue is our Environment Issue, titled Our Piece of Earth, as we look at what, if any, lessons we’ve learned from the pandemic. 

    THINGS TO DO

    Garden With A View: a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow

    Garden with a View, off viale Michelangiolo, is an art park that's the life’s work of Alice Esclapon de Villeneuve.

    THINGS TO DO

    La SPA Helvetia & Bristol: soak in the history

    The history alone would make La SPA Helvetia & Bristol an exceptional wellness retreat in the historical heart of Florence, but the contemporary touches raise the experience to sublimity.

    THINGS TO DO

    Gallery Hotel Art reopens with Alan Gelati’s Light and Shadows photography show

    The newly reopened Gallery Hotel Art hosts photographer Alan Gelati’s My Lights & Shadows collection, which is being presented for the first time in Italy.

    FOOD + WINE

    Aqua di Venus Cuvée: A sparkling wine for the spring from Ruffino

    Ruffino is about to release a sparkling Tuscan wine in addition to the popular Aqua di Venus product line: Aqua di Venus Cuvée.

    FOOD + WINE

    Floressence: gin from Tuscany inspired by Caterina de’ Medici

    Tuscany’s thirst for gin continues with the latest bottle to hit the shelves: Floressence, a dry gin that's reminiscent of perfume.

    NEWS

    Palazzo Portinari Salviati opens in via del Corso

    Palazzo Portinari Salviati's blend of high-end residential apartments, vacation suites and fine dining opens on April 15.

    COMMUNITY

    Back to Florence, back to life: Editor’s letter

    Spring’s here, the sun’s out, and Florence’s friends from around the world are back in the piazzas as the city comes back to life.

    COMMUNITY

    On a “first date” with Mandy Ginsberg

    Former CEO of Match.com, Mandy Ginsberg, talks about moving to Florence and her business accomplishments, including how she championed women’s rights in the tech world.

    FOOD + WINE

    Tuscan wine previews in Florence

    Florence’s Tuscan wine previews, Chianti Lovers & Rosso Morellino and Chianti Classico Collection, returned on March 20, 21 and 22.

    FOOD + WINE

    Pitti Taste food fair returns after two years

    Florence’s foremost food festival, Pitti Taste, returns in a bigger format and with a change of venue from March 26 to 28.

    FOOD + WINE

    The first (and only) Italian Master of Wine: Gabriele Gorelli

    Gabriele Gorelli achieved the nigh-impossible dream of becoming a Master of Wine in February 2021, becoming the first and only Italian to hold the elusive title.

    FOOD + WINE

    Locale: like a night at the theatre

    Dinner at Locale is like a night at the theatre along a darkened backstreet between via Ghibellina and via dei Pandolfini.

    ART + CULTURE

    The Verdi Traviata: the latest musical film from Hershey Felder

    Hershey Felder's latest musical film, The Verdi Traviata, has been filmed in Venice, Florence and at Villa Verdi.

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