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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    FOOD + WINE

    D612: caring about coffee

    Roasting high-quality beans with maximum transparency

    NEWS

    A Tusc-Mex home in Tuscany: Erin Quinlan Quiros

    How to create a habitat that represents your personality

    COMMUNITY

    Changing perspectives: Editor’s letter

    The election season is underway as Florentines gear up to vote for the city's next leaders in early June.

    COMMUNITY

    Amber Guinness: from country to coast

    The English cook/writer shares some Florence secrets ahead of the release of her second book, Italian Coastal

    FOOD + WINE

    The Michelangelo urban vineyard

    The Fittipaldi family replants their vineyard with a Duomo view.

    COMMUNITY

    Shaped by spring: Editor’s letter

    Spring brings a flurry of art shows, flower picking opportunities and creative possibilities.

    FOOD + WINE

    Florence’s central market turns 150

    The Mercato Centrale Storico is planning a line-up of events to celebrate its culinary and historical value.

    NEWS

    Sephora opens flagship store in via dei Calzaiuoli

    Highlights include make-up services and just-released beauty ranges.

    FOOD + WINE

    Mezè Wild Dining: sharing plates in a sleek locale

    All the flavours of the Mediterranean by candlelight

    FOOD + WINE

    Wanda Caffè: like grandma used to make it

    International and local flavours blend together in this cute new coffeeshop.

    FOOD + WINE

    Slitti: Chocolate tasting near the Duomo

    The chocolate emporium in the heart of Florence.

    THINGS TO DO

    An afternoon of soccer and family fun at Viola Park

    Cheering on Fiorentina Women and enjoying the club's new football training ground

    FOOD + WINE

    New restaurant openings in Spring 2024

    From burgers to pizzas and artisan food to go

    COMMUNITY

    Written in the stars: Editor’s letter

    Astronomy, astronomy and mushrooms are just a few of this month's odd editorial focus.

    COMMUNITY

    Talking about evolutionary astrology with Dennis Clark

    The evolutionary astrologer details her approach to birth chart readings and how she began in the profession.

    ART + CULTURE

    La Specola reopens in a rediscovery of the natural world

    Big animals, minerals from meteorites and Medici gems are among the captivating highlights.

    FOOD + WINE

    San Paolino Restaurant: contemporary Tuscan cooking with a tropical jungle vibe

    Playful risottos and sustainable food in a spectacular setting.

    FOOD + WINE

    Tuscany’s Chocolate Valley

    An indulgent tour of Tuscany's chocolatiers.

    ART + CULTURE

    Banca d’Italia: above and below the vaults

    From a striking staircase to original parquet floors and frescoed ceilings, Florence's Bank of Italy is a cultural treasure trove.

    COMMUNITY

    100 years of the University of Florence: Alessandra Petrucci

    100 years since its official recognition, Alessandra Petrucci reflects on the modern University.

    FOOD + WINE

    Hallasan: an elevated Korean barbecue experience

    The upmarket via Guelfa restaurant is one of only two places licensed to serve Kobe meat in central Florence.

    FOOD + WINE

    Forchettiere Awards 2024: The best restaurants in Florence and Tuscany

    Best Florentine street food won by a vegan panini eatery

    ART + CULTURE

    Orsanmichele reopens with an impressive new museum setup

    Major sculptures have been raised up on plinths for an impactful museum experience.

    COMMUNITY

    This is NOT Florence: Editor’s letter

    We explore the potential and discover the shortcomings of AI in our January issue.

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