Author: Helen Farrell

Helen Farrell is editor-in-chief of The Florentine. She is also a freelance contributor to Decanter. Email her at [email protected] and follow her on Instagram @helencfarrell.
October 8, 2021

Florence’s Granaio dell’Abbondanza

  Once a grain store, then an army barracks and now a thriving co-working hub, conference centre, bar and restaurant, Florence’s Granaio dell’Abbondanza is abuzz with ideas and innovation managed by the Nana Bianca network.     The fort-like building perched on piazza di Cestello and lungarno Soderini was built in 1695 by architect Giovan […]

Recently opened fitness spaces in Florence

  Now that the summer fun is over, we’re all craving wellbeing and company to tackle the shorter days ahead. This autumn, inspiring women from the US, Turkey and the Far East have boldly opened fitness spaces in Florence that strike a balance between wholesomeness and community.          The22: inspiring a new lifestyle […]
October 7, 2021

The Jewish Community of Florence: from kindergarten to care home

    Freshly baked challah has been carefully wrapped in individual paper packages and arranged in a wicker basket by the entrance into the Jewish Community of Florence. While the copper dome of the Synagogue stands out on the city’s skyline, the community remains relatively little known locally and yet it offers a lifelong commitment […]
September 9, 2021

Spoon Dinners return at Borgo San Jacopo

You never forget your first Spoon Dinner. Or the most recent one.     All the guests at the Spoon night in June 2021       One torrid late June night, I got dressed up to the nines only to eagerly top my party frock with a chef’s jacket for a photo call as […]
September 6, 2021

Where Italy really won the Euros

There’s something innately inspiring about Coverciano: the light breeze, rolling hills and silver-green countryside. This is the setting where Italy’s victorious Euro 2020 squad trained at every stage of the tournament under the watchful eye of Roberto Mancini. Nestled beside the Florentine hills that lead up to Fiesole and Settignano, it would be fair to […]
September 2, 2021

New hotel openings in Florence: September 2021

After a sold-out August, Florence is embracing the end of the summer with a flurry of hotel openings destined to turn heads through daring design and playful concepts.        The elegant one (with a garden): Dimora Palanca       A discreet entrance and cicada chorus greet travellers to Dimora Palanca, which is […]
August 31, 2021

Piece by piece: Editor’s letter

The policy makers are coming to town. On September 17-18, G20’s agriculture ministers will meet in Florence. People, planet and prosperity are the three interconnected pillars of action as ministers from Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, France, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, the Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, the UK […]
August 5, 2021

Summer reading list about Italy

Beach ball: check. Bikini: check. A good book: not yet. Here’s our pick of Italy-centric reads for the summer months ahead, wherever you plan to spend the dog days.       SAVOUR / Still Life by Sarah Winman       Tuscany, 1944: As Allied troops advance and bombs fall around deserted villages, a […]
July 20, 2021

Beachwear designers from Florence

Depending on where you go this summer, wearing last year’s swimsuit might not cut the mustard as we discard our pandemic past. Here are a couple of Florentine beachwear designers to update your summer look locally.        Emanuela Biffoli zooms in on our inner determination with feminine looks of resilience. Pair a striped, […]

The “bagno” community

Maurizio is putting down his well-leafed copy of today’s La Nazione. He’s spotted us under our ombrellone and he’s determined to have a chat. I have nothing against some good old Tuscan chin wagging; it’s just that a conversation with the sun-worshipping retired electrician is destined to occupy much of the morning.        […]