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 [email protected] and follow her on Instagram @helencfarrell.
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.        […]
June 30, 2021

Where to savour the summer in Florence

Florence sure knows how to do summer. It’s as intrinsic to the city character as knowing how to tie a scarf. Here’s our guide to Florence’s hottest hangouts this summer.        For lungarno lounging         Escape the summer heat and head for the lungarno. Il Molo (lungarno Colombo 27) serves […]

Your Florentine Summer: Editor’s Letter

What's on this summer in Florence
June 7, 2021

Summer looks: Florence’s independent fashion designers

If Italian PM Draghi’s road map is to be believed and this summer follows last year’s tendency, over the next month we’ll be returning to some semblance of normality. It also means we’ll be needing the right wardrobe to revive our social life while supporting Florence’s independent fashion scene. Here are a few looks for […]
May 31, 2021

The Earth Laughs in Flowers

It was Christmas Day of 1832 when Bostonian clergyman Ralph Waldo Emerson, aged 29, set sail to Europe. He toured the continent, spending six months in Rome, Florence and Venice, before heading for Switzerland and Paris, where a visit to the Jardin des Plantes is said to have changed his life. From that moment on, […]
May 26, 2021
1966 Florence FloodFOOD + WINE

Osteria Torre a Cona: Tuscan cooking with a daring twist

It’s a breezy day in the Florentine hills as we gather for our first press preview lunch since the pandemic rainbow of restrictions halted our culinary jaunts. Beaming across the cast-iron tables and chairs beneath established foliage around the eighteenth-century lemon house on the eponymous wine estate, Osteria Torre a Cona is the gastronomic destination […]
May 20, 2021

Work with The Florentine: Italian to English translators

Are you the best translator in Tuscany? We want to work with you!   The Florentine is currently accepting applications from Italian to English translators to join its expanding network of linguists.   The Florentine provides ongoing Italian-English translations for numerous prestigious institutions and businesses in Tuscany and beyond. Our team of native translators prides […]
May 13, 2021

Marisa Garreffa: Storytelling as an act of healing

“I’ll have herbal tea if there’s some going,” she chuckles, bundling with energy into The Florentine offices for an interview/chat/long overdue catch-up. “It’s been one hell of a morning.” Born in Perth, Australia, Marisa Garreffa’s ongoing projects reflect the eclectic approach she takes to her art and her firm commitment to the Florentine community. Right […]
May 5, 2021

At home with Christian and Florence Levett

Former investment manager, now full-time art collector Christian Levett and his wife Florence recently moved to the city. Their central Florence home is an inspiring gallery in its own right, hung with abstraction art by women artists, alongside classical busts and lovingly framed family photos. The Florentine spoke with Christian and Florence one grey afternoon, […]