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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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    ART + CULTURE

    San Niccolò: restoring San Nicola di Bari in Gloria

    This month, the restored San Nicola di Bari in Gloria will be returned to the Church of San Niccolò.

    FOOD + WINE

    Wild Buns Bakery opens in Oltrarno

    Estonian Robert Marrandi makes Nordic buns all day long in his newly opened Oltrarno bakery.

    FOOD + WINE

    Badiani celebrates 90 years of gelato

    Established in Florence in 1932, the gelateria is storming the UK market with nine stores and more in the pipeline.

    NEWS

    Michelangelo’s David now basks in a new light

    The Renaissance masterpiece and the adjoining rooms at the Accademia Gallery all boast state-of-the-art, energy-saving lighting systems.

    ART + CULTURE

    Defining home with Frances Mayes

    Bestselling author Frances Mayes entertains us with anecdotes from her life in Cortona, and reading and writing tips ahead of the publication of her new book, A Place in the World.

    NEWS

    Mourning Queen Elizabeth II in Florence, Italy

    Florence is mourning Queen Elizabeth II through the sense of community we are fortunate to have in the city.

    FOOD + WINE

    Top wine charity event The Golden Vines comes to Florence

    Industry professionals and wine enthusiasts gather on October 14-17 to support charity galas and award ceremony

    COMMUNITY

    Knowing when to push: Editor’s letter

    September is always a busy month as temperatures finally start to dip and Florentines return home.

    FOOD + WINE

    For special occasions: La Loggia, Villa San Michele, A Belmond Hotel

    La Loggia, Villa San Michele's fine dining restaurant turns a gourmet experience into a moment of edification.

    ART + CULTURE

    San Lorenzo Basilica: Emanuele Giannelli’s Mr. Arbitrium

    Muscular and monolithic, Emanuele Giannelli’s "Mr. Arbitrium" will remain on show by the San Lorenzo Basilica until October 31.

    THINGS TO DO

    Exploring Montemurlo: Villa Pazzi al Parugiano and I Vivai al Parugiano

    Montemurlo goes international with a romantic country villa for weddings and an industrial chic boutique hotel.

    FOOD + WINE

    Chic Nonna di Vito Mollica: an elevated gourmet experience

    Expect fine dining and expert wine pairings at this gourmet restaurant in Beatrice Portinari's childhood palazzo.

    FOOD + WINE

    Giacomo al Salviatino: Florence views and the freshest fish

    Dining on the terrace offers sublime vistas and some of the finest fish in Florence.

    FOOD + WINE

    Premier kitchen company Officine Gullo opens events space in Florence

    Take a private tour of the masterpieces of Ognissanti Church before savouring dinner and drinks in the striking renovation of a 14th-century chapel.

    FOOD + WINE

    Castiglion del Bosco opens Florence Wine Lounge

    Taste past and current vintages from the renowned Montalcino winery in historic surroundings along lungarno Guicciardini

    COMMUNITY

    Vincenzo Lodato: a true renaissance creative

    Meet Vincenzo Lodato, a real renaissance man who works at several levels of creativity.

    FOOD + WINE

    Borgo Petriolo: the best thing since sliced bread

    Borgo Petriolo provides mill tours and bread making workshops as well as a farm shop and wholesome restaurant

    FOOD + WINE

    Talking gelato with Vetulio Bondi

    We are always in search of the best gelato, so we asked master gelatiere Vetulio Bondi what we should be looking for.

    COMMUNITY

    Love, spritz and gelato: Editor’s letter

    Summer in Florence is an intoxicating mix of sweat, fun and gelato as we spend nights on the riverbanks and sipping spritzes.

    THINGS TO DO

    Eleonora Gentile Luxury Hair Spa: a treat for your locks

    Expect affordable luxury and a refreshing experience at Eleonora Gentile Luxury Hair Spa in via della Pergola.

    FOOD + WINE

    The Student Hotel Firenze reopens renovated Rooftop Pool & Bar

    Cue the new signature cocktails from bar manager Palmira Bertuca and local tapas by chef Gianluca Esposito

    NEWS

    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.

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