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.
January 14, 2020
FOOD + WINEHighlight

Nugolo: garden of goodness

I skimmed my trusty dictionary the weekend before checking out the latest culinary kid on the Sant’Ambrogio block. The name was nagging at me. What did nugolo mean?         Bunches of tomatoes dangle like cotton-wool clouds from the ceiling as excited diners cross the threshold into the garage turned garden-style restaurant along […]
January 7, 2020
NEWSSticky

2020: the year ahead in Florence

Florence is looking to the future, while focusing on the problems of the present with a multi-million euro package to clean up Santa Maria Novella station.
January 3, 2020
CULTURE

Read all about Florence

Winter threatens to be excessively long without a really good read. Here’s our pick of printed matter about Florence.   THE NOVEL ONE     Andrew Cotto’s Cucina Tipica: An Italian Adventure is the story of Jacoby Pines, a disheartened American who arrives in Italy on holiday and decides he never wants to leave. What […]
December 30, 2019
CULTURE

Six makers of Florence

We preface this piece with an apologia. Florence thrives with creativity and artisans are found all over the show; it would be impossible to mention everyone. Here are six international makers who have sparked our attention. (If you’re a “crafty” type, tell us what you’re up to: [email protected])       1/ Kathaline Page-Guth jeweller […]
December 18, 2019
events-articles

New Year’s Eve 2020 in Florence

If you’re in Florence this New Year’s Eve, it probably means you’re wondering where to have your fill of lentils, cotechino and culture. Here’s our guide to New Year’s Eve in Florence.            Official celebrations   The official New Year’s Eve celebrations will consist in 20 performances across 20 places in […]
LIFESTYLE

Giving back to Florence

Warm the cockles of your heart by doing something worthy this Christmas. Here are three Florentine charities in need of donations.         The name: Fondazione Meyer   The reason: Tuscany’s leading children’s hospital never rests on its laurels. Donations go towards improving a child’s time in hospital and accommodating families who need […]
FOOD + WINE

Dinner among friends: Cooking in Florence

    It was Friday night and the lights were low as we crossed the double-door threshold into the mellow L’Ideale – Cooking in Florence events space. On a previous visit a few days prior, chef Gianluca Somigli had beckoned me into his kitchen as he respectfully unpacked Muscovy ducks couriered from Scotland: “My near-blind […]
December 10, 2019
TRAVEL

Tuscany and Piedmont: lands of similarities

The golden hour tinges the sinuous vine-wrapped valley on the last night of two weeks travelling the myriad glories of Piedmont’s Langhe Monferrato Roero and Tuscany’s Valdichiana Senese and Val d’Orcia.   Fine dining and wining, ultimate wellness and outdoor activities surrounded by majestic scenery, these two regions (both UNESCO World Heritage sites) are the […]
December 4, 2019
FOOD + WINE

145 years of good grub: Florence’s central market

The cast iron and glass structure opened with an impressive horticultural show in May 1874 and has remained the core of the San Lorenzo neighbourhood for 145 years. Now, the ground floor of Florence’s central market is changing things up a gear.           “After 145 years, we decided to change the […]
November 22, 2019
LIFESTYLE

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

November 25 is the day dedicated to raising global awareness about females who are subjected to rape, domestic violence and other forms of trauma. The flag above the Palazzo Vecchio will be flown at half-mast as a mark of solidarity with victims of domestic violence and to condemn all acts of violence against women.    […]