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.
October 15, 2020

Draw strength from beauty

Draw strength from beauty.   On Tuesday, I stood, masked, on Ponte alla Carraia for 10 minutes between appointments and drank in all of Florence’s perpetual possibilities. Horace coined carpe diem back in 23 BC and now we seize today while doing our best to protect tomorrow. It’s tiring, we’re exhausted, I know. But standing […]
September 11, 2020

Rinascimento Firenze: 60 million euro for companies in Florence

Intesa Sanpaolo will provide the selected companies with up to 50 million euro in impact loans.
September 8, 2020

Covid-19 regulations in Italy: what’s new this September

Rules on face protection, physical distancing and the closure of nightclubs and stadiums remain in effect.
September 4, 2020

Behind the scenes: Hershey Felder’s George Gershwin Alone

Walking down the central aisle and up the burgundy red felt steps onto the historic boards of Florence’s oldest theatre, Teatro della Pergola, stirred surreal feelings in these dark times devoid of live indoor performances.   But Hershey Felder, Canada born to European parents and with a decidedly European heart, has developed an antidote, a […]
August 22, 2020

Women in Italy: the way forward post-pandemic

Covid-19 has rocked our world, and none more so than for working women around the world, especially in Italy.
July 30, 2020

Sense and sensibility: don’t let down your guard

A reminder of the Covid-19 rules in place in Florence and Tuscany.
July 27, 2020

Il Dek Prato: fish charcuterie and colourful characters

  I donned my “shark” mask to visit Prato. Hand-stitched from Pucci silk castoffs with a jagged azure on sky blue pattern, the RN reuse of fabrics seemed appropriate attire for lunch in the (more than) textiles town.         There’s another, more idiomatic reason why I went with the predatory fish theme. […]
July 7, 2020

A modern Florentine patroness: Maria Manetti Shrem

I first met Maria Manetti Shrem one overcast evening on the rooftop of Palazzo Gondi. The exchange was short but special. It was as though the clouds had opened and the sun shone as Maria joyfully exclaimed at the view of the Duomo with her trademark elan. Across the miles—Maria’s currently in California when she’s […]

Behind the scenes: Hershey Felder’s Beethoven

  The cicadas were keen to get in on the act as Hershey Felder and his Florentine crew filmed memory sequences for the upcoming Beethoven play at the pianist and performer’s Tuscan castle, which will be live streamed on Sunday, July 12.   No bigger than a paperclip, the herbivores (the cicadas, not the crew; […]
July 3, 2020

So Close So Good exhibition at Numeroventi

Creative community space Numeroventi is sparking a conversation between Florence and its communities after the Covid-19 lockdown with the collaborative new exhibition titled Past Florence Future – So Close So Good.           Situated in Palazzo Galli Tassi, along via de Pandolfini, the show involves Tuscan-based artists and designers, who address issues […]