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.
May 21, 2020

Florence’s heart beats again

We’ve been released and Florence is slowly reopening. But it’s problematic.
May 18, 2020

Salvatore Ferragamo on wine

The Florentine‘s Helen Farrell speaks with Salvatore Ferragamo, CEO of Il Borro Relais & Chateaux and organic winery in Tuscany, and Vittoria Ferragamo, head of special projects at Il Borro, about the estate’s organic wines, farm delivery project and adapting to the needs of a post-COVID market.         Helen Farrell: Could you […]
May 11, 2020

Converting to the cause

Modern Italian history teaches us that the country is at its finest when its collective back is to the wall.     When the European Economic Community was created in 1957, Italy seized the opportunity, despite largely still being an agricultural nation. “Everywhere … there were entrepreneurs, engineers, designers and skilled craftsmen ready to meet […]
May 10, 2020

Resilience in the wine world: Ruffino puts people first

Pontassieve-based American-owned wine company Ruffino has reacted to the Covid-19 emergency by putting people first.   Personal protective equipment was swiftly provided to employees and collaborators, teleworking introduced among office-based staff, and insurance policies stipulated for all workers in case of hospitalization caused by the virus.   “Most of our production is linked with the countryside. Here […]
May 4, 2020

Virtually Florence (or “Phase Two”)

“When will I be able to come back to Florence?” is the question I’ve been asked time and time again. Not knowing how to reply sums up the uncertainty with which we are all faced.
April 29, 2020

On “radical sabbatical” with David Bach

On the Friday before lockdown, I sat down for an hour or so with David Bach, one of America’s bestselling financial authors, who’s currently on a “radical sabbatical” with his family in Florence. We spoke about what brought him to our city, his successful career as a financial adviser to women and his upcoming publishing […]
April 16, 2020

Baby steps in a braver, different world

Everyone’s masked, standing more than two metres apart and patiently waiting their turn, but more than that there's a glimmer as lights are now back on in shops that have been closed for over five weeks.
April 15, 2020

Bookstores start to reopen in Florence

On April 14, early signs of hope of a new normality emerged as Florence’s bookshops began reopening their doors. The move comes as the Italian government decided to slacken ever so slightly the five-week-long lockdown by allowing certain businesses to operate again. The timber industry, children’s clothing and stationery stores are the retail companies legally […]
April 10, 2020

Letter from the editor: Healing not Broken

Healing not Broken, a special issue of The Florentine, features articles by our international community, plus ideas for the future from Tuscany’s leaders, interspersed with iconic photography of Florence.
March 17, 2020

Recipe: onion soup

Onions are my current obsession: I cry while cutting them, having tuned into the latest 6pm death toll, and my other half thinks I’m just preparing dinner.   One bone-chilling lunch at a time before lockdown, I caught up with a close friend at La Grotta Guelfa, the via Pellicceria watering hole with the curly […]