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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    Nobody only loves masterpieces: Collezione Roberto Casamonti

    “Nobody only loves masterpieces,” art collector extraordinaire Roberto Casamonti once remarked, his words projected onto the whitewashed walls of the uplifting gallery that carries his name in piazza di Santa ...

    THINGS TO DO

    5 spa hotels in Florence

    There’s never been a better time to have a spa all to yourself. Here are five hotels with wellness facilities in central Florence.     Hotel Palazzo Castri 1874   ...

    COMMUNITY

    Ladies Adventures Florence: a women-only community

    Start the new year with an adventure or two. Lori Anne Lo Presti tells The Florentine about how she moved to Florence and founded the ever-more popular group Ladies Adventures ...

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    Mozart and Figaro in Vienna: a sumptuous new musical play by Hershey Felder

    Imagine two hours of operatic entertainment interspersed with humour in the comfort of your own home: that’s what Canadian creative genius Hershey Felder has achieved in his latest (and perhaps ...

    NEWS

    Foreseeing Florence in 2022 (in an unforeseeable world)

    Is the end of the pandemic too much to ask for in 2022? The WHO has gone on record stating that new-generation vaccines and healthcare equity (a mirage?) could put ...

    COMMUNITY

    Think psychedelic: Editor’s letter

    January has traditionally always been a time of starting anew and thinking about the future. As I type this month’s letter, flurries of snow are falling from the whitest of ...

    FOOD + WINE

    Restaurant openings in Florence: November 2021

    Christmas has come early as new restaurants open ahead of the holidays, other establishments do a doubling act and lovemark locales reopen.     UNIQUE / La Ménagère     ...

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    Lights, camera, Christmas: Editor’s letter

    In this indeterminate twilight zone of pandemic living, I was walking home one evening when realization suddenly dawned that the Christmas lights had been switched on. Bright, beautiful, joyful! Two ...

    ART + CULTURE

    A chat with Sarah Winman

    An instant Sunday Times bestseller with stellar reviews in the New York Times and the Guardian, Still Life is the one of the most spellbinding reads about Florence in recent ...

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    Books inspired by Tuscany for cool weather reading

    Writers have been busy in recent months, especially the literati yearning for Florence or all those shuttered in medieval palazzos during the darkest days of these pandemic times. This autumn, ...

    FOOD + WINE

    Wineries with restaurants to warm you up this autumn

    As the mercury heads south, our taste buds turn to Tuscan reds. Warming and generous, Sangiovese embraces like that favourite scarf around our shoulders. These wineries in Montalcino and Montepulciano ...

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    The Stellar: the sky’s the limit

    Devouring deconstructed “carbonara” in a space cocoon is not a daily occurrence, but then there’s something boundless about the ambitions at The Stellar, the restaurant, cocktail bar and events space ...

    COMMUNITY

    A thousand “grazie”: Editor’s letter

    Thank you must be one of the most frequently used words in the English language. That, and sorry. But is there a point when a phrase becomes so commonplace that ...

    ART + CULTURE

    Le Arti Orafe: where the next generation of jewellers are forged

    Chinking metal on metal and hissing naked flames form the soundtrack to lab time at the Oltrarno’s LAO – Le Arti Orafe jewellery-making school. Turn off bustling via dei Serragli ...

    FOOD + WINE

    Magic of Mimesi

    A month ago, I was close to throwing in the towel on the September issue. It’s not much of an excuse, but a bathtub was holding me captive at the ...

    COMMUNITY

    Breakfast with Debi Mazar and Gabriele Corcos

    For New York actor Debi Mazar (Goodfellas, Entourage, Younger), the dream of living in Italy was once something only imaginable on the big screen. Everything changed when she met Gabriele ...

    THINGS TO DO

    Florence’s Granaio dell’Abbondanza

      Once a grain store, then an army barracks and now a thriving co-working hub, conference centre, bar and restaurant, Florence’s Granaio dell’Abbondanza is abuzz with ideas and innovation managed ...

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    Recently opened fitness spaces in Florence

      Now that the summer fun is over, we’re all craving wellbeing and company to tackle the shorter days ahead. This autumn, inspiring women from the US, Turkey and the ...

    COMMUNITY

    The Jewish Community of Florence: from kindergarten to care home

        Freshly baked challah has been carefully wrapped in individual paper packages and arranged in a wicker basket by the entrance into the Jewish Community of Florence. While the ...

    FOOD + WINE

    Spoon Dinners return at Borgo San Jacopo

    You never forget your first Spoon Dinner. Or the most recent one.     All the guests at the Spoon night in June 2021       One torrid late ...

    NEWS

    Where Italy really won the Euros

    There’s something innately inspiring about Coverciano: the light breeze, rolling hills and silver-green countryside. This is the setting where Italy’s victorious Euro 2020 squad trained at every stage of the ...

    THINGS TO DO

    New hotel openings in Florence: September 2021

    After a sold-out August, Florence is embracing the end of the summer with a flurry of hotel openings destined to turn heads through daring design and playful concepts.      ...

    COMMUNITY

    Piece by piece: Editor’s letter

    The policy makers are coming to town. On September 17-18, G20’s agriculture ministers will meet in Florence. People, planet and prosperity are the three interconnected pillars of action as ministers ...

    ART + CULTURE

    Summer reading list about Italy

    Beach ball: check. Bikini: check. A good book: not yet. Here’s our pick of Italy-centric reads for the summer months ahead, wherever you plan to spend the dog days.   ...

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