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.
September 26, 2013

The brains behind L’Eroica

The world-famous vintage bike rally L’Eroica is held every year on the first Sunday in October on the dusty ‘white’ roads around Gaiole in Chianti. We interviewed the man who came up with the concept that continues to gather a local and international following—

Sara Amrhein, American jewelry designer and expat in Florence

  Take a stroll along via de’ Mezzo, in the Sant’Ambrogio neighbourhood of Florence, and you’ll come across a glass-fronted studio. Welcome to Sara Amrhein’s creative space and boutique, lovingly dotted with her artisan jewellery and artwork, bursting with colour and life.   Born on Long Island, New York, and raised in Southern California, Amrhein […]
September 12, 2013

The Latest on the World Cycling Championships

The bikes are about to come to town, and the City of Florence has released more information for residents and visitors during this world-calibre event. On Saturday, September 21, a dedicated information point will open in palazzo San Firenze, in piazza San Firenze, offering up-to-date details about

Getting things done

The Italian government recently passed a set of laws referred to as the ‘Decreto del fare’, in an attempt to simplify day-to-day life and free up resources to encourage the country’s growth and development. It is hoped that the new measures will lower bureaucratic

Emily Taranto-Kent

You know you’re about to meet somebody with creativity coursing through their veins when you encounter a dressmaker’s dummy perched on a pole and sporting a unique logo in a Florentine window space. Boston-born Emily Taranto-Kent has called Florence her home for the last
July 11, 2013

Top 10 summer food festivals in Tuscany

Eating outdoors and for bargain prices. Sounds like a dream? In the summer months throughout Tuscany it's the norm! Hop into the car and out of the city with our top ten summer sagre. 1.Festa del Mugello, ObiHall, Lungarno Aldo Moro, Florence. Until August 10. If those of

Paranormal Ponte Vecchio

Tourists and locals experienced a treat this lunchtime as a team of modern-day ghostbusters tested Florence's iconic bridge in search of supernatural stirrings. Two sightings of ghosts have been claimed on the Ponte Vecchio this August, hence why the National Ghost Uncover team chose to carry out their
June 6, 2013

Princely thoughts

In 1513, Florentine humanist Niccolò Machiavelli, from his place of exile in Sant’Andrea in Percussina (near San Casciano), announced that he had penned a new treatise. He was talking about De Principatibus, which is now universally referred to as The Prince. Today, along with Carlo Collodi’

Letters from the editors

Dear readers and friends,   As many of you may already know, I will be on maternity leave as of this issue. Unfortunately, my leave from The Florentine will not be temporary, as I will also be leaving Florence for Milan to be closer to my husband’s family (for many of the reasons mentioned in […]
December 10, 2009

‘Invisible’ workers protest

The Italian government has announced plans to hit unrepresented self-employed professionals with another 2.2% increase on their already staggeringly high national insurance contributions. If the proposal is passed next year, it will effectively force many of these freelancers out of work. ACTA (Associazione Consulenti Terziario Avanzato), an association