Helen Glave

Helen Glave lives in Florence and teaches English at the University of Siena.

Articles by the author


A bleak and hostile place

Living in Florence in summertime may not be easy but at least it's colourful and bright. A far cry, then, from the grim November setting of A Time of Mourning, Christobel Kent's latest novel, which opens on il giorno dei morti, the day of the dead, when Italians


Maggio Musicale

When Maggio Musicale chose ‘women' as its theme for the 71st season, opening April 26, the idea in mind was not the self-sacrificing consumptive heroines of classical Italian opera. Think of a much feistier sort of female: donne contro, women who go against the grain. Carmen, Joan of


An Interview with Giorgio Vannini

Open Fodor's selective travel guide to Florence at the shopping section and you will find an entry urging you to visit Giorgio Vannini's showroom and take home a custom-made dress or suit. But the award-winning stylist needs no advertising. A graduate of the famed Marangoni Institute


An interview with Carlo Arborio Mella

 Carlo Arborio Mella is one of the people behind the scenes at the Teatro Comunale of Florence.Originally from Turin, he has been part of the theatre since 1986. He is ...


An interview with Sarah Dunant

Sarah Dunant is an award-winning novelist, broadcaster, critic and patron of the Orange Prize, the prestigious literary award for female authors. She has written several thrillers, two of which are being adapted as films, and as creator of private investigator Hannah Wolfe was awarded the Crime Writers’ Association


An interview with Horace Gibson

Horace Gibson co-founded the International School of Florence, one of the oldest international schools in Europe. In recognition of his work, he received the European Council of International Schools Award for the Promotion of International Education. Now retired from the school’s board of directors, he still lives


Lords of discipline

Visitors to Florence might be forgiven for being unaware that the Cascine, the city’s green lung stretching westward along the Arno, is also home to a school of war. Shielded by an imposing wall and guarded by sentries, the Istituto di Scienze Militari Aeronautiche, as it is properly


Pink, the magic dragon

If you happen to be near the River Arno and hear the rhythmic pounding of a drum, the chances are the Florence Dragon Ladies are out on the water. The ladies’ rowing team is currently training hard for the National Dragon Boat Championships to be held July 14 and


An interview with Contessa Sibilla della Gherardesca

It’s Pitti time again. For a brief period, Florence will rouse itself from its customary summer torpor to lay on a dazzling welcome for thousands of buyers and visitors who’ve come from all over the world to the legendary Florentine fashion event. Tension is mounting at