Author: Mary Gray

Mary studied in Florence for a semester and shortly after graduation bought a one-way ticket back to Italy. After spending a year in Rome studying Italian and teaching English, she returned to Florence and now serves as The Florentine's events editor. When not writing, she keeps busy on an ultra-scientific mission to sample all the schiacciata and spritz in Tuscany. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @VeryMaryGray.
January 19, 2018

Rental Diaries, vol. 7

Real estate is said to have three rules: location, location, location. Rents rise in fashionable areas—this is, of course, amplified in Florence. And, rather inconveniently for cash-strapped city dwellers, leading experts (okay, mothers) love to cite this saying, manipulating its original meaning: Location is everything. Safety is paramount. Move across the ocean, sure, but by […]
January 18, 2018

Your Thursday forecast: best events in Florence

BREWS/Birraio dell’Anno January 19-21 Obihall, via Fabrizio de’ Andre/lungarno Aldo Moro 25 Italian breweries and 150 craft beers will be put to the test by a panel of 100 experts over three days of tastings and competitions. Birraio dell’Anno, now in its ninth edition, is an annual showcase of the burgeoning craft beer scene across […]
January 17, 2018

Streetsmart: viale Ariosto

A ghost road at first glance, viale Ludovico Ariosto is a thriving hub of life on the edge. (Of the historic center, that is). More like a long parking lot than a bona-fide boulevard—witness the tiny smattering of trees that apparently accounts for the viale designation—it’s a quiet borderland at the base of Porta San […]
January 10, 2018

Best events in Florence in late January 2018

MUSIC/Francesco Gabbani January 20, 9pm Nelson Mandela Forum, piazza Enrico Berlinguer 5 Just when his addictive Sanremo-winning tune “Occidentali’s Karma” has finally stopped dominating the airwaves, Carrara native Francesco Gabbani comes to town for another concert (with his dancing gorilla in tow, we hope). On the heels of his headlining gig at this summer’s Musart […]
January 8, 2018

Another side of Roberto Capucci in Palazzo Pitti

As the 93rd edition of menswear fair Pitti Immagine Uomo gets underway, a new Palazzo Pitti exhibition pays tribute to one of Italy’s master fashion designers, Rome-born Roberto Capucci. Opening on January 9, Dionysian Capucci: Sketches for the Theatre brings together 72 of the designer’s large format drawings in the Andito degli Angiolini. Visitors familiar […]
January 4, 2018

Your Thursday forecast: best events in Florence

ACROBATICS/ALIS Christmas Gala January 4-7 Obihall, via Fabrizio de’ Andre/lungarno Aldo Moro, Florence Begin the new year with a bang: the world’s acrobatic superstars are coming to Florence for ALIS Christmas Gala, a series of five circus-themed shows presented by Le Cirque World’s Top Performers. Inspired by the surreal and dreamlike qualities of 19th century […]
December 28, 2017

Your Thursday forecast: best events in Florence

LIGHTS/F-LIGHT: Firenze Light Festival Until January 7, 2018 Various venues in Florence Florence’s monuments and squares get an illuminated makeover for the holiday season with the return of F-LIGHT Firenze Light Festival. After sundown daily, Florence’s facades, bridges and basilicas—San Lorenzo, Santo Spirito, the Porcellino market and Palazzo Medici Riccardi, among others—become a canvas for […]
December 21, 2017

Your Thursday forecast: best events in Florence

LIGHTS / F-Light Festival Until January 7 Various venues in Florence Let there be light! The Tuscan capital twinkles all over during the festive season. Check out TF’s guide to the F-Light Festival, monument by monument, here.   MOVIE / Star Wars: The Last Jedi December 20-26 Cinema Odeon, piazza Strozzi, Florence Take a time-out from […]
December 20, 2017

Where to ring in 2018 in Florence and surrounding areas

Florence and Tuscany are all lit up for the height of the holiday season, with mulled wine still being sipped at the markets for a few more days. As busy as you may be between cups of cioccolata calda and church services, there’s certainly no shortage of Christmas-themed activities, parties, nativity scenes and sales to occupy your attention. More […]
December 14, 2017

Your Thursday forecast: best events in Florence

TRADITION/Open Day at the Giardino della Gherardesca 10am-4pm, December 17 Entry points: via G. Capponi 54, borgo Pinti 97, p.le Donatello 12, Florence  A popular, charitable pre-Christmas event in the sprawling Giardino della Gherardesca is the Open Day organized by the Four Seasons Hotel Firenze, now in its tenth edition. Last year an impressive 8,000 […]