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.
February 16, 2017

Best events in Florence, February 16–22, 2017

LITERARY/Firenze Libro Aperto February 17-19 Spadolini Pavilion at Fortezza da Basso, viale Filippo Strozzi, Florence The city writes a new chapter with the first edition of Firenze Libro Aperto, a new festival dedicated to the publishing world and its protagonists. More than 100 publishing houses will gather in the Spadolini pavilion for three days of […]
February 9, 2017

Best events in Florence, February 9-15, 2017

WINE/Chianti Lovers 2017 February 12, 4–9pm Fortezza da Basso, viale Filippo Strozzi, Florence “Red, red wine” could be the key to Italian-style longevity—who are we to argue with that? Fortunately, in Tuscany we’re never in short supply of Sangiovese. Everyone from aspiring sommeliers to amateur sippers is invited to celebrate the region’s rich wine heritage […]
February 6, 2017

Streetsmart: via il Prato

I’m partial to via il Prato, having had my hair rescued by the team at Tommy’s (17r). It’s an unassuming and underpriced salon, and was seemingly the only place in town open on the Feast Day of the Immacolata, when I could no longer ignore how my then-long locks had moved from “whimsically unkempt” to […]
January 31, 2017

The anti-Anna Maria Luisa

“This desire to govern a woman—it lies very deep, and men and women must fight it together…But I do love you surely in a better way than he does {…} I want you to have your own thoughts even when I hold you in my arms.” —E.M. Forster, A Room with a View I came […]

Best events in Florence in February 2017

CULTURE/Black History Month Florence Throughout February Various venues in Florence The second Black History Month Florence will build on themes addressed in its inaugural edition, expanding the simplistic, standard definition of “black history” to include perspectives outside the African-American experience. Through a wide-ranging program of 51 events, the initiative will celebrate all cultures of the […]
January 26, 2017

Best events in Florence, January 26–February 1

STYLE/Vintage Selection January 25-29, 10am-9pm Stazione Leopolda, viale Fratelli Rosselli 5, Florence Post-Pitti, the local fashion beat will continue to pick up with one of the liveliest major markets of the year, Vintage Selection. In line with the Pitti Dance Off theme coloring the trade shows, the 29th edition of this spacious vintage market’s theme […]
January 19, 2017

Best events in Florence, January 19–25

BIOGRAPHY/Famous but Forgotten January 25, 6pm The Medici Archive Project, via de’ Benci 10, Florence Eighteenth century painter Violante Siries Cerroti was well-known in her heyday, but is now hardly remembered, despite her technical mastery, prominent family and self-portrait hanging in the Uffizi. Advancing Women Artists Foundation researcher Poiret Masse and art restorer Elizabeth Wicks will […]
January 11, 2017

Florence in 2017: a preview

With 2016 in the Renaissance City’s rearview mirror, it’s time to take a look at what the year ahead will bring, from A to Z or rather, Aerosmith to Zeffirelli. As always, stay tuned to The Florentine in print and online as more details are announced about each of these year-defining events.   SANTA MARIA […]

Best events in Florence in late January 2017

TOPICAL/We Love Arabs January 19-21, 9pm Teatro Rifredi, via Vittorio Emanuele II 303, Florence   This provocative, satirical and laugh-packing dance performance has earned high praise from the likes of Le Monde and The Jerusalem Post. Created by choreographer Hillel Kogan of the Batsheva Dance Company in Tel Aviv, We Love Arabs takes a delicate […]
December 22, 2016

Best events in Florence, December 22–28

BALLET/The Nutcracker8.45pm, December 23Teatro della Pergola, via della Pergola 12/32, Florence In the mood for something merry? Spend a night with the Sugar Plum Fairy, the Mice King and company when the Ballet of Moscow performs holiday classic The Nutcracker. Tchaikovsky’s iconic score comes to life on stage with a cast of colorful, costumed characters. […]