Author: Mary Gray

Mary is Events & Associate Editor at The Florentine and Editor of TF supplement The Tuscan Times. She co-authored the 2017 edition of guidebook Time Out Florence and has contributed to Forbes Travel Guide. When not writing, she keeps busy on an ultra-scientific mission to sample all the schiacciata and spritz in Tuscany. Follow her on Instagram @VeryMaryGray.
August 1, 2018

Day-by-day ideas for August in Florence

First August in Florence? This is the month of shop closures and “chiuso per ferie” signs as most residents run for the beach. Outdoor cinema and cultural events are still around, and on the days when there’s not much on the radar, TF is here with some creative ideas. August 1 Join The Florentine and Ruffino […]
July 26, 2018

Your Thursday forecast: best events in Florence

UP AND AT ‘EM/Sunrise concert July 28, 4.45am Chiostro degli Uomini in the Innocenti Institute, Florence Concerts in piazza Santissima Annunziata continue this week as the MusArt Festival enters its second half. Headliners Jethro Tull and Francesco De’ Gregori have now “left the building”, but this weekend brings what’s sure to be a highlight: a sunrise […]
July 19, 2018

Your Thursday forecast: best events in Florence

DOWN-HOME/Florence Folks Festival July 25-28 Ex-Manifattura Tabacchi, via delle Cascine 33-35, Florence Which of Florence’s many summer music festivals will ultimately be the most memorable? The answer may be “blowin’ in the wind”, but the Florence Folks Festival has a good shot. The homespun event, now in its third edition, features four days of rootsy […]
July 16, 2018

The “fiaccherai” of Florence

"Fiaccherai" and animal rights activists saddle up for summer debates
July 12, 2018

Your Thursday forecast: best events in Florence

ITINERANT/mArgine Teatro July 14-15, 7pm Starting point: piazza dell’Isolotto, Florence Artistic collective inQuanto teatro has teamed up with the ballerinas and hip-hoppers of the LUV Dance Movement to create an inspired new format for a performance: audience members will pedal through the Quartiere 4 side streets and the Cascine Park on their bikes, while theatre […]
July 5, 2018

Your Thursday forecast: best events in Florence

2018 IBCPC Participatory Dragon Boat Festival – July 6-8 Info here.   DEBUT/African Diaspora Cinema Festival July 5-8 Villa Romana, via Senese 68, Florence With its new status as a full cultural association, Black History Month Florence extends its scope beyond its February initiatives, beginning by co-promoting the inaugural edition of the African Diaspora Cinema […]
July 2, 2018

Rental diaries, vol. 13

You might remember a scene in Annie Hall that takes place after the titular character and Alvy Singer have parted ways. Alvy receives a frantic 3am phone call, rushing across the city for Annie’s purported emergency. He is incredulous to learn it’s just a spider in the bathroom.   Annie and the women of 1977 […]
June 28, 2018

Best events in Florence in summer 2018

ARCHITECTURE/Nel Chiostro delle Geometrie Until September 28 Santa Verdiana complex, piazza Ghiberti 27, Florence Ph. A. Bianciardi The drama and dynamism of architecture are the central themes of Nel Chiostro delle Geometrie, an interdisciplinary series of lectures, site-specific installations, concerts and more, organized by Teatro Studio Krypton with DIDA, the architecture department at the University […]
June 27, 2018

The pink ladies

Large-scale sporting event organized by Firenze in Rosa onlus

Dancing days are here again

  Keith Ferrone, co-artistic director of the long-running Florence Dance Festival, sounds like a giddy teenager when he speaks about this year’s month-long edition. Such ebullience from a festival veteran is never a given: steady enthusiasm and a sense of childlike wonder are arguably what have propelled Florence Dance Festival forward through the years.   […]