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.
April 19, 2018
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Your Thursday forecast: best events in Florence

BLOSSOM/Gardens, flower markets and more Throughout April and May Various venues in Florence Florence gets flowery with the reopening of the Iris Garden, a seasonal spectacle open April 25 to May 20 (access it from viale Michelangelo 82). Got a green thumb or just looking to up your garden game? Head to the customary spring […]
April 13, 2018
NEWS

US absentee voting: Florence resources

UOCAVA voters urged to begin absentee voting process promptly
April 12, 2018
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Your Thursday forecast: best events in Florence

LITERARY/Shakespeare Week April 16-20 British Institute, Harold Acton Library, lungarno Guicciardini 9, Florence A beloved British Institute tradition, Shakespeare Week is a celebration of the definitive English dramatist. The new edition’s theme is Measure for Measure, one of the Bard of Avon’s most complex comedies, particularly fit for discussion in the current climate, given its […]
April 9, 2018
LIFESTYLE

Rental Diaries, vol. 10

From the period of November 2016 to April 2017 I was positively desperate and, as a result, insufferable. You will read that and perhaps link it to a certain orange-tinged election, but the primary culprit was the housing market in Florence. My search was all I could talk about (hence the creation of this column). […]
April 8, 2018
LIFESTYLE

Spring 2018 activities in and around Florence

Spring in Florence has officially sprung: cue the mass migration to the lungarni for sunset strolls, to Boboli or the rose garden for picnics, to the bridges for gelato and picture-snapping and, finally, to the piazze for people-watching. When the novelty of warm weather wears off and the crowds start multiplying, here are some less-densely-packed destinations in and around Florence – […]
April 5, 2018
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Best events in Florence in April 2018

GROCERY/Esselunga “Supermostra” Until April 21 Stazione Leopolda, viale Fratelli Rosselli 5, Florence Supermarket chain Esselunga brings the kitsch this month with a new anniversary exhibition spanning all 60 years of its history, documenting the store’s evolution as well as shifts in Italian consumption, advertising and style. Complete with period-costumed clerks and a strawberry-shaped throne (alluding […]
March 29, 2018
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Your Thursday forecast: best events in Florence

THE MAIN EVENT/Easter in Florence! Explosion of the Cart on Easter / ph. @verymarygray for @theflorentine Besides the handful of highlights we’ve selected below, the top events over the next few days are mostly Easter-related; many locals will be escaping the city for the long holiday weekend. Staying in town (or nearby?) Don’t miss our complete guide […]
March 22, 2018
LIFESTYLE

Easter 2018 in Florence and around Tuscany

Although the icy temperatures wouldn’t have you believe it, it’s technically spring, which in Florence means the unofficial ushering-in of the tourist season, vaguely pagan-inspired pyrotechnics in piazza Duomo, that delightful dove-shaped cake known as the colomba and chocolate eggs galore. Translation: Easter weekend is around the corner! From the religious rites of the Christian […]
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Your Thursday forecast: best events in Florence

CINEMA/Florence Korea Film Fest March 22-30 La Compagnia, via Cavour 50r, Florence Sample a slice of South Korean culture at the 16th edition of Florence Korea Film Fest, which this year brings a whopping 40 feature-length and short films to town. Organized by Taegukgi – Toscana Korea Association, the showcase kicks off a series of […]
March 15, 2018
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Your Thursday forecast: best events in Florence

ITALY/Dawn of a Nation March 16-July 22 Palazzo Strozzi, piazza Strozzi, Florence Journey through the artistic twists and turns of the 20th century in Italy at Palazzo Strozzi’s forthcoming exhibition, which culls together 80 works from such renowned artists as Renato Guttuso, Lucio Fontana, Alberto Burri, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Enrico Castellani, Mario Merz, Mario Schifano, and […]