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.
April 27, 2017
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Your Thursday forecast: best events in Florence

SIP/Florence Cocktail Week May 1-7 Various bars in Florence Cin cin! Celebrate masterful “mixology” during the second edition of Florence Cocktail Week, a series of events and drink specials put on by 16 different bars (a mix of historic cafes, buzzworthy new arrivals and hotel venues). The week will include workshops with top international bartenders (Hidetsugu […]
April 21, 2017
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Florence Cocktail Week returns with a splash

Mixology will take center stage from May 1 to 7: the second edition of Florence Cocktail Week—the first and only festival of its kind in Italy— will be served, straight up, in 16 Florentine bars. Building on the inaugural edition’s success, the week will showcase innovative drinks and bartenders in a mix of historic cafes (Gilli […]
April 20, 2017
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Your Thursday forecast: best events in Florence

CYCLE/Florence Bike Festival April 21-23 Cascine Park, Florence Cyclists from around Italy will come spinning into the Tuscan capital for the Florence Bike Festival—but the event isn’t just for seasoned experts. The Sunrise Bike Ride, held at 6am on April 22, will offer bikers of all levels a chance to witness Florence as it wakes […]
April 13, 2017
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Best events in Florence, April 13-19, 2017

For a more Easter-focused guide to the weekend, head here! TRADITION/Scoppio del Carro April 16, 10am Piazza del Duomo, Florence The beloved “Brindellone” returns to piazza del Duomo every year on Easter Sunday. Housed 364 days of the year in via il Prato, this cart filled with fireworks is paraded through the city streets, arriving […]
April 11, 2017
ART + CULTURE

Kid-friendly exhibitions in Florence this spring

Booking a family outing at the big Florentine museums starts with the best of intentions, but sometimes it ends with a temper tantrum before the “Birth of Venus”. Force-feeding a “fun educational experience” to little ones will almost always fall flat, but you can keep Florence museum fatigue at bay. This spring, several kid-friendly exhibitions are cropping up at less crowded […]
April 7, 2017
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Easter 2017 in Florence: what to do, where to worship

Shop windows are stacked high with chocolate eggs, colomba cakes are crowding supermarket shelves and spring is in full swing: it must be Easter in Florence! From the most somber moments of Holy Week to borderline-kooky local customs, here’s a roundup of all that’s happening around town. Buona Pasqua!   Holy Week religious services in English St. James Church […]
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The Returners

There are quite a lot of people on the planet who have entertained the thought of moving to Florence. Eavesdropping on enamored tourists’ conversations or reading a distinct subset of emails in The Florentine’s editors’ inboxes will confirm it. A 2016 census puts Florence’s resident population at 382,808, but such counts can never fully reflect […]
April 6, 2017
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Gucci to finance restoration of the Boboli Gardens

Cruise show to take place May 29 in the Palatine Gallery
April 5, 2017
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Best events in Florence, April 6-12, 2017

THEATRE/Godspell April 7-15 Methodist Church (April 7) and St. Mark’s English Church (all other shows), Florence Come and see Stephen Schwartz’s beloved musical brought to life by FESTA, Florence’s English language theatre group! With its colorful costumes and a cast made up of Florence community faces, Godspell is guaranteed fun for all ages. The show is an on-and-off-Broadway hit […]
March 30, 2017
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Best events in Florence in April 2017

TRADITION/Scoppio del Carro April 16, 10am Piazza del Duomo, Florence The beloved “Brindellone” returns to piazza del Duomo every year on Easter Sunday. Housed 364 days of the year in via il Prato, this cart filled with fireworks is paraded through the city streets, arriving in front of Santa Maria del Fiore at around 10am. […]