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.
March 23, 2017

Best events in Florence, March 24–29, 2017

ART/A northern wind Throughout March Various venues in Florence Work by Markku Piri A new wind is blowing in from the north this season: three major exhibitions are making a splash. Markku Piri: Glass and Paintings will bring Finnish flair to Palazzo Medici Riccardi to celebrate 100 years of Finland’s independence. Launching this week (March 23) […]
March 16, 2017

Best events in Florence, March 16-22, 2017

CONFERENCE/Teaching Traditions: 20 Years of APICIUS Innovation  March 18, 9.30am-6.30pm FUA Florence University of the Arts, corso Tintori 21, Florence Hospitality institute Apicius celebrates a milestone birthday with a lustrous guest list this weekend. Top sommeliers, bakers, chefs, food bloggers, nutritionists and others will take part in Teaching Traditions: 20 Years of Apicius Innovation, an […]
March 9, 2017

Top picks for the tastiest weekend in Florence

Florence is busy preparing its palate for the city’s premier food and lifestyle fair, Taste, put on annually by Pitti Immagine. Hundreds of exhibitors from all over Italy will be on hand at the Stazione Leopolda, showcasing their products to press, industry insiders and the public—in a word, crowds. Less frenetic, but no less fun are […]

Best events in Florence, March 9-15, 2017

SPOTLIGHT/Plautilla Nelli Until June 4 Galleria delle Statue e delle Pitture degli Uffizi, Florence As our cover story in this print edition indicates, Plautilla Nelli is a rarely-uttered name that’s about to become a lot more mainstream in Florence and far beyond. This self-taught suore was the first known woman artist of Renaissance Florence—her career […]
March 7, 2017

Streetsmart: Borgo San Frediano

Via Pisana’s geographic predecessor is big on history and short on snootiness. The pre-porta walk could keep a dedicated window shopper wandering for hours. Critics call it increasingly Brooklyn-ized, but borgo San Frediano is the type of Florentine street where international intrigue and neighborhood institutions peacefully meet. Keep its soul alive by stopping in at […]
March 6, 2017

Celebrate Festa della Donna 2017 in Florence

International Women’s Day (Festa della Donna) is just around the corner, and per tradition, yellow mimosa flowers are brightening up florist windows and supermarket shelves. From dinners to dance shows to days at the museum, we’ve rounded up some of the Renaissance city’s finest offerings on March 8.   CELEBRATE ART by WOMEN  The Uffizi Gallery […]
March 2, 2017

Feeding frenzy

Prologue When I was growing up in Mississippi, my mother hated how I would always tell people we lived “behind Shoney’s”. It was plain fact that the Nashville-based franchise, complete with mega-buffet and a baseball-capped bear mascot, was the simplest identifier for the highway exit for our home on Pinecrest Drive. No matter that my […]
March 1, 2017

Best events in Florence in March 2017

FOOD/Taste 12 March 11-13 (Fuori di Taste: March 8-13) Stazione Leopolda + various venues in Florence March means the return of the Renaissance city’s premier food and lifestyle salon—Taste, put on by Pitti Immagine. Now in its twelfth edition, this year Taste is getting a healthy, vitamin-packed twist: #GetFit is the theme, with exhibitors from […]
February 23, 2017

Best events in Florence, February 23–March 1, 2017

CINEMA/Balkan Florence Express February 23-26 Cinema La Compagnia, via Cavour 50r, Florence Broaden your cinematic horizons at the Balkan Florence Express film festival, organized by Oxfam and the Fondazione Sistema Toscana and showcasing 19 movies from Serbia, Slovenia, Bosnia, Croatia, Albania, Montenegro, Kosovo and beyond. The opener will be Dobra Žena (Good Wife), which chronicles […]
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 […]