Author: Mary Gray

Mary is Events & Associate Editor at The Florentine. She co-authored the 2017 edition of guidebook Time Out Florence and was recently named a Premio Famiglia Fiducia Fellow at Middlebury College's School in Italy, where she is a 2019 M.A. candidate in Italian Studies. Follow her (and her more photogenic Maltese-terrier mix Miró) on Instagram @VeryMaryGray.
February 14, 2019
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Your Thursday forecast: best events in Florence

Looking specifically for Valentine’s Day ideas? Head here.  SHIMMER/BRIGHT Festival February 21-23 Stazione Leopolda and The Student Hotel, Florence Illuminate your mind this month with the inaugural edition of BRIGHT Festival, a celebration of digital arts, lighting design, electronic music and all things diamond-level-shiny. An impressive bill of guests and master class teachers includes 3D […]
February 7, 2019
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Your Thursday forecast: best events in Florence

VINTAGE/Wine previews February 10 & 12 Fortezza da Basso & Stazione Leopolda, Florence   Cin cin to—’tis the season of wine previews! The Consorzio Vino Chianti’s splashy showcase Chianti Lovers (February 10, www.consorziovinochianti.it) brings together dozens of producers, filling in the Fortezza da Basso to spotlight the 2018 vintage along with DOCG wines already on […]
February 6, 2019
LIFESTYLE

Casey Kauffman and Alessandro Cassigoli

Filmmaker Alessandro Cassigoli is not all that prolific an Instagramer, by the looks of it. He hasn’t posted anything in close to two months, and has yet to reach the nice round number of 20 photos. But the documenting of everyday minutiae and logging of friends’ lives, well, he was doing that long before Gen-Z […]
January 31, 2019
LIFESTYLE

Rental diaries, vol. 19

Not to toot my own horn or anything, but in the sixth grade I almost nabbed first place at my school’s spelling bee. (Please hold your applause until the end, thanks.) Panicked by what such a prize might mean for my social standing, I purposely fumbled at the last second, omitting the “e” in “hearth”. […]
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Best events in Florence in February 2019

SHIMMER/BRIGHT Festival February 21-23 Stazione Leopolda and The Student Hotel, Florence Illuminate your mind this month with the inaugural edition of BRIGHT Festival, a celebration of digital arts, lighting design, electronic music and all things diamond-level-shiny. An impressive bill of guests and master class teachers includes 3D animation specialist Craig Caton-Largen, who’s worked on the […]
NEWS

Slowing down at Black History Month Florence 2019

A look at BHMF's bigger picture
January 24, 2019
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Your Thursday forecast: best events in Florence

MUSIC/Verone Jazz Throughout January and February Caffe’ del Verone, piazza Ss. Annunziata 13, Florence Jazz up your January at this evening concert-with-a-view, the last in this month’s lineup at Caffè del Verone, the rooftop bar at the Museo degli Innocenti. Italian jazz vocalist Michela Lombardi performs with pianist Piero Frassi tomorrow evening (January 25), but […]
January 17, 2019
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Your Thursday forecast: best events in Florence

HOPS/Brewer of the Year January 18-20 TuscanyHall (ex-Teatro Tenda at the Obihall), via Fabrizio de’ Andre/lungarno Aldo Moro, Florence The Fermento Birra network is behind Florence’s splashiest event for the craft beer-curious. Brewer of the Year (Birraio dell’Anno) is now in its 10th edition: part competition, part massive beer marketplace, the event spotlights exclusively Italian […]
ART + CULTURE

Aussies and Italy

D.H. Lawrence, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Henry James: rattling off the names of famous English-tongued Italophiles is easy for most Anglos who have themselves fallen under the country’s spell. Alan Moorehead, David Malouf and Germaine Greer don’t typically make the shortlist, but these esteemed Australians’ lives have been part of a developing Italy-Oz narrative, one worth […]
January 11, 2019
LIFESTYLE

Rental diaries, vol. 18

I grew up attending an Episcopal church in Mississippi, which felt a bit like swimming on the moon. Our priest once remarked in a sermon that if a Mississippian hears someone say she’s from New York City, he’ll respond along these lines: “Oh, I have a friend there. Do you know x?” The maddening and […]