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.
January 19, 2017

Best events in Florence, January 19–25

BIOGRAPHY/Famous but Forgotten January 25, 6pm The Medici Archive Project, via de’ Benci 10, Florence Eighteenth century painter Violante Siries Cerroti was well-known in her heyday, but is now hardly remembered, despite her technical mastery, prominent family and self-portrait hanging in the Uffizi. Advancing Women Artists Foundation researcher Poiret Masse and art restorer Elizabeth Wicks will […]
January 11, 2017
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Florence in 2017: a preview

With 2016 in the Renaissance City’s rearview mirror, it’s time to take a look at what the year ahead will bring, from A to Z or rather, Aerosmith to Zeffirelli. As always, stay tuned to The Florentine in print and online as more details are announced about each of these year-defining events.   SANTA MARIA […]

Best events in Florence in late January 2017

TOPICAL/We Love Arabs January 19-21, 9pm Teatro Rifredi, via Vittorio Emanuele II 303, Florence   This provocative, satirical and laugh-packing dance performance has earned high praise from the likes of Le Monde and The Jerusalem Post. Created by choreographer Hillel Kogan of the Batsheva Dance Company in Tel Aviv, We Love Arabs takes a delicate […]
December 22, 2016

Best events in Florence, December 22–28

BALLET/The Nutcracker8.45pm, December 23Teatro della Pergola, via della Pergola 12/32, Florence In the mood for something merry? Spend a night with the Sugar Plum Fairy, the Mice King and company when the Ballet of Moscow performs holiday classic The Nutcracker. Tchaikovsky’s iconic score comes to life on stage with a cast of colorful, costumed characters. […]
December 14, 2016

Best events in Florence, December 15–21

GARDEN/Open Day at the Four SeasonsDecember 18, 10am–4pmGiardino della GherardescaEntrances at via Gino Capponi 54, borgo Pinti 97 and piazzale Donatello 12, Florence Explore the lush Giardino della Gherardesca during the Four Seasons’ ninth Open Day. For the past eight years, the luxury hotel has donated Open Day proceeds to the Istituto degli Innocenti, but in […]
December 13, 2016

A new season for Museo Marino Marini

Initiatives set to increase museum's international visibility
December 7, 2016

Best events in Florence, December 8–14

CHARITY/AILO Christmas BazaarDecember 10, 3.30–7pm, and December 11, 10am–7pmConvitto della Calza, piazza della Calza 6, Florence Enjoy some spirited market shopping for (several) good causes: this weekend nonprofit organization American International League of Florence ONLUS hosts its annual Christmas Bazaar, one of the city’s longest-running charity Christmas markets. If you’re looking to up the festive factor […]
December 6, 2016

Pistoia announces 2017 initiatives

Urban regeneration projects, international conferences, exhibitions, festivals
December 5, 2016

New Year’s Eve 2016 in Florence

As the Christmas lights come on around the city, details for Florentine New Year’s Eve are trickling in. Among the first city-backed events announced was the main concert in piazzale Michelangelo, which will feature singer-songwriter and X Factor alum Marco Mengoni.  But Florence’s most famous overlook won’t hog all the fun.  Piazza(s) del Carmine, San Lorenzo and […]
December 2, 2016

A passage to India in Florence

Contemporary India is in the spotlight this week with the launch of River to River Florence Indian Film Festival, now in its 16th edition. Headquartered at the newly restored La Compagnia theatre (via Cavour 50r), the festival showcases the breadth and depth of India’s film industry, from independent documentaries to some of Bollywood’s biggest names.  […]