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.
August 17, 2017
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Your Thursday forecast: best events in Florence

DESIGN/Helidon Xhixha Until October 29 Boboli Gardens, Palazzo Pitti, Florence Scorching temperatures and Helidon Xhixha’s In Scattered Order installations make this summer a prime time to visit the Boboli Gardens. Teaming up with art critic Diego Giolitti, Uffizi Gallery director Eike Schmidt has brought contemporary works by the Albanian artist to Florence’s “backyard”. Xhixha, winner […]
August 10, 2017
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Your Thursday forecast: best events in Florence

STARS/Festa di San Lorenzo August 10 Piazza San Lorenzo, Florence Buck the beach trend and stick around the city come mid-August—even if for no other reason than the Festa di San Lorenzo, one of the namesake neighborhood’s top traditions. Every year, residents and tourists mix and mingle for an evening that’s part dance party-DJ set, […]
August 3, 2017
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Your Thursday forecast: best events in Florence

MUSIC/Claire Chase and Anthony McGill August 4, 9pm Limonaia at Villa La Pietra, via Bolognese 120, Florence Venture up to Villa La Pietra (NYU Florence) for the closing event in interdisciplinary summer festival The Season. Claire Chase, flautist and director of the International Contemporary Ensemble, will perform classical music with Anthony McGill, principal clarinet in […]
July 27, 2017
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Your Thursday forecast: best events in Florence

MUSIC/Jazz Sett July 28-30 Casa del Popolo, via di S. Romano 1, Florence (Settignano)  The first edition of the Settignano Casa del Popolo music and food festival “Jazz Sett” comes to a close this weekend with three key events in the lineup. Rock and blues group Lady Jump Down performs their trademark soul-tinged, ’70s-inspired tunes […]
July 21, 2017
LIFESTYLE

FLOWER reopens in piazzale Michelangelo

Summer is beginning to blossom in piazzale Michelangelo: with a balustrade restoration recently behind it, the famous overlook is now set to reopen FLOWER (For Living On a Wonderful Ecological Resource), a seasonal outdoor venue introduced in August 2016.   Set to open on July 21 at 7.30pm, the bar-café area is run by popular downtown eatery amblé […]
July 20, 2017
ART + CULTURE

Zebra fever

Bill Homes stands out from the herd, so to speak. The good-natured Englishman, an architect, author and Professor Emeritus at South Bank University, now resides in Porretta Terme—not exactly a typical choice for Bel Paese retirees from afar. And it’s Pistoia—hardly a household name, despite its status as Italy’s 2017 Capital of Culture—that grips his […]
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Your Thursday forecast: best events in Florence

MONUMENTAL/MusArt Festival Until July 23 Piazza Santissima Annunziata, Florence Piazza Santissima Annunziata picks up the pace this summer with the second MusArt Festival, a multidimensional showcase of music, art, culture and gastronomy. Key names in the lineup are headliner Paolo Conte, giving his sole concert in Italy this summer (July 20) and Sanremo Music Festival winner […]
July 13, 2017
FOOD + WINE

Eyes on the breweries of Tuscany

Tuscany has a growing claim to fame. (Or to foam). Italian beer database MicroBirrifici puts the region’s craft brewery count at close to 110, and those are just the ones social media-savvy enough to get themselves listed. Below are three to keep an eye on.    #LUCCA BRùTON Brùton goes way back (at least in […]
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Your Thursday forecast: best events in Florence

AU FRANÇAIS/Bastille Day 8.30pm-midnight, July 14 Piazza Ognissanti, Florence Toast to liberté, égalité and fraternité in piazza Ognissanti at the annual Bastille Day bash. This year’s edition is dedicated to the memory of the 86 lives lost in the July 14, 2016 attack in Nice, honoring the values they died celebrating. The night will feature […]
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Streetsmart: via Lorenzo Bartolini

Lorenzo Bartolini was a Neoclassical sculptor who counted Napoleon Bonaparte among his patrons. You’d never know it from his namesake street in San Frediano—a dead-quiet, dusty drive, the kind of place anyone outside the neighborhood could never pinpoint on a map. It’s its own kind of “beaten track”—defined not by tourist traffic, but by shabby […]