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 Miro) on Instagram @VeryMaryGray.
April 18, 2019
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Your Thursday forecast: best events in Florence

  LITERARY/L’Ora di Carta April 18, 7.30pm La Compagnia, via Cavour 50r, Florence Cinema La Compagnia is launching a new salon-like literary aperitivo series and The FLR. The Florentine Literary Review, TF’s bilingual Italian-English literary mag, is first in the lineup. Actress Emanuela Mascherini will read stories by emerging authors from the contemporary Tuscan literature scene while Opera Catering will provide […]
April 13, 2019
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Carmela Batacchi

There is not much that can faze Carmela Batacchi. Certainly not the questions she’s posed in Vino al Vino, the wine shop she owns on borgo Ognissanti. Tipsy on Tuscany, a couple walks into the shop. “We’re looking for the wine with the sewing machine on it that we drank in Siena,” says a tall […]
April 11, 2019
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Your Thursday forecast: best events in Florence

CHARITY/FILE Florence Vintage Market April 13-14 Serre Torrigiani, via Gusciana 21, Florence Wardrobe could use a spring refresh? Rifle through the vintage-filled racks at Serre Torrigiani, where for the second time palliative care organization FILE will host an open-air market for a fine cause. (Last year, the market raised some 18,000 euro to support their […]
April 9, 2019
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Rental diaries, vol. 21

Hello, my name is Mary, and I’m not an alcoholic (I don’t think). But if I am one thing, I am categorically unable to keep wine glasses from shattering into tiny pieces on my rental apartment’s marble floors. It happens loudly, and often, and with impressively vigorous resolve on the part of the stemware. Strange, […]
April 4, 2019
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Best events in Florence in April 2019

EXHIBITION/Heroes – Bowie by Sukita Until June 28 Palazzo Medici Riccardi, via Cavour 1, Florence Ph. Mark Higashino 80-something Japanese photographer Masayoshi Sukita is best known for his long collaboration with the one and only “White Duke,” David Bowie.  Out of it came the distinctive cover portrait for Heroes, Bowie’s twelfth studio album, carrier of […]
March 28, 2019
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Your Thursday forecast: best events in Florence

THEATRE/Blue Man Group March 28-31 Mandela Forum, piazza Enrico Berlinguer 5, Florence They may have a goofy, Smurfs-esque look about them, but their 35 million audience members met in more than 20 countries over 25 years is nothing to scoff at. The Blue Man Group, a world-renowned performance art company, lands in Florence this week […]
March 21, 2019
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Your Thursday forecast: best events in Florence

QUEEN/ We Will Rock You March 22-24 Teatro Verdi, via Ghibellina 99, Florence Post-Oscars season is upon us and the Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, particularly Rami Malek’s Best Actor turn as Queen’s charismatic frontman, is still at the center of much of the movie-business buzz. But Mercury’s original magnetism was afforded more by stage […]
March 14, 2019
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Your Thursday forecast: best events in Florence

BESTSELLER/GIFTalks: Lisa Halliday March 20, 6.30pm Gonzaga in Florence, via La Pira 11/13, Florence In collaboration with TheFLR. The Florentine Literary Review, Gonzaga University in Florence is launching GIFTalks: Incontri con scrittori americani a Firenze, a new series of lectures from top international writing talent. First in the lineup is the Massachusetts-born, Milan-based Lisa Halliday, […]
March 7, 2019
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Rental diaries, vol. 20

Have you ever had “comeback sauce”? Originating in the American South, like your author, it’s a spicy catch-all (ketch-all?) condiment, a dubious blend of mayo, paprika, garlic and chili sauce, spooned onto bland salads or used to amp up fried pickles. It’s also the image—and taste—that springs to mind and tongue when, about once a […]
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Your Thursday forecast: best events in Florence

FOOD/Taste  March 9-11 Stazione Leopolda, viale Fratelli Rosselli 5, Florence Whet your appetite for what’s sure to be a palate-pleasing edition of Taste, Pitti Immagine’s annual fair celebrating Italian food, wine and all the finer things in life. You might say the 14th edition has a “grainy” focus—Planet Bread. It’s a democratizing staple with staying […]