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.
June 22, 2017

A guide to San Giovanni 2017 in Florence

Saint John the Baptist (San Giovanni Battista), symbolic protector and patron saint of Florence, is the reason you’ll see shops shutting earlier than usual on Saturday. June 24, his feast day, always features a mix of established rites and one-off events around Florence. Here are some of the highlights to look out for this weekend. MORNING MASS […]

Your Thursday forecast: best events in Florence

CONCERT/The enchanted piazza 8.30pm, June 28 Piazza Santa Croce, Florence Spend an evening in the glorious setting of piazza Santa Croce. As part of initiatives celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Fondazione CR Firenze, 500 musicians will take to the stage to perform together: the Opera di Firenze choir, the orchestras and choirs of the […]
June 21, 2017
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Estate al Bargello returns

One of the first signs of Florentine summer is here: Estate al Bargello, a series of open-air performances in the sculpture museum’s courtyard, has returned for its 2017 edition. Estate al Bargello is the umbrella title for 21 shows staged by the theatre group Compagnia Lombardi-Tiezzi, the Florence Dance Festival and the Orchestra da Camera Fiorentina. […]
June 19, 2017

Streetsmart: via Gioberti

A familiar Florentine refrain kept playing as we explored via Gioberti on our latest Streetsmart mission: “It’s not what it once was,” said many a shopkeeper. Chain stores notwithstanding, area business owners should keep their chins up for two reasons. First, they’re on the “other side” of Porta alla Croce in piazza Beccaria, and common […]
June 15, 2017

Your Thursday forecast: best events in Florence

SPIRITED/Festa della Cultura, San Giovanni Battista June 15-25 Various venues in Florence Pay homage to the patron saint of Florence, John the Baptist, by participating in this annual festival. With a “trinity” of themes—music, art, spirituality—this year’s edition will include a number of concerts, including the world premiere of Frederick Frahm’s “Agnus Dei,” performed by […]
June 13, 2017

Pitti Uomo 92 kicks off with SONICS performance

Pitti Uomo, the international menswear fair par excellence, begins today at the Fortezza da Basso, but most shows and parties are closed to the public. Last night, however, the public got in on all the pageantry with a performance by Italian acrobatic troupe SONICS in piazza Pitti. Titled “Meraviglia Water and Flames” and sponsored by the Centro […]
June 9, 2017

“Secret Florence” spreads

Menswear showcase Pitti Uomo 92 is just around the corner, and with it will come the inevitable flocks of fashion buyers, Pretty Young Things and tastemakers in cropped trousers. How best to highlight the city’s contemporary side to the haute set? The organizers of cultural festival Estate Fiorentina have a few ideas. With support from […]

Brit art at the Bardini

Works by British artist Glenn Brown have arrived in Florence for a dialogue with the Museo Bardini’s permanent collection.
June 8, 2017

Your Thursday forecast: best events in Florence

TRICKS/Effimero e Meraviglia 10pm, June 12 Piazza Pitti, Florence Tastemakers and buyers, fashion giants and victims are the talk of the town each June with the VIP menswear fair Pitti Uomo, now in its 92nd edition. In preparation for the twice-annual invasion of pretty people and paparazzi (June 13-16), the Centro di Firenze per la […]
June 7, 2017

Rental Diaries, vol. 2

Inspired in part by Kim Velsey’s “Renters” column for The New York Times, Rental Diaries is a new column from The Florentine dedicated to residents’ renting-related triumphs, house hunts, misadventures and more.  Sam is the son of a teacher and a writer—professions that people who land in Florence often have or hope for. His family’s was supposed to […]