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.
December 13, 2018
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Your Thursday forecast: best events in Florence

MUSICAL/West Side Story December 13-16, 18-22 Teatro del Maggio Musicale, piazza Vittorio Gui 1, Florence One hundred years after the birth of composer-conductor-musical giant Leonard Bernstein, revival shows and remembrance initiatives are taking place. Florence gets in on the fun with a week-plus of West Side Story, the classic musical inspired by Romeo and Juliet: […]
December 6, 2018
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Your Thursday forecast: best events in Florence

INDIA/River to River December 6-11 Cinema La Compagnia and various venues in Florence Ph. Majlend Bramo (from “Like sugar in milk”) Immerse yourself in India without setting foot outside Florence at the 18th edition of River to River, Italy’s only festival focused entirely on Indian cinema. Highlights will include the road comedy Karwaan from Akarsh […]
December 4, 2018
LIFESTYLE

Rental diaries, vol. 17

My first year and a half or so in Italy was spent grasping at any sort of anchoring point. For a brief period in this trial-by-fire, I bunked—“lived” would be pushing it—in a sterile shared apartment where an Ikea fruit bowl was the closest thing we had to décor. This bowl was perpetually empty, or […]
November 29, 2018
LIFESTYLE

Lights, Christmas, action!

“Gradually and then suddenly” was how Hemingway said one goes bankrupt. It’s also how something far more fun tends to take shape: city Christmas light displays. The first lights I noticed this year in Florence (on the edge of borgo Ognissanti, for the record), were likely not the first to be hung. You may suspect […]
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Best events in Florence in December 2018

Illustration by Nicola Giorgio INDIA/River to River December 6-11 Cinema La Compagnia and various venues in Florence Ph. Majlend Bramo (from “Like sugar in milk”) Immerse yourself in India without setting foot outside Florence at the 18th edition of River to River, Italy’s only festival focused entirely on Indian cinema. Highlights will include the road […]
November 22, 2018
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Your Thursday forecast: best events in Florence

LAILAC/Japanese Festival 11am-8pm, November 23-25 Ippodromo del Visarno, piazzale delle Cascine 29, Florence Ph. Fulvio Chiari Japanese cultural association Lailac takes to the Cascine for the 20th edition of the Festival Giapponese, a local event that’s been running, in organizers’ words, since “long before sushi landed in everyone’s mouths.” With more than 40 special guests […]
November 15, 2018
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Your Thursday forecast: best events in Florence

GOURMET/Biennale Enogastronomica November 16-19 Fortezza da Basso, viale Filippo Strozzi, Florence With its wide range of talks and tastings, let’s just say there will be plenty to chew on at the 2018 edition of Florence’s Biennale Enogastronomica (Food and Wine Biennale). Under the artistic direction of top-tier sommelier and journalist Leonardo Romanelli, the Biennale will […]
November 11, 2018
ART + CULTURE

Love is in the air at Santa Croce

Money can’t buy love, at least according to the Beatles, but perhaps Santa Croce fundraising campaigns can help. Opera di Santa Croce, the lay association that oversees the Basilica of Santa Croce complex, is in the final days of a fundraising campaign, In the Name of Michelangelo, which has so far raised 100,000 euro to fund […]
November 8, 2018
LIFESTYLE

Fostering animals in Florence: the fundamentals

Pet owners, present author not excluded, love to full-on gush about the joys that four-legged friends bring to our lives. While The Florentine’s print and online pet special is primarily a celebratory tribute to our community’s critters, we’d be remiss not to say that adopting an animal is a serious undertaking—one that requires considerable emotional, financial and, […]
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Your Thursday forecast: best events in Florence

DANCE/Shame 9pm, November 14 Teatro Puccini, via delle Cascine 41, Florence Just after Tuscany hosts its first-ever “Take Back the Night” event against sexual assault, and just ahead of the UN-declared International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (November 25), Teatro Puccini will host “Shame”, an eight-piece dance performance shedding light on gender-based […]