Author: Mary Gray

Mary is Events & Associate Editor at The Florentine and Editor of TF supplement The Tuscan Times. She co-authored the 2017 edition of guidebook Time Out Florence and has contributed to Forbes Travel Guide. When not writing, she keeps busy on an ultra-scientific mission to sample all the schiacciata and spritz in Tuscany. Follow her on Instagram @VeryMaryGray.
July 5, 2018

Your Thursday forecast: best events in Florence

2018 IBCPC Participatory Dragon Boat Festival – July 6-8 Info here.   DEBUT/African Diaspora Cinema Festival July 5-8 Villa Romana, via Senese 68, Florence With its new status as a full cultural association, Black History Month Florence extends its scope beyond its February initiatives, beginning by co-promoting the inaugural edition of the African Diaspora Cinema […]
July 2, 2018

Rental diaries, vol. 13

You might remember a scene in Annie Hall that takes place after the titular character and Alvy Singer have parted ways. Alvy receives a frantic 3am phone call, rushing across the city for Annie’s purported emergency. He is incredulous to learn it’s just a spider in the bathroom.   Annie and the women of 1977 […]
June 28, 2018

Best events in Florence in summer 2018

ARCHITECTURE/Nel Chiostro delle Geometrie Until September 28 Santa Verdiana complex, piazza Ghiberti 27, Florence Ph. A. Bianciardi The drama and dynamism of architecture are the central themes of Nel Chiostro delle Geometrie, an interdisciplinary series of lectures, site-specific installations, concerts and more, organized by Teatro Studio Krypton with DIDA, the architecture department at the University […]
June 27, 2018

The pink ladies

Large-scale sporting event organized by Firenze in Rosa onlus

Dancing days are here again

  Keith Ferrone, co-artistic director of the long-running Florence Dance Festival, sounds like a giddy teenager when he speaks about this year’s month-long edition. Such ebullience from a festival veteran is never a given: steady enthusiasm and a sense of childlike wonder are arguably what have propelled Florence Dance Festival forward through the years.   […]
June 21, 2018

Your Thursday forecast: best events in Florence

HOGWARTS/Quidditch World Cup June 27-July 2 Piazza Santa Croce and Cerreti sports complex, Florence “Muggles” still in mourning after never receiving their Hogwarts acceptance letters will have a second shot at experiencing a highlight of the Harry Potter world. Quidditch, a competitive game which the wizards and witches of Harry’s school played on broomsticks, is […]
June 14, 2018

Your Thursday forecast: best events in Florence

SPIRITUAL/Festa della Cultura, San Giovanni Battista June 18-24 Various venues in Florence Part sacred arts festival, part community celebration, the Festa della Cultura San Giovanni Battista pays homage to Florence’s patron saint John the Baptist, culminating with his feast day on June 24. Per tradition, the Church of Santi Apostoli is the festival’s spiritual center, […]
June 8, 2018

Rental Diaries, vol. 12

In an exercise of sound judgment, the powers-that-be here at The Florentine recently barred me from posting photographs I’ve taken on TF’s channels without first consulting him. I mean them. Okay, there’s just one power that be, at least when it comes to visuals. (His name is Marco, and his best ism’s are collected here.) Photography […]
June 7, 2018

Streetsmart: via Porta Rossa

Via Porta Rossa is a strange bridge between Florentine drags. Despite the signage pointing toward Florence’s main monuments, the street’s nondescript starting point from piazza Santa Trinita is oddly alley-like, undoubtedly the corner you’d duck into upon spotting someone you don’t want to see. (Am I wrong?) But what follows is a road rich in […]

Your Thursday forecast: best events in Florence

    MENSWEAR/Pitti Uomo June 12-15 Fortezza da Basso, viale Filippo Strozzi, Florence A past edition of Pitti Uomo / Ph. @marcobadiani World-famous menswear fair Pitti Uomo will enter its 94th edition this month, bringing a fresh crop of buyers, bloggers, models, designers, journalists and tastemakers to Florence. You’ll recognize the “Pitti people” by their […]