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.
June 7, 2018
LIFESTYLE

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 […]
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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 […]
May 31, 2018
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Best events in Florence in June 2018

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 […]
May 30, 2018
ART + CULTURE

The players

Massimiliano Petragallo, a longtime calciante for the Rossi (Reds) of Santa Maria Novella who first joined their ranks in 1995, swears he wouldn’t mind if his only son were to take up Florence’s most violent game—or most violent giochino, as it’s called colloquially among its players. “I’d be calm about it. Either way I’d have […]
May 24, 2018
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Your Thursday forecast: best events in Florence

FASHION/Italy in Hollywood May 25-March 10, 2019 Ferragamo Museum, piazza Santa Trinita 5r, Florence With its next exhibition, the Ferragamo Museum will take visitors on a “well-heeled” stroll down Hollywood Boulevard right here in Florence. Italy in Hollywood is inspired by the years that the shoe giant Salvatore Ferragamo spent in the United States—specifically, his […]
May 17, 2018
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Your Thursday forecast: best events in Florence

SPRING/Artigianato e Palazzo May 17-20 Giardino Corsini, via della Scala 115, Florence Ph. via AeP Artigianato e Palazzo is one of the “musts” of Florentine May. Roughly 100 Italian and international artisans and designers will be spread throughout the orangerie, the greenery-lined pathways, and the “Nuns’ Garden” of the spectacular Giardino Corsini, a private garden […]
May 10, 2018
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Your Thursday forecast: best events in Florence

PONTORMO/Miraculous Encounters: the Albardiere returns to Florence Ongoing until July 29 Sala delle Nicchie, Palazzo Pitti, Florence Pontormo’s Visitation, which will also be on display at the exhibition Just a few short weeks after the inauguration of the newly restored Capponi Chapel, the unassuming corner of Santa Felicita home to several Pontormo masterpieces, including his […]
May 9, 2018
LIFESTYLE

Rental Diaries, vol. 11

Tutto incluso. “All-inclusive.”   What a difference these two words make in a housing listing. Having the costs of water, gas, electricity—and in certain otherworldly apartments, WiFi—factored in to a flat’s monthly rate is usually a rich-landlord ruse. Still, it’s one many of us would happily tolerate. Costs as a tenant in a tutto incluso […]
May 6, 2018
LIFESTYLE

The maverick’s ministry

It’s Orthodox Easter Sunday and a small group has gathered for a celebratory meal in Florence’s Swiss-owned “English” cemetery. Julia Bolton Holloway, the space’s longtime resident tenant, holds up a hard-boiled egg dyed red, thumbing it thoughtfully. “Brunetto Latini, Dante’s teacher, said that nothing was so natural as a round object,” she muses. Her meditative […]
May 3, 2018
LIFESTYLE

Kid-friendly Florence

From tots to teens, Florence’s younger population gets a made-to-measure May weekend of activities with the return of Firenze dei Bambini from May 4 to 6.   “Ingenuity” is the central theme for this year’s edition, encouraging a spirit of curiosity and aiming to teach kids the power of recognizing their own unique talents. But […]