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.
December 12, 2017
LIFESTYLE

The perpetual student: Danilo Venturi

Florence-based fashion institute Polimoda is frequently cited in style world-strongholds such as Women’s Wear Daily, recently came to a new agreement with the Council of Fashion Designers of America and regularly piques the interest of VIP visitors during the Pitti Immagine fairs. Its industry clout makes one thing clear: this is no small-scale, purely Florence-focused […]
December 7, 2017
events-articles

Your Thursday forecast: best events in Florence

LIGHTS/F-LIGHT: Firenze Light Festival December 8-January 7, 2018 Various venues in Florence Editorial update, Friday, December 8, 5.15pm: The Christmas tree lighting in piazza Duomo has been postponed until Sunday, December 10 due to adverse weather conditions.  Florence’s monuments and squares get an illuminated makeover for the holiday season with the return of F-LIGHT Firenze Light […]
December 5, 2017
LIFESTYLE

Streetsmart: via dei Serragli

Via dei Serragli has long figured into the Florentine lives of the authors of this piece. Last November we tackled its initial half for this column, showing up with some preconceived ideas about which spots we’d feature, and leaving laden with too many tempting options. We paved the way for a part two by cutting […]
December 1, 2017
ART + CULTURE

A step inside the Antico Setificio Fiorentino

The easiest mistake to make when first setting foot in the Antico Setificio Fiorentino, Florence’s only surviving silk mill, is equating it with a museum, or any place that exists primarily for visitors’ aesthetic enjoyment. It’s not a far jump, given that its towering looms and myriad apparatuses create the same sensory overload that Santa’s […]
November 30, 2017
events-articles

Best events in Florence in December 2017

LIGHTS/F-LIGHT: Firenze Light Festival December 8-January 7, 2018 Various venues in Florence Florence’s monuments and squares get an illuminated makeover for the holiday season with the return of F-LIGHT Firenze Light Festival. A festive, month-long series of video mapping, light installations and educational initiatives, F-LIGHT kicks off with the customary lighting of the Christmas tree […]
November 23, 2017
events-articles

Your Thursday forecast: best events in Florence

Need last-minute Thanksgiving tips for today/tonight? Our TF event has sold out, but you may find some other options here!   HOLIDAY / Weihnachtsmarkt November 29-December 21, 10am-10pm Piazza Santa Croce, Florence However you may feel about the holiday season, even cynics can hardly resist “cin cin”-ing and cavorting against the backdrop of piazza Santa Croce […]
November 19, 2017
FOOD + WINE

Where to celebrate Thanksgiving 2017 in Florence

Nailing down plans for Thanksgiving can get complicated without the vacation day(s) to take care of the turkey and the ’round-the-corner relatives to supply the side dishes. But plenty of restaurants or organizations in Florence recognize that the urge to mark the holiday can be at odds with the realities of time and resources. Book […]
November 16, 2017
events-articles

Your Thursday forecast: best events in Florence

SIP / Florence Wine Event November 18-19 Il Conventino, via Giano della Bella 20, Florence What’s in a name? In the case of this particular one, pretty much all you need to know. If wine and Florence are involved, we’ll be there. But some details for posterity: Florence Wine Event will toast to its tenth […]
November 9, 2017
events-articles

Your Thursday forecast: best events in Florence

COLLECTIVE / 11 Spaces November 12, 11am-9pm Numeroventi, via Pandolfini 20, Florence If you’ve yet to make your way to creative hub/”Tuscan think tank”/art residence Numeroventi, now is the time. Numeroventi’s headquarters—a 16th century palazzo with a beguiling mix of old-world finery and Scandinavian minimalism—shut its doors for the past ten days, locking in 14 […]
November 6, 2017
LIFESTYLE

Rental Diaries, vol. 6

Neighborly interactions have increased exponentially for me since I made the jump (down) from a third-floor walk-up to a ground floor apartment. This is thanks to a phenomenon I rarely experienced in my years upstairs: UFOs (Unidentified Falling Objects).   The only UFO yet to be scientifically explained is a hot pink shoelace that landed […]