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.
October 5, 2017

Your Thursday forecast: best events in Florence

MOVEMENT/Sonic Somatic October 5-8 Centro Commerciale Novoli, Florence Sonic Somatic returns to rock the suburbs this year with its first-ever edition outside the historic center, set to take place in the San Donato/Novoli area, particularly its standout shopping complex. This hybrid visual art-contemporary sound festival places the human body at the center of its performances […]
September 29, 2017

Rental Diaries, vol. 5

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.  Rent had been due a few days, but Amber and I had time to find a fourth roommate to help us pay it. This was Florence. […]

Streetsmart: via del Porcellana

Shabby and short, hardly pretty as porcelain, via del Porcellana appears a forgettable breakoff point from borgo Ognissanti—perhaps it’s a street you hurriedly haul your suitcase down when pressed to get to the station. But give it a chance without luggage or looming plans: there’s a good smattering of sostanza here that goes beyond that […]
September 27, 2017

Best events in Florence in October 2017

TECH/WIRED Next Fest September 30-October 1 Palazzo Vecchio, piazza della Signoria, Florence Dive into all things digital and new…in a very old venue! Dubbed a “luna park of innovation” by its organizers, WIRED Next Fest, put on by the technology publication of the same name, returns to Palazzo Vecchio for its second Florentine edition. Hundreds […]
September 21, 2017

Your Thursday forecast: best events in Florence

SOUNDS / Firenze Suona Contemporanea September 27-October 2 Various venues in Florence This visual arts and music festival is the brainchild of composer Andrea Cavallari, pushing more boundaries with each year that passes. The 2017 theme is Breath of statues, capitalizing on new collaborations with the Uffizi, Palazzo Strozzi and Prato’s Centro Pecci. Genoa-born, Los […]
September 20, 2017

Firenze RiVista returns

The Museo Novecento will play host to the third edition of Firenze RiVista, a festival celebrating locally published magazines and free presses, from September 22 to 24. Part of the still-going-strong Estate Fiorentina, the theme this round is “Ricerca,” with a number of initiatives aimed at highlighting Florence as a center of cultural vitality and exchange. This year’s participating […]
September 14, 2017

Your Thursday forecast: best events in Florence

FLO / The Florentine Day September 14, until 10pm Palazzo San Niccolò, via di San Niccolò 79, Florence By now you probably know all about it. The first #TFDay is on right now as you read this (unless you’re reading this before 9am, in which case, bravo/a). Missed your chance to sign up? Pop by and “fly […]
September 11, 2017

Streetsmart: via San Niccolò

For Lonely Planet and local press, borgo San Frediano is the drive du jour, but we’ve got via San Niccolò on the brain. The lifeblood of a district that’s simultaneously steeped in the Oltrarno and distinct from it, this street brims with the best of Florence: artisans, galleries, old homes, social hubs. It’s a pity […]

Llewelyn Lloyd at Villa Bardini

Given his Welsh-sounding name it might surprise you to learn that Llewelyn Lloyd was actually born in Livorno, in 1879. The son of a Welsh merchant, he became an orphan as a young boy, entering the care of an uncle who wished him to study commerce. Instead Llewelyn was drawn to Guglielmo Micheli’s art studio, where he […]
September 8, 2017

Village frenemies

Stick around San Niccolò long enough and you’ll pick up on a subtle rivalry between two of the area hangouts—one built more on affectionate teasing than real tension. Neither “Il Circolo” nor Il Rifrullo is in what the world would call a heyday anymore. But none of the loyal regulars at either spot seem to […]