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.
November 6, 2018

Rental diaries, vol. 16

On Facebook recently, an acquaintance put out one of those pseudo-“ask the audience” posts. You know the kind: ostensibly the person wants input, but really their mind is quite made up, so while waiting for the 14 bus, or for their pasta water to boil, they pose a question and hope a few of their […]
November 1, 2018

Best events in Florence in November 2018

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 […]
October 31, 2018

Shop dogs of Florence

Pups peeking out of bike baskets or strutting down sidewalks are found at every turn in Florence, but the Shop Dog is a specific, smile-boosting breed of canine found here in droves.
October 25, 2018

Your Thursday forecast: best events in Florence

LEONARDO/Codex Leicester October 29-January 20, 2019 Uffizi Galleries, piazzale degli Uffizi, Florence Microsoft founder Bill Gates is the not-too-shabby name behind the Uffizi’s next blockbuster exhibition, The Codex Leicester. Water, Nature’s Microscope, a highly anticipated show curated by Paolo Galluzzi, director of the Museo Galileo. Since 1994, Gates has owned the Codex, one of the […]
October 18, 2018

Your Thursday forecast: best events in Florence

LAUGHS/TSH Comedy Club: Matteo Lane October 24, 9.30pm The Student Hotel, viale Spartaco Lavagnini 70-72, Florence Splashy complex and community center The Student Hotel has a new series set to revive Florence’s standup comedy scene. The TSH Comedy Club’s inaugural event will feature Chicago-born, New York-based comedian Matteo Lane, a central figure on Comedy Central’s The Comedy […]
October 11, 2018

Your Thursday forecast: best events in Florence

EXPLORE/Open Week: Villa La Pietra October 15-20 Villa La Pietra, via Bolognese 120, Florence Open Week at Villa La Pietra is a rare chance to explore the grounds of NYU Florence’s sprawling campus, formerly the residence of British scholar and writer Sir Harold Acton and family. Free guided visits (with required reservations) will run throughout […]
October 7, 2018

Rental diaries, vol. 15

Sex and the City’s writing-by-the-window sage “couldn’t help but wonder” about a lot of things, rarely speaking in the cadence of certainty. One of the exceptions was her oft-quoted proclamation that New Yorkers are “always looking for a job, a boyfriend, or an apartment.” If the shiny story arcs are to be believed, early-2000s Manhattanites […]
October 5, 2018

Fall 2018 food events in Florence

Around here there’s a saying—or rather, a general consensus—that the shoulder seasons no longer exist. But the crisp autumn breezes timidly moving through the city as this issue goes to bed have TF staff’s collective fingers crossed for a full-blown fall, the kind that can birth literary one-liners like “I’m so glad I live in […]
October 4, 2018

Performance [art] anxiety

In the aftermath of a Linkiesta article that detailed behind-the-curtain contractual issues for participating artists in Palazzo Strozzi’s blockbuster exhibition Marina Abramović. The Cleaner—a September 6 story that prompted Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi’s director Arturo Galansino to respond candidly in an Exibart exclusive the next day—a query posted in an online forum caught my colleague’s eye. […]

Best events in Florence in October 2018

AUDIO/Sonic Somatic October 5-7 Serre Torrigiani, via Gusciana 21, Florence After last year’s noteworthy Novoli-headquartered edition, sound-centered festival Sonic Somatic makes a comeback, this time touching down in Serre Torrigiani, the gasp-worthy greenhouse inside Florence’s definitive “secret garden” in via Gusciana. Exploring the interplay between space, body and sound, Sonic Somatic’s 2018 edition will spotlight […]