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.
March 8, 2018
events-articles

Your Thursday forecast: best events in Florence

GOURMET/Taste March 10-12 (Fuori di Taste, March 7-12) Stazione Leopolda, viale Fratelli Rosselli 5, Florence Gear up, gourmands: mega-food fair Taste returns to Florence for its 13th edition, “wilder” than ever with the new theme “Foraging”. The idea of contemporary hunting for ingredients and the use of wild plants in the kitchen will color everything […]
March 6, 2018
FOOD + WINE

Fuori di Taste: 2018 highlights under 25 euro

Florence’s 13th edition of food fair Pitti Immagine Taste is around the corner (March 10 to 12), and the town-wide table is set. A plethora of “Foraging”-themed tastings, talks and cooking shows are in the pipeline at the main fair, held at Stazione Leopolda, and spinoff events will bring the festival’s spirit to restaurants, bars, […]
March 2, 2018
FOOD + WINE

Breakfast in Tuscany

Anyone who’s seen Mean Girls knows that health classes in United States high schools, of which this author is a survivor, are taught by coaches and marked by a fear-mongering approach to wellness. Twin to the film’s famous line “Don’t have sex, ‘cause you will get pregnant and die” is “Don’t have a large dinner, […]
February 28, 2018
LIFESTYLE

Rental diaries, vol. 9

In Flannery O’Connor’s A Good Man is Hard to Find, a grandmother goes on a road trip. She wears her finest organdy garments so in case of an accident, “anyone seeing her dead on the highway would know at once that she was a lady.” We’re supposed to be put off by her superficiality. Deep […]
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Best events in Florence in March 2018

GOURMET/Taste March 10-12 (Fuori di Taste, March 7-12) Stazione Leopolda, viale Fratelli Rosselli 5, Florence Gear up, gourmands: mega-food fair Taste returns to Florence for its 13th edition, “wilder” than ever with the new theme “Foraging”. The idea of contemporary hunting for ingredients and the use of wild plants in the kitchen will color everything […]
February 22, 2018
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Your Thursday forecast: best events in Florence

POP/Levante February 26, 8.45pm Teatro Verdi, via Ghibellina 99, Florence Sicily-born singer-songwriter Levante is one of those pop stars who it’s impossible not to like, with her infectious tunes and crossover talents. (Her debut novel Se non ti vedo non esisti was published in 2017, shortly before her third album, Nel caos di stanze stupefacenti, […]
February 15, 2018
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Your Thursday forecast: best events in Florence

MATCH/The Pint of View Challenge February 21, 8pm Pint of View, borgo Tegolaio 17r The Florentine Wine Club is back with yet another delicious dinner—but this time, something out of the ordinary is “brewing”. Shake your ingrained notions of Sangiovese and standard Tuscan bites and picture a Korean spread from new Oltrarno venue Pint of […]
February 8, 2018
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Your Thursday forecast: best events in Florence

WINE/Chianti Lovers February 11, 4-9pm (general public hours) Fortezza da Basso, viale Filippo Strozzi 1, Florence Bottoms up: Chianti Lovers is back! The Consorzio Vino Chianti’s annual preview event of the previous year’s vintage will bring 100 wineries with 500 wines in tow to the Fortezza da Basso. In addition to spotlighting the 2017 production, […]
February 2, 2018
LIFESTYLE

Rental Diaries, vol. 8

If you rent in Florence but don’t expect to live your entire life in one palazzo, you will probably one day navigate the hurdles of early withdrawal from a housing contract.       One of these is pinning down a takeover tenant. The landlord, if amenable to your departure request, will delegate this task […]
January 31, 2018
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Best events in Florence in February 2018

POP/Levante February 26, 8.45pm Teatro Verdi, via Ghibellina 99, Florence Sicily-born singer-songwriter Levante is one of those pop stars who it’s impossible not to like, with her infectious tunes and crossover talents. (Her debut novel Se non ti vedo non esisti was published in 2017, shortly before her third album, Nel caos di stanze stupefacenti, […]