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.
May 9, 2018

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

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

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 […]

Best events in Florence in May 2018

MOVIES/Dragon Film Festival May 3-8 La Compagnia, Florence + Centro Pecci, Prato The Chinese world is the centerpiece of the fifth Dragon Film Festival, the grand finale of the Primavera Orientale film festival series. Conceived and directed by Riccardo Galli of the Florence Eurasia Association, the 2018 edition of the festival features 14 titles representing […]
April 26, 2018

Your Thursday forecast: best events in Florence

SHIFTS/#NuovoNovecento Ongoing; current exhibition until July 12 Museo Novecento, piazza Santa Maria Novella 10, Florence Outside that Santa Maria Novella stronghold, the former Leopoldine complex-turned-20th-century-museum, you may have noticed a colorful new installation of block letters announcing matter-of-factly what awaits you inside: “M U S E O.” But the reiteration isn’t just a reminder of […]
April 19, 2018

Your Thursday forecast: best events in Florence

BLOSSOM/Gardens, flower markets and more Throughout April and May Various venues in Florence Florence gets flowery with the reopening of the Iris Garden, a seasonal spectacle open April 25 to May 20 (access it from viale Michelangelo 82). Got a green thumb or just looking to up your garden game? Head to the customary spring […]
April 13, 2018

US absentee voting: Florence resources

UOCAVA voters urged to begin absentee voting process promptly
April 12, 2018

Your Thursday forecast: best events in Florence

LITERARY/Shakespeare Week April 16-20 British Institute, Harold Acton Library, lungarno Guicciardini 9, Florence A beloved British Institute tradition, Shakespeare Week is a celebration of the definitive English dramatist. The new edition’s theme is Measure for Measure, one of the Bard of Avon’s most complex comedies, particularly fit for discussion in the current climate, given its […]
April 9, 2018

Rental Diaries, vol. 10

From the period of November 2016 to April 2017 I was positively desperate and, as a result, insufferable. You will read that and perhaps link it to a certain orange-tinged election, but the primary culprit was the housing market in Florence. My search was all I could talk about (hence the creation of this column). […]
April 8, 2018

Spring 2018 activities in and around Florence

Spring in Florence has officially sprung: cue the mass migration to the lungarni for sunset strolls, to Boboli or the rose garden for picnics, to the bridges for gelato and picture-snapping and, finally, to the piazze for people-watching. When the novelty of warm weather wears off and the crowds start multiplying, here are some less-densely-packed destinations in and around Florence – […]