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.
June 27, 2018
ART + CULTURE

Dancing days are here again

  Keith Ferrone, co-artistic director of the long-running Florence Dance Festival, sounds like a giddy teenager when he speaks about this year’s month-long edition. Such ebullience from a festival veteran is never a given: steady enthusiasm and a sense of childlike wonder are arguably what have propelled Florence Dance Festival forward through the years.   […]
June 21, 2018
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Your Thursday forecast: best events in Florence

HOGWARTS/Quidditch World Cup June 27-July 2 Piazza Santa Croce and Cerreti sports complex, Florence “Muggles” still in mourning after never receiving their Hogwarts acceptance letters will have a second shot at experiencing a highlight of the Harry Potter world. Quidditch, a competitive game which the wizards and witches of Harry’s school played on broomsticks, is […]
June 14, 2018
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Your Thursday forecast: best events in Florence

SPIRITUAL/Festa della Cultura, San Giovanni Battista June 18-24 Various venues in Florence Part sacred arts festival, part community celebration, the Festa della Cultura San Giovanni Battista pays homage to Florence’s patron saint John the Baptist, culminating with his feast day on June 24. Per tradition, the Church of Santi Apostoli is the festival’s spiritual center, […]
June 8, 2018
LIFESTYLE

Rental Diaries, vol. 12

In an exercise of sound judgment, the powers-that-be here at The Florentine recently barred me from posting photographs I’ve taken on TF’s channels without first consulting him. I mean them. Okay, there’s just one power that be, at least when it comes to visuals. (His name is Marco, and his best ism’s are collected here.) Photography […]
June 7, 2018
LIFESTYLE

Streetsmart: via Porta Rossa

Via Porta Rossa is a strange bridge between Florentine drags. Despite the signage pointing toward Florence’s main monuments, the street’s nondescript starting point from piazza Santa Trinita is oddly alley-like, undoubtedly the corner you’d duck into upon spotting someone you don’t want to see. (Am I wrong?) But what follows is a road rich in […]
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Your Thursday forecast: best events in Florence

    MENSWEAR/Pitti Uomo June 12-15 Fortezza da Basso, viale Filippo Strozzi, Florence A past edition of Pitti Uomo / Ph. @marcobadiani World-famous menswear fair Pitti Uomo will enter its 94th edition this month, bringing a fresh crop of buyers, bloggers, models, designers, journalists and tastemakers to Florence. You’ll recognize the “Pitti people” by their […]
May 31, 2018
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Best events in Florence in June 2018

HOGWARTS/Quidditch World Cup June 27-July 2 Piazza Santa Croce and Cerreti sports complex, Florence “Muggles” still in mourning after never receiving their Hogwarts acceptance letters will have a second shot at experiencing a highlight of the Harry Potter world. Quidditch, a competitive game which the wizards and witches of Harry’s school played on broomsticks, is […]
May 30, 2018
ART + CULTURE

The players

Massimiliano Petragallo, a longtime calciante for the Rossi (Reds) of Santa Maria Novella who first joined their ranks in 1995, swears he wouldn’t mind if his only son were to take up Florence’s most violent game—or most violent giochino, as it’s called colloquially among its players. “I’d be calm about it. Either way I’d have […]
May 24, 2018
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Your Thursday forecast: best events in Florence

FASHION/Italy in Hollywood May 25-March 10, 2019 Ferragamo Museum, piazza Santa Trinita 5r, Florence With its next exhibition, the Ferragamo Museum will take visitors on a “well-heeled” stroll down Hollywood Boulevard right here in Florence. Italy in Hollywood is inspired by the years that the shoe giant Salvatore Ferragamo spent in the United States—specifically, his […]
May 17, 2018
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Your Thursday forecast: best events in Florence

SPRING/Artigianato e Palazzo May 17-20 Giardino Corsini, via della Scala 115, Florence Ph. via AeP Artigianato e Palazzo is one of the “musts” of Florentine May. Roughly 100 Italian and international artisans and designers will be spread throughout the orangerie, the greenery-lined pathways, and the “Nuns’ Garden” of the spectacular Giardino Corsini, a private garden […]