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.
January 30, 2014

View from the top

The Siena Cathedral will reopen its ‘Gate of Heaven’ itinerary beginning March 1, allowing visitors to explore nooks and corners of the church rarely visible to the public.  Offered for the first time last spring, this is a chance to ascend the church’s hidden spiral

Connecticut-Prato community

The University of New Haven recently welcomed a record 45 new undergraduate students to its Tuscany campus. UNH-Prato’s six-month program affords the students, ages 18 to 20, many opportunities for cultural immersion and exchange.   There are many American study-abroad programs throughout Tuscany, but the

Updates at the Uffizi

On February 15, just a few days shy of the 450th anniversary of Michelangelo Buonarroti’s death, the new displays in rooms 33 and 34 of the Uffizi Gallery were unveiled. Titled ‘Ancient Greek Portraits’ and ‘The Antique and the Garden of San Marco,’ the

Free words

A new initiative will allow foreigners attending Italian courses in Florence’s Quartiere 5 to receive free dictionaries.   The program is a collaboration among Federico Gianassi, president of the zone; the readers’ bookstore of Teatro della Pergola; and Florence councillor for education Cristina Giachi. One percent
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Top 5 Carnival celebrations in Tuscany

Does the winter weather have you dreaming about day trips from Florence? Brighten up your dreary February by celebrating Carnevale. Carnival festivities will take place all over Tuscany throughout February. For specific dates and program details, visit the individual websites listed below. Confused about all the commotion? Carnival is

Tough act to follow

The final portion of the ongoing Authenticity: Beloved Places: A 50-Year Journey in Florence and Its Surroundings exhibition series explores Florence's future through the lens of its past. Titled Firenze: Per il Futuro di Una Difficile Eredita, the exhibition was designed and organized by engineer, architect and architectural

Denouncing dirty oil

A short illustrated New York Times piece highlighting rampant adulteration and fraud in Italy’s olive oil industry recently went viral, sparking heated discussions on the matter. Since its publication on January 25, several corrections have been made to the article. The author and illustrator, Nicholas Blechman, originally

Art takes a dip

Observant Florence wanderers might have recently noticed a new street art series around town. The project? ‘L’arte Sa Nuotare,’ or ‘Art Knows how to Swim.’ The artist? A mysterious figure known only as ‘Blub,' who has yet to publicly reveal his or her
January 16, 2014

Virgin voyage

Filippo Lippi’s celebrated Madonna and Child painting is back at Palazzo Medici Riccardi after being on display at Palazzo Strozzi and the Louvre in Paris.   The painting formed part of an exhibition titled The Springtime of the Renaissance: Sculpture and the Arts in Florence, 1400-1460, which

WWII Italy through Hungarian eyes

The Alinari National Museum of Photography has just opened Robert Capa in Italia 1943–1944, a poignant exhibition of work by this Hungarian photojournalist renowned for his images of war. Capa had an extensive and prolific career, working in 23 countries and chronicling 5 major wars.  Though previous