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.
November 6, 2014

Sharon Oddson

When Sharon Oddson and I met for a chat on a cloudy fall morning, shortly after unlocking La Cucina del Garga, her family-owned restaurant not far from the heart of San Lorenzo, she offered me a cappuccino. But even after four decades in Florence, she handed it to me

Thanksgiving in Florence

For Americans in Florence, not acknowledging Thanksgiving can feel like cultural betrayal, yet finding a way to celebrate when daily obligations don’t slow down can prove challenging. Even the most seasoned expats may find themselves longing for the little things: their favorite aunt’s stuffing recipe, the


Photos by Lucio Patone / Sowire Photography Firenze   For Yan Blusseau and many of the faces of Finestra con vista, a movement that brought street art further into the limelight earlier this autumn, much of Florence’s beauty lies in its untapped potential. Blusseau, an art critic and a

Bringing Lorenzo Viani to life

Director Leonardo Palmerini is using a crowdfunding campaign to try to bring his latest film, Angiò, based on the work of Viareggio author Lorenzo Viani, to the screen.   Palmerini’s experimental film set in Viareggio adapts Viani’s 1928 book Angiò uomo d’acqua (

Revisiting the Valtiberina

An exhibition at Sansepolcro’s Museo Civico brings together works by two of the most prominent painters associated with the Tuscan Tiber valley. Rivisitazione: Burri incontra Piero della Francesca pairs post-World War II artist Alberto Burri with Arezzo’s most lauded painter, exploring their unexpected similarities, despite

Oil over?

Due in large part to severe weather and an abundance of fruit flies, olive oil producers throughout Tuscany are making bleak predictions for this year’s harvest.   Enrico Rabazzi, regional vice president of the Confederazione Italiana Agricoltori, explained that ‘crops have been completely decimated, and now it&

Viva Volterra!

Following a disastrous collapse at the start of 2014, Volterra’s Etruscan walls are now standing stronger than ever.   On the evening of January 31, as the town was hit with torrential rains and flooding, a 30-meter stretch of wall crumbled when the road beneath it collapsed.
October 2, 2014

Pintoricchio at the Pinacoteca

A current San Gimignano exhibition spotlights Umbrian painter Bernardino di Betto, known as Pintoricchio. Housed in the art gallery of the Palazzo Comunale, Pintoricchio: La Pala dell’Assunta di San Gimignano e gli Anni Senesi will be open until January 6, 2015.   Pintoricchio, born in Perugia, worked

A heart for heritage

Voting season is upon us—not for politicians, but for ‘places of the heart.’ Organized by FAI – Fondo Ambiente Italiano, the annual I Luoghi del Cuore campaign is currently underway. First launched a decade ago, I Luoghi del Cuore allows the public to pinpoint historic monuments,

Masters meet

Prato’s Palazzo Pretorio is currently hosting Capolavori che si incontrano (The Meeting of Masterpieces), comprising 86 artworks by a range of iconic Italian painters. Spanning the 15th to the 18th centuries, the works on display offer an overview of Venetian and Tuscan painting from that period. Tintoretto,