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.
September 11, 2014

Erwitt extended

After a successful run from April to August, the Elliott Erwitt/Icons exhibition at San Gimignano’s Raffaele De Grada Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art has been extended to November 2.   An American photographer born in Paris, Erwitt is famous for his tongue-in-cheek approach to

War on wine?

The Tuscan Region’s latest landscape development plan is causing  concern among Tuscany’s wine producers. The 3,000-page document details new limitations on production, citing research that indicates too many vineyards in a concentrated area can contribute to landslides, soil erosion and a lack of

Fluffy flash mob

A fluffy flash mob of enthusiastic TF readers enjoyed some old-fashioned slumber party fun in piazza del Duomo on Wednesday, September 24.   TF organized the first-ever #TFPillowFight in collaboration with boutique bedding store Piumini Danesi. Approximately 80 people spanning a range of ages and nationalities battled it

Internet ‘matters’ in Pisa

From October 9 through 12, Pisa, Tuscany’s incubator of tech start-ups and digital innovation, once again hosts the annual Internet Festival.    This year’s festival will host exhibitors, lectures, workshops and even concerts, all connected to ‘Matter,’ the conversation-starting theme for #

May-December in September

An unconventional 'May-December' couple is making headlines. The pair in question is 91-year-old widower Primo Vicini and his 37-year-old caretaker, Maia Rusishvili, originally from Georgia. Despite familial disapproval over their 54-year age difference, the two were set to wed in Lastra a Signa on

Siena meets Montessori

Tuscany’s first Montessori school has just opened its doors. The school, in Siena, is called the Casa dei Bambini after the original Montessori school in Rome.   Owned by Siena city council, the school enrolled 35 children between the ages of four and six. Teachers have all undergone


A violent and sudden hailstorm tore through Florence and surrounding areas on Friday afternoon, September 19, leaving significant destruction in its wake. Lasting about ten minutes locally, the storm began off the Tuscan coast early Friday morning, with increasing intensity as it wove its way east, striking Florence about 1pm.

Accademia awarded

Michelangelo’s David continues to dominate travelers’ bucket lists, and he may see a spike in visitors after his latest accolade: the Accademia Gallery was just named the top museum in Italy in Trip Advisor’s 2014 Travelers’ Choice Awards. Outranking the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, the Borghese Gallery and even the Vatican Museums, the Accademia also took international honors, […]
July 3, 2014

Costa Concordia to be cleared

Franco Gabrielli, the head of the Italian civil protection agency, recently announced that the wrecked Costa Concordia will be cleared away as soon as possible.   In the two years since the ship’s tragic accident, which claimed 32 lives, the sizeable wreckage has remained on Giglio Island. Gabrielli

Julia Roberts visits Florence

News broke yesterday that Julia Roberts is filming a new movie in Tuscany and has been spotted out and about in Florence. Florence’s latest and greatest celebrity-at-large also happens to be one of my favorite actresses (because I am quite original). I’ve been plotting