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.
April 3, 2014


Florence as we know it will soon shift shape. By January 2015, the entire territory of the province of Florence will be classified as the Florence metropolitan area. The Lower House just approved the proposed Del Rio bill, which will re-classify the following 9 provinces as metropolitan areas: Florence,

A Tuscan getaway

A getaway from the chaos of city life, a secluded spot for a romantic honeymoon, a destination for memorable summer vacations: those looking for a unique experience should set their sights on the architecturally exceptional Torre di Cala Galera, which stands tall on the Maremma coastline between the old village

Pop-up artists

Move over, Banksy: a distinctly Florentine form of street art has been developing over the past few years, and the genre has seen particular growth in recent months. From decoratively doctored street signs to innovative takes on iconic images, the current street-art scene adds contemporary color to the city. &

First flavour

If Barack and Michelle Obama ever decide to stop in San Gimignano, the presidential pair will have a tasty surprise in store. Anticipating a possible visit from the United States president and first lady, the local Gelateria Dondoli has created a custom flavour, aptly named ‘Michelle.’   In

A Wonder-ful concert

The Lucca Summer Festival will host one of music’s living legends: the inimitable Stevie Wonder. Wonder will perform in piazza Napoleone on July 20, his only Italian date for the season. The concert will include a selection of his most famous songs across multiple decades and stylistic periods. &

Fawning over Florence

Noted Florentine singer Riccardo Azzurri, accompanied by Aleandro Baldi, recently released a video homage to his hometown, titled ‘Firenze Madre’ (‘Mother Florence,’ technically, but we prefer the idea that the Italian title conveys—an affection for his native city and home).   The video is

Groundbreaking groupings

Researchers at the Foundation FiorGen-Cerm at the Polo Scientifico di Sesto Fiorentino have developed an algorithm that could have major implications for cancer treatment. The algorithm, named Kodama after a spirit in Japanese folklore, was developed by Claudio Luchinat, Leonardo Tenori and Stefano Cacciatore, whose work was recently recognized

Crucifix comeback

After undergoing restoration for almost four years, Benedetto da Maiano’s 15th century wooden crucifix has returned to the Duomo’s main altar. The project was carried out by the Opera di Santa Maria del Fiore all’Opificio delle Pietre Dure. Cardinal Giuseppe Betori, who originally called

Enthusiasm for Erasmus

Erasmus, the European student exchange program, was a hot topic in Palazzo Vecchio’s Salone dei Duecento yesterday. Florence's status as a study-abroad mecca made it an apt location for the official presentation of the new program Erasmus+. Minister for Education Stefania Giannini and Commissioner for Education
February 27, 2014

George Clooney for La Gioconda

Florence art advocates have welcomed a sentiment expressed by George Clooney, who recently commented that Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa ought to be returned to Italy. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the A-list actor and Italophile made the remarks during a recent visit to Milan, where he