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.
December 4, 2014

World Press Photo winners

For the tenth consecutive year, the travelling World Press Photo exhibition makes a stop in Lucca. The church of San Cristoforo (via Fillungo) is the venue for the renowned photojournalism event, which closes December 14.   The exhibition features 143 works by 53 photographers from 25 different countries. Among the

Top names in Lucca

Goodbye yellow brick road and hello Lucca: British pop icon Elton John will headline the 2015 Lucca Summer Festival. His July 11 appearance is currently the only one he has scheduled for Italy in 2015.   Sir Elton will perform in piazza Napoleone, the site of most of the festival&
November 6, 2014

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.

Foodie Florence

Foodies in Florence have a full month ahead of them: from November 10 to 30, the Biennale Enogastronomica Fiorentina is taking place in restaurants, shops, piazzas and other venues throughout the city. Wine tastings, aperitivi, dinners, special markets and more are all on the menu.   Organised by Confesercenti Firenze

Calcio changes

New guidelines will soon be introduced to better regulate Florence's calcio storico when it returns. A committee of four—Luciano Artusi, Federico Bagattini, Eugenio Giani and Michele Pierguidi—worked on developing the new rules, which aim to keep violence at bay. For the

Lights on!

To mark its centennial anniversary, the Modern Art Gallery at the Pitti Palace is hosting Luci sul ‘900, dedicated to the space’s twentieth-century treasures.   Honing in on Italy’s modern masters, the exhibition features works by Gino Severini, a prominent Futurist, and Giorgio de

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 (