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.
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
May 8, 2014

Fabulous Florence!

Rapper Kanye West and TV personality Kim Kardashian will celebrate their nuptials in Florence on Saturday, May 24.    Prior reports had indicated that the power duo would be tying the knot in France, but it has since been confirmed that the couple will have a pre-wedding dinner

Navigating neighborhood heritage

The artistic careers of the next major Florentine masters could be launched tomorrow in the San Frediano area! In collaboration with the Amici del Nidiaci, Patrizia Zingaretti, an Oltrarno artist with a studio in Piazza Tasso, will lead neighborhood children on a tour to some of the area’s

Private Mythologies

Take the trek outside Florence's center to Villa il Palmerino, a little slice of paradise where an eclectic exhibition is currently taking place. Private Mythologies puts the spotlight on two important, yet oft-overlooked expatriate painters of the twentieth century: Elisabeth Chaplin and Lola Costa. Chaplin was

Marbled magic

Like so many other transplanted artisans in Florence, Tess Blondel has cultivated her skills in one of the world capitals of craftsmanship. While living and working in Tuscany for more than 20 years, Blondel has carved out a niche for herself in a particularly fascinating artistic field: silk marbling.  

Contemporary crafts

Though Florence's artistic heritage is celebrated every day, the many contemporary creatives living and working in the city often slip under the radar. Pop Up Florence aims to change this: from May 9 through 11, the event will shine a light on the exciting, innovative developments in Florence's

Elevating artisans

From the lovingly crafted leatherwork in Florence’s Oltrarno to the intricate mosaics made in Pietrasanta, Tuscany’s artisan traditions are an irreplaceable element of the region’s character. A current Kickstarter campaign created by international businesswoman Belinda Hall offers a unique chance to contribute to the

Finding ‘Made in Italy’

Artour Italia ( is a new online guide to the artisans behind some of Italy’s most carefully crafted handmade goods, their creative processes, techniques, materials and distinctive styles. The website is currently only available in English.   Offering a variety of ‘Made in Italy’-


TF 's staff is happy to have a new claim to fame: we're on local blog Florence for Free's list of the top 10 Instagram users to follow in Florence!   In addition to our official account, @theflorentine, our in-house social media maven Alexandra

Lucca on loop

While people all over the planet eagerly await this year’s FIFA World Cup in Brazil, Tuscany residents will have an additional reason to look forward to 2014’s biggest sporting event. A FIFA TV spot that will play regularly throughout the matches includes a glimpse of Lucca&