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.
September 11, 2014

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, […]

Florence, for better or worse

Early this past summer, the TF staff caught wind of one of the many studying-in-Italy-themed ‘listicles’ making the rounds on social media. This particular piece was called ‘39 Reasons Studying Abroad in Italy Ruins You For Life.’ The title may have been a

Lynch in Lucca

Step aside, Sundance: the tenth edition of the Lucca Film Festival is bringing one of Hollywood’s biggest names to Tuscany. David Lynch, the American director, screenwriter and producer behind Mulholland Drive, Eraserhead and Twin Peaks, will be the guest of honor at the event, which takes place September

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