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 Miro) on Instagram @VeryMaryGray.
June 16, 2019

Rental diaries, vol. 23

I had dinner last night with an old friend and onetime Florence housemate, someone who inspires envy quite easily: ritzy job in Rome, gorgeous wardrobe, adoring fidanzato. Even though we lived together briefly, she’s still the kind of person I imagine sleeps on a cloud, remembers to toss lavender sachets in the laundry, and keeps […]
May 29, 2019

Arrivederci from Mary Gray

I hope in my work for The Florentine you’ve seen yourselves and your concerns reflected, because...
May 28, 2019

Best events in Florence in June 2019

ROCK/Imagine Dragons June 2 Various venues in Florence         Following the November release of their fourth studio album Origins, American band Imagine Dragons are coming to Florence for the only European date on their tour, taking the stage at the colossal Visarno Arena, the Renaissance city’s rock hub par excellence. Music streaming […]
May 23, 2019

Your Thursday forecast: best events in Florence

CONTEMPORARY/Tony Cragg May 5-October 13 Boboli Gardens, piazza Pitti, Florence The Boboli Gardens’ quasi-rebranding as a summertime contemporary art park continues with a solo exhibition by the Britain-born, Germany-based artist and sculptor Tony Cragg. As the founder of nature-and-sculpture nursery Waldfrieden Sculpture Park in Wuppertal and a prominent member of the plastic arts genre, Cragg […]
May 21, 2019

Rental diaries, vol. 22

My mother calls something a “Rear Window experience” when it fails to live up to great expectations (“I’m excited to take you to this restaurant. Sure hope it’s not a Rear Window experience”). She’s never gotten over the time she force-fed my younger sister and me the Hitchcock classic—after much, much buildup—and our teenaged selves […]
May 13, 2019

Was Leonardo da Vinci a cat lover?

Gattaro—“cat man”—was not among the many titles Leonardo collected during his one (known) lifetime. Had he stuck around for nine of them, however, his affinity for felines might be better remembered.      Marina Alberghini thinks so, anyway. A Florentine writer who in 2009 received the city’s highest civilian honor, the Fiorino d’Oro, she’s an […]
April 30, 2019

Best events in Florence in May 2019

VINTAGE/Visarno Market Spring Edition 11am-9pm, May 4-5 Visarno Arena, viale del Visarno 14 (Cascine), Florence Soak up the spring weather and score some vintage and handmade finds at the May edition of the Visarno Market, an eclectic, expansive pop-up event formed by the strategic force-joining of separate organizations Gran Bazar / Mercato Urbano and WOM […]
April 24, 2019

Your Thursday forecast: best events in Florence

We’re publishing this usual Thursday events roundup a day in advance due to the Liberation Day holiday tomorrow. Enjoy! FLOWERS/Iris Garden April 25-May 20 Viale Michelangelo 82, Florence Ph. Giardino Iris Every Florentine spring brings with it a scramble to the city’s lushest green spots. Chief among these is the Iris Garden, not least for […]
April 18, 2019

Your Thursday forecast: best events in Florence

  LITERARY/L’Ora di Carta April 18, 7.30pm La Compagnia, via Cavour 50r, Florence Cinema La Compagnia is launching a new salon-like literary aperitivo series and The FLR. The Florentine Literary Review, TF’s bilingual Italian-English literary mag, is first in the lineup. Actress Emanuela Mascherini will read stories by emerging authors from the contemporary Tuscan literature scene while Opera Catering will provide […]
April 13, 2019

Carmela Batacchi

There is not much that can faze Carmela Batacchi. Certainly not the questions she’s posed in Vino al Vino, the wine shop she owns on borgo Ognissanti. Tipsy on Tuscany, a couple walks into the shop. “We’re looking for the wine with the sewing machine on it that we drank in Siena,” says a tall […]