Author: Mary Gray

Mary Gray is a freelance writer, reporter, and the former events editor of The Florentine. Her writing has appeared in The Washington Post, Forbes Travel Guide, Time Out and Dream of Italy, and she teaches travel writing and fashion media for university programs in Florence. Her M.A. is in Italian from Middlebury and her straniera stripes are from the school of life.
January 30, 2014

Connecticut-Prato community

The University of New Haven recently welcomed a record 45 new undergraduate students to its Tuscany campus. UNH-Prato’s six-month program affords the students, ages 18 to 20, many opportunities for cultural immersion and exchange.   There are many American study-abroad programs throughout Tuscany, but the

Free words

A new initiative will allow foreigners attending Italian courses in Florence’s Quartiere 5 to receive free dictionaries.   The program is a collaboration among Federico Gianassi, president of the zone; the readers’ bookstore of Teatro della Pergola; and Florence councillor for education Cristina Giachi. One percent
January 16, 2014

Virgin voyage

Filippo Lippi’s celebrated Madonna and Child painting is back at Palazzo Medici Riccardi after being on display at Palazzo Strozzi and the Louvre in Paris.   The painting formed part of an exhibition titled The Springtime of the Renaissance: Sculpture and the Arts in Florence, 1400-1460, which

WWII Italy through Hungarian eyes

The Alinari National Museum of Photography has just opened Robert Capa in Italia 1943-1944, a poignant exhibition of work by this Hungarian photojournalist renowned for his images of war. Capa had a prolific career, working in 23 countries and chronicling 5 major wars.