A week in Florence was a week in paradise.
The doom-mongers had predicted it would be far too hot and much too crowded.

Yes, it was hot, but pleasantly so, and of course there were crowds. But we planned our days like a military operation and managed to see pretty much everything on our wish list stress-free.

The surprise was finding an Anselm Kiefer exhibition at the Palazzo Strozzi, one of the few interior spaces large enough to house his work.

It’s not an exaggeration to rate Kiefer, internationally, as one of the great 20th and 21st century artists.

The Women Of Antiquity: 19th century dresses reveal their identities – Daphne, Nemesis and Hail Mary Ivory Tower.

The exhibition, ‘Fallen Angels‘ is really a journey reflecting the relationship between spirit and matter, memory and the present, and includes painting, sculpture, installations and photography. He is not an easy artist to comprehend as there are numerous references, images and quotations from ancient history to the Second World War – good and evil.

Fallen angels traverse the boundary between the spiritual and the material, the juxtaposition of the angels wings with those of airplanes suggest a double meaning


Of all its incredible monuments, squares, churches, as well as those that catch you by surprise, TheEye’s favourite and the place that makes her happiest is the Museum of San Marco and the delightful murals and paintings on the walls and in the cells of the monastery, painted by Fra Angelico. There is a touching observation to each one and it’s surprisingly not on every tourists’ beat, making it a calm place to walk around without crowds on your heels. Rumour has it that the reason there are duplicate paintings in many cells was to discourage monks from visiting their neighbours on the pretext of seeing what was painted on their walls since they possibly had the same ones in there own.
Who said the Friar wasn’t crafty?

Simplicity, charm,sensitivity and so many other reasons to love the work of Fra Angelico

Simplicity, charm,sensitivity and so many other reasons to love the work of Fra Angelico


We knew this was going to be arduous and we were lucky to be able to reserve a civilised time slot. We arrived at around 10 a.m. and at 10.30 picked up our tickets and joined the queue to enter the gallery. Once inside it was something of a marathon – you have to move in one direction to visit the galleries and it was unbearably stuffy and hot.

The Uffizi has breathtaking art, but it is four exhausting hours. Some might say that is ‘only scratching the surface!!!’

Not an artwork officially!!

The incredible ceilings are worth the crick in your neck

There was a traffic jam outside the galleries where the Botticelli paintings were hung but TheEye was determined to see them – rather like going to the Louvre and not seeing the Mona Lisa. And my goodness they were stunning. The portraits in particular.

Piero della Francesca – Probably the earliest and most famous portrait in the world: The Duke of Urbino and his wife

Walking down the corridor of the gallery was similar to navigating yourself along the aisle of a plane. Narrow with people moving slowly and stopping without warning.

But the art is worth it.


Each day in the same location where we caught our shuttle bus back to the cooler sanctuary of our hotel in Fiesole, these very professional musicians belted out great jazz to the delight of the crowds and made real money. The music was incredible.

Heavenly view from the terrace: breakfast never tasted so good!

A little light snack

The painted dome which you see from inside is spectacular.
Yet another wonder of Florence.

The very spectacular highly decorative ceiling of the Duomo

DAVID: Michelangelo’s magnificent masterpiece – and it doesn’t disappoint. Even the way the sling drapes around his shoulder is so natural. How lucky were we?

It’s necessary to walk around with your head bent backwards to get the full impact of this incredible dome, but the main wonder was how the craftsmen were able to do this. Being suspended upside down? How many survived?

Baptistery Doors

The doors are made up of bronze panels designed by Ghiberti depicting biblical scenes

There was so much to take on board in a few days that TheEye has selected a few highlights to share and looking forward to a speedy return to this wonderful city.

She wishes ‘hereye’ followers a great summer whereever you are.
May the sun shine and your gardens, terraces and give you a lot of pleasure.


  1. What a brilliant trip and the artwork brought tears to my eyes.

  2. Am sitting in Virginia. I feel like I have just returned from a super trip to Florence. Wonderful. Thank you X

  3. Your pictures are really wonderful, it all looks so exciting, I cant wait to go again.

  4. Just wonderful! Thank you. Xx

  5. I want to travel with you one day Jan. Your adventures are so scrumptious. Love K x

  6. carolyn goldhill June 27, 2024 at 7:01 am

    Really interesting to read- thank you! We were there 3 weeks ago and did exactly the same museums and of course, loved it. One tip: The Uffizi is open late on Tuesday evenings. We arrived at 7pm and had the place to ourselves- no queueing to get in and the bonus of a wonderful sunset from the top floor. And a night off from eating did us the world of good!

  7. Felicity Osborne June 27, 2024 at 6:35 am

    How wonderful to be reminded of some of the world’s greatest treasures – along with Florence’s yummy treats.

  8. Superb! Thank you for posting this marvel, and your wonderfully descriptive words describing your trip. I loved the Anselm Kiefer pictures, too.

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