Florence is one gargantuan art gallery. Brimming with priceless gems and rare masterpieces at every turn, it is an urban art museum unmatched. Be it ancient sculptures nonchalantly strewn on cobbled squares, marble saints tucked on church facades, frescoed ceilings in Renaissance palazzi (palaces), or priceless Giambolognas and Gaddis brilliantly arranged beneath a 14th-century loggia on Piazza della Signora for the world and his dog to admire (for free!), art is the soul of Florence. World-class museums and galleries abound – it’s impossible to see everything on one trip. But it’s worth taking your time to experience the small town on the banks of the muddy Arno River where the Italian Renaissance kicked off and flourished. Art has worked its magic in this city ever since.