Italy is one of the world’s top art destinations – as you might expect from a country that gave the world some of its greatest art movements. The Roman Empire produced some of Europe’s most iconic architecture, while the Renaissance set a benchmark for what artists could achieve using paint and stone that has never been exceeded. The roll call of Italian artists is studded with luminaries: Michelangelo, Caravaggio, Botticelli, Donatello, Raphael, Titian, Leonardo da Vinci. Works by these great masters are displayed in museums, galleries, and public and religious buildings across the country. Indeed, some of Italy’s greatest masterpieces were painted directly onto the ceilings and walls of the churches and palaces that commissioned them.