The verandas, squares, churches and even the streets of Florence are dotted with the works of the great historical artists, but the best way to discover them is to visit the unique museums, the likes of which you’ll find nowhere else in the world, located in the city centre.
For example, the extraordinary collection of the Uffizi Galleries gives you the chance to be within touching distance of some of the most beloved masterpieces of all time, such as the Birth of Venus and Primavera by Botticelli, the Tondo Doni by Michelangelo or the Head of Medusa by Caravaggio.
The Palatine Gallery in Palazzo Pitti, which collects paintings from the "golden ages", is also worth a visit for the sumptuous frames and furnishings, never mind the artworks. The Bargello is another must-see, home to sculptures by Donatello, Luca della Robbia, Verrocchio, Michelangelo, Cellini, for the most part coming from the Medici-Grand Ducal collection.
If the works of Fra Angelico in the San Marco Museum strike you as impressive, the Accademia Gallery will leave you breathless for its rich and varied collection of sculptures and plaster works, crowned by Michelangelo's David.
The same artist also left his mark in the Medici Chapels complex, adjoined to the Cathedral of San Lorenzo; meanwhile, a few steps from the monumental dome of the Cathedral, designed by Brunelleschi, is the Leonardo Da Vinci Museum; here you can see some peculiar mechanical reconstructions based on Da Vinci's sketches from his various manuscripts.