Visitors to Florence intent on learning something about the city’s paintings face a staggering number of options. The Uffizi Gallery, the most comprehensive tribute to Italian panel painting in the world, is on everyone’s ‘must-see’ list. The city’s other major museums devoted to painting, the Accademia and the Pitti Palace, cover the Middle Ages and the High Renaissance, respectively. But these collections tell only part of the story of Florentine painting. A magnificent array of frescoes decorate the city’s churches, cloisters and palazzi, and they make a singular contribution to Western art. Many are also free to visit!