Florence is bursting at the seams with art. But where to start? Vast collections of Renaissance paintings fill the museums, all around magnificent sculptures look down at us from their bases, note-worthy buildings are to be found on every corner… Though wonderful, the sheer quantity of Florentine art and architecture can be overwhelming. It might therefore be useful to read up on the art history of the area, but this needn’t be a daunting, dryly academic experience. We’ve chosen seven Florence art history books that provide a great route into the massive subject: the first three act as general introductions, while the second four offer alternative ways of approaching Florentine art.