If art was a country then Florence would be its capital. Florence is considered the birthplace of the Italian renaissance and throughout history, it has been the playground to over 350 of the 1000 most significant European artists of the 2nd millennium. Lying on the Arno River, Florence is a blend of characteristic architecture, museums filled with artistic masterpieces and a plethora of shopping possibilities in the many designer stores and market stalls which line the streets.