Do not travel through Florence without stopping at Orsanmichele, the absolutely stunning chapel of the city's 14th century craft and trade guilds. All of the guilds sponsored the construction of statues of their patron saints, replicas of which stand around the church. (You can find the originals in the museum of Orsanmichele.) In an effort to outdo their competing guilds, the sponsors paid huge sums to commission work from the country's best sculptures and to secure the highest quality materials. These beautiful statues remain some of Italy's classic artistic achievements.