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Museo Opificio delle Pietre Dure

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Address: Via Degli Alfani 78, 50121, Florence, Italy
Phone Number: +39 055 26511
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A Jewel Box

Exquisite workmanship in seldom-seen artistry. The second-floor collection of the tools used to create these extraordinary pieces was fascinating in itself.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Exquisite workmanship in seldom-seen artistry. The second-floor collection of the tools used to create these extraordinary pieces was fascinating in itself.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

I wouldn't have gone out of my way to visit this museum, but it was right near the Accademia and I love marble. This is a small museum with gorgeous inlaid marble table tops, colorful marble sculpture, beautiful wall and ceiling art, and marble samples. My husband sat on a chair while I toured the museum, and I pointed out... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

In addition to the usual table tops made out of inlaid stones, there were some "pictures" made entirely of pieces of stone put together: for example, a blue and white agate represented the sky.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2016

This is a regular stop for us when in Florence. The workmanship and beauty of the work is unrivaled. Presentation is first rate and the experience in very manageable in terms of time and money.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2016

A friend of mine recommended to go visit this small museum, and I am glad I did. The entrance fee is modest (Eur 4), and each room has nicely made up explanations in 4 languages. The artistry and skills for handling semiprecious stones plus the art of restoring old art pieces is phenomenal. There are some gorgeous exhibits you will... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2016

You can get in and out of this museum in under 45 minutes, but it is absolutely worth the time and (minimal) effort. Right around the corner from Galleria dell'Accademia, it is convenient to other plans (but you really need to get to the other one first, and before it opens or you'll be in line for a very long... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2016 via mobile

It was amazing to see all the masterpieces made from semi-precious stones that belonged to Medici family! The museum has two floors, that are full of funuture, pictures,paintings,desks and other subjects from stones. It is incredible to imagine how did they manage to do this tiny things handmade! Also you will see the instruments and the stages of this work.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2016 via mobile

If you like gems, semi precious stones and art this place is more impressive than many of the popular attractions in Florence. Our favourite venue after climbing the Duomo and David.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 June 2016

I really enjoyed visiting Museo Opificio delle Pietre Dure, which is devoted to the art of mosaics and other precious stone artwork. It has examples of the most beautiful art from the early Renaissance through the 19th century. The variety and quality of the artwork is worth a visit, but my favorite part of the museum was the second floor,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 May 2016

Florence is known for its mosaic carving and this museum is devoted to this art. Not only are there spectacular mosaics on display, but also the tools and minerals used to make them. The museum is only open until early afternoon but it is near the Academia so it is easy to visit. This is another one of Florence's small... More 

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The pleasant atmosphere of this residential area, a stone’s throw away from the Duomo of Florence, surprises everyone. A continuous flow of backpacking students provides the tranquil surroundings for the elderly residents who sit in Piazza San Marco to read the daily newspaper. Home to several universities, including the Academy of Fine Arts, San Marco is one of the most vibrant cultural centers in the city. A bridge connecting the modern cultural activity of Florence to its classic art, represented by the everlasting magnificence of the original David, resonates as a symbol of Florence and of Italy as a whole. Get lost in a Neoclassic world, a journey back in time through historic buildings like Spedale degli Innocenti (Hospital of the Innocents), San Marco church, Basilica della Santissima Annunziata, and natural jewels like the Botanical Gardens.
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