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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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Best artistry/craftsmanship imaginable.

If you wish to see and learn about the creativity present in Florence from the early Renaissance on, this museum is not to be missed.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 20 May 2016
Toronto, Canada
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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 May 2016

If you wish to see and learn about the creativity present in Florence from the early Renaissance on, this museum is not to be missed.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 May 2016

The Museo Opificio delle Pietre Dure on Via Alfani is a very interesting museum. Showcasing all sorts of arts and crafts from pietre dure. A nice, not too popular museum in a central location, this is definitely a place to visit while in Florence.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 May 2016

I would never have sought out this unpublicised museum had I not been travelling with a friend who loves pietre dure. What a find! An excellently presented museum showing a range of the most beautiful works of art created from slivers of coloured stone. The work ranged from flowers to shells and full vistas. At the top was a display... More 

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Katonah, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 May 2016 via mobile

And the crowds are gone. We were fortunate enough to visit the week of the Guides to Florence provided by hide school seniors. The museum had been divided into 5 or more parts. A you went from section to section of the museum, the students had become expert guides on each section. We learned of the development of this mosaic... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2015

No one ever goes here, even Florentines !! It is incredible, and you will actually have a museum in Florence all to yourself !! The collection is mind boggling, (don't rush trough it, take your time), and it is near to other places of interest.

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2015

A curiously dull and slightly disappointing experience given how many craftsmen are still working in Florence making masterpieces using this traditional technique. Maybe it was the lighting or that the whole display needs a jolly good update and overhaul. As it is it feels musty and dated.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2015

I love pietre dure. It is simply fascinating the way these craftsmen can use marble and stone to create such beautiful images. I collect pietre dure earrings which can in no way hold a candle to the magnificent pieces which are on display in this museum. This museum is not for everyone, but if you have any interest in pietre... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2015

A wonderful museum presenting mosaic and stone inlay spanning from the 16th century to recent. You gain a real appreciation of the artisan skills when you view the raw materials, workshop tools and examples of works in progress. Worth the side trip - and bring a sketch book or camera.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2015

It is worth dropping by this little museum as it is very near to the Academia. It only has two floors and not big, so it won't take too much time, but you will be fascinated by the techniques and workmanship. The museum is dedicated to showing works made with inlaid stones (typically used for things like furnitures) and also... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2015

Just around the corner from the Accademia and 'David' is this fantastic, small museum of artwork primarily made of inlaid semi-precious stones. I am always more impressed by these 'off the beaten track' places, than the big-name tourist spots that everyone knows about, goes to, takes a few pictures, then leaves. This is worth your time, and the entrance fee... 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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