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This institution was founded in 1588 by Ferdinando I de' Medici as a workshop for processing rare and semi-precious stones for decoration and it is one of leading schools of art restoration in Italy.
This little Museum is dedicated to the traditional art of the Florentine mosaic in semi-precious stones. it displays examples of Pietre Dure works, including cabinets, table tops and plates, showing an immense repertoire of decoration.
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See meticulous semi-precius stone mosaics and learn about the techniques used to create them
Priority Entry | Visit duration: approx. 1 hour | Barrier-free access | No flash photography
The Opificio delle Pietre Dure museum in Via Alfani, Florence, is entirely dedicated to peculiar Florentine mosaics in semi-precious stones like quartz, jasper, chalcedony, and marble. It displays a vast selection of exquisite pietre dure inlaid artifacts such as cabinets, plates, vases, caskets, and table tops. Founded by the Medici family, it is also a leading art restoration workshop and conservation school in Italy.
Opificio delle Pietre Dure opening hours
Monday – Saturday: 8:15 am – 2:00 pm
Closing Days: Sundays, January 1st, May 1st, June 24th, and December 25th.
Entry to Opificio delle Pietre Dure is limited and by fixed timed slots only at the following times: 8:30 am, 9:50 am, 11:10 am, 12:30 pm (Monday – Saturday). Visitors are accompanied by security personnel at all times during their visit.
Opificio delle Pietre Dure ticket prices and reductions
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Time and/or date of tickets can be changed after booking upon payment of a set Modification fee.
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Modification fee: € 8.00 per ticket.
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The Opificio delle Pietre Dure e Laboratori di Restauro, literally meaning Workshop of Semi-precious Stones and Laboratories of Restoration, is a public institute of the Italian Ministry for Cultural Heritage. It is a global leader in the field of art restoration and provides teaching as one of two Italian state conservation schools (the other being the Istituto superiore per la conservazione ed il restauro). The institute maintains also a specialist library and archive of conservation and a museum displaying historic examples of Pietre Dure inlaid semi-precious stones artefacts. A scientific laboratory conducts research and diagnostics and provides a preventive conservation service.
Being one of the famous artistic workshops of the Italian Renaissance, the Opificio was established in 1588 at the behest of Ferdinando I de' Medici to provide the elaborate, inlaid precious and semi-precious stoneworks.
The small museum in Via Alfani displays examples of Pietre Dure works, including cabinets, table tops and plates, showing an immense repertoire of decoration, usually either flowers, fruits and animals, but also sometimes other picturesque scenes, including a famous view of the Piazza della Signoria. There is also a large baroque fireplace entirely covered in malachite, a dazzling and brilliant green stone as well as copies of painting executed in inlaid stone. Some of the exhibition space is dedicated to particular types of stone, such as the paesina, extracted near Florence, the grain and colour of which can be used to create vivid landscapes. An exhibition of the technical processes of Pietre Dure works through history, can be found on the first floor as well as a large range of finished works dating back to the time of the Medici. There are vases and furnishings decorated with Art Nouveau designs of the late 19th and early 20th century, including a tabletop with a harp and garland by Emilio Zocchi (1849) and another decorated with flowers and birds by Niccolò Betti (1855).
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