Visit the Opificio delle Pietre Dure without queuing up!
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With a few clicks you can see the fascinating art of the mosaic and the processing of the semi-precious stones, applied in beautiful art works especially with natural and floral subjects.
Do not waste time during your holidays by standing in line. Buy tickets online through our safe and easy system and you will have immediate access to the masterpieces of Florence.
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What makes this Tour Unique?
- See beautiful art works made of semi-precious stones
- Admire the section of the tools and techniques used
- Skip the line and don't waste your time
- Stay in the museum how long you want
Reduced and free tickets
- European Community citizens between 18 and 25 years old (valid identity document needed at the entrance)
- Teachers from EU public institutes (Città del Vaticano, Montecarlo, Switzerland, Luxemburg, Repubblica di San Marino, Lichtestein included) with proof of tenure.
- Citizens under 18 years old (valid identity document needed at the entrance)
Service fees and eventual temporary exhibition fees are always due.
There is a museum shop at the entrance where it is possible to buy guide books in various languages and objects inspired by works of the Museum.
Visitors must hand in umbrellas, large bags and backpacks.
The museum is accessible for disabled persons.
The Museum is located in Via degli Alfani n°78 - Florence.
The Museum is dedicated to the traditional art of the Florentine mosaic (or inlaid work) in semi-precious stones. That ancient art, brought to new life thanks to the Medici family, was already known by the Egyptians, Greeks and Romans who created mosaics using marble and semi-precious stones (quartz, chalcedony, jasper, lapis-lazuli).
For many centuries, Florentine craftsmen have skilfully cut the naturally coloured stones into shapes, fitting them together to create magnificent architectural decorations as well as the most precious objects.
The Opificio delle Pietre Dure (Semi-precious Stones Workshop) was officially founded in 1588 by Ferdinando I de’ Medici. For more than three centuries most of the work has been dedicated to the decoration of the Chapel of the Princes, the Medici mausoleum, under the direction of architects and sculptors, such as Bernardo Buontalenti, Matteo Nigetti and Pietro Tacca.
The workshops, once located in the Casino Mediceo and then in the Uffizi, were moved to the present site in 1796. The museum, next to the workshop, has gradually begun to work from the late 19th century, when the Opificio started to attend to artworks restoration.
In 1995 the museum was renovated and enlarged with an educational section dedicated to the history of the workshop and workmanship.
The museum displays a big collection of semi-precious stone works (the so called “Florentine mosaic”), real “stone paintings”: portraits, coats of arms, abstract decorations, landscapes, stories, architectures. An important section is dedicated to nature subjects, in particular flowers, often together with fruits and birds, very fashionable between 17th and 18th centuries.
Among the works on display there are mural decorations, tables, vases, caskets, small sculptures, cameos, cabinets and other pieces of furniture, often decorated with ebony and gilded bronze. The section dedicated to the Laboratory of semi-precious stones shows 18th century work benches, tools, hundreds of samples of the most precious stones used by the craftsmen.
- Medici Lorraine Crest, tender stones and mother of pearl, late 16th century
- Red marble head of Cosimo I, by Bernardo Buontalenti
- Semi-precious stone reliefs for the altar in the Chapel of the Princes, early 17th century
- Table cabinet, ebony and semi-precious stones, Prague workshops
- Bedroom holy water stoup, semi-precious stones and gilded bronze, early 18th century
- Cosimo III’s big cameo, early 18th century
- View of the Pantheon, semi-precious stone, about 1797
- Tables with birds, flowers and fruits, 19th century
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...
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.
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.
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...
02 May 2016
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...
05 Dec 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.
20 Oct 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...
19 Oct 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.
06 Oct 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...
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13 Aug 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...