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“Interesting mosaics for not on my must see list” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Museo Opificio delle Pietre Dure

Museo Opificio delle Pietre Dure
Via Alfani, 78, 50121 Florence, Italy
05526511
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Ranked #25 of 215 Attractions in Florence
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
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“Interesting mosaics for not on my must see list”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

The precious stones museum is to the left of the David museum. This museum is closed on Sunday but open on Monday. The cost is 4 euros. There are some beautiful and elaborate stone mosaics. The Medici family really liked mosaics. On the second floor, there are many samples of granite and marble on display. It was like a geology museum on the top floor. Only go if you are interested in mosaics.

Visited January 2014
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“Small museum with exquisite pieces”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013

Pietre dure (literally, hard rocks) work was one of the artistic specialties of the Renaissance. Artists would create painting-like pieces from onyx, quartz, lapis lazuli, agate, and other stones, cutting them into the shapes of flowers, birds, seashells, or other subjects and fitting them into a stone background. Most of the time, they were made into the fronts of altars in churches or tabletops in fine homes. The craftsmanship is astonishing and today, even small contemporary pieces, no more than 6 by 6 inches (roughly 10 by 10 centimeters) can cost several hundred or even thousands of euros.

This museum has roughly 150 pieces on display, all of them masterworks. If you see examples of pietre dure work in the various palazzi or churches and find yourself intrigued, the museum is definitely worth a stop.

Visited November 2013
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“A relaxed uncrowded beautiful small museum”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2013

We absolutely loved this museum. It contains some absolutely beautiful pietre dure artwork. You can even take photos. A great way to escape the crowds and see traditional Florentine art.

Visited September 2013
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“Only 2 exhibits were open but worth the visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2013

The Pietra and the cathedral door made of gold were the only 2 exhibits open due to construction but both of them were spectacular. Michelangelo is a genius

Visited October 2013
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“Beautiful stones displayed with variety”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

This small museum is included in the Firenze Card and is a fun change of pace. The precious stones are displayed in a variety of ways - all beautiful. There is a display of tools used in the trade from earlier centuries.

Visited October 2013
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