Museo Opificio delle Pietre Dure

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Museo Opificio delle Pietre Dure

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Julie W
Norwich, UK54 contributions
Excellent museum
Sep 2020
This is well worth a visit. A small museum with beautiful exhibits. An art which is so amazing. Unfortunately due to the circumstances we are in at the moment there was no video presentation or any demonstrations which was a shame, but we did pop in a shop close by and they did have a video of how these pieces are put together, incredible.
Written September 19, 2020
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nicolas s
Milan, Italy2,299 contributions
very interesting and unique museum
Feb 2020
the displays were fascinating, but the video was really the best part of the visit . never seen a museum of this kind, a very nice surprise!
Written February 27, 2020
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Perry Grinate
Ashby de la Zouch, UK710 contributions
Great little museum
Feb 2020
Some great pietra dura stuff to see, and best of all a video showing the extraordinary amount of time it takes to create a table top out of semi-precious stones. I got in here with my three day ticket which also covered Palas Pitti, Boboli Gardens and the Uffizi
Written February 25, 2020
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Richard G
San Antonio, TX214 contributions
Hidden gem without crowds not far from the crowds of Florence
Oct 2019
This great little museum tells the story of the craft of pierre dure-of inlaid pictures with varied stones precisely cut, polished, and placed to make fantastic pictures, table tops, etc.There are laminated sheets for each of the rooms labeling and explaining the exhibits in a variety of languages. The finished inlaid products are fantastic-some going back hundreds of years. And to think a short walk away are crowds lining up to see the David, not even knowing that this little museum is something they could enjoy after the David without any wait to enter. Many first time visitors to Florence would want to visit many other places other than this, but for a repeat tourist, this museum would be an excellent choice to spend a couple of fantastic hours.
Written December 1, 2019
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MurielV
47 contributions
Beautiful unique decorative arts
Oct 2019
This museum is full of beautiful and astonishing works of intricate inlaid stone. As a bonus the second floor displays equipment and beautiful samples of the materials used in this art. It was my husband's favorite place in Florence, and a nice respite from Madonnas and Saints. It's also a shorter visit than, say, the Uffizi or the Pitti Palace, and fits nicely into anyone's schedule.
Written October 28, 2019
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rleNewEngland
New England431 contributions
Truly amazing
Sep 2019
If you have a free hour or so, I recommend a stop at the Pietre Dure, the stone art museum. It's about 500 meters from the Duomo and the price of admission is tiny. It is a small museum, but packed with interesting inlaid pieces of art. The mezzanine, accessible via a chair lift, has a few tools and stone/mineral samples.
Written October 24, 2019
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valinkent
Kent47 contributions
A hidden gem off the usual tourist track
Oct 2019
Just around the corner from the Accademia where tourists were almost fighting to get vastly overpriced tickets to view Michaelangelo's David, sits this unassuming little gem of a museum tucked away and quietly waiting for a few tourists to visit at a small charge of only 4 euros entry. I'd never heard of Pietre Dure - which literally means 'hard rocks' - which gives NO idea of the stunningly beautiful marble inlay worked pieces that are exhibited here. Other reviewers have said they were 'blown away' - and yes, my husband and I would agree with that. in fact I was almost reduced to tears by this spectacular work, created using the most basic of hand tools - each petal, each shadow, each piece of an instrument, each piece of ribbon, cut and shaped painstakingly by unmatchable craftsmen - generations learning and refining a craft that is utterly incomparable. Photos don't do this beautiful work justice. You can get up close and personal with this to really marvel at the craftsmanship. I heard one tourist ask if any of the pieces are painted or cut thin enough to paint on the back. They're not. Nothing is used but the natural colours and patterns of the stone. They are relatively well displayed and staff are pleasant - upstairs are some of the tools used, the raw minerals and a short video, but I do feel that the museum would would benefit from more information to help people understand just how amazing this work is. If you're in Florence - don't miss this. There's nothing else like it.
Written October 19, 2019
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Written October 21, 2019
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Ian W
Suffolk, UK18 contributions
Great Museum
Oct 2019
Great Museum, with fabulous pietre dure examples and was well displayed with good translation cards available in multiple languages. great exhibit upstairs of the tools and methods of manufacture
Written October 11, 2019
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Stephen W
Kingston, Canada13 contributions
Must experience museum of rocks worked in art!
Sep 2019
We were blown away by the exquisite works of art and decorations. Excellent related exhibits. Guide book and overall visit is so worth the visit.
Written September 27, 2019
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mozart1956
Boston, MA35 contributions
Amazing stone inlay art!
Jul 2019 • Couples
This small museum is amazing! It features exquisite stone inlay art work from the artisans of the Medici's. Tables and other decorative pieces are on display and the level of intricacy and detail is very impressive. Some of the pieces are not very well lit, but generally well worth a visit.
Written July 26, 2019
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