Tours / One-hour guided tour to the Opificio delle Pietre Dure: the Florentine Mosaic of semi-precious stones

In 1588 Ferdinando I dei Medici established the Opificio delle Pietre Dure as a laboratory for the preparation of ornaments for the tombs of the Medici family, the Chapel of the Princes in the Church of San Lorenzo.


In order to understand the elegance and perfection of these works we should touch them. Unfortunately we are not allowed, so we limit ourselves to observing them very closely: jasper, mother-of-pearl, malachite, lapis lazuli, all kinds of quartz, precious marbles become carved designs so precisely that they have been called "stone paintings" in the nineteenth century.

Paintings, tables, tabernacles and even a whole fireplace in malachite!

Take a whole hour for yourself and let our expert guide explain this wonderful technique, reviewing works of great artistic and social value from the time of the Medici up to the nineteenth century, when the factory became a Restoration workshop of delicate and famous paintings and sculpture,

a laboratory that still enjoys great fame all over the world.

 

Info

Available days: Every day from Monday to Saturday

Bookable Starting Time: From 8:30 am to 12:30 pm

Duration: 1 hours

Available Languages: All, on reservation

Adult rate: The rate of the tour depends on the number of people. CALCULATE YOUR OWN RATE!

Child rate: From 6 years to 17 years with ID Please insert number of people.

Meeting Point: At the entrance of Opificio delle Pietre Dure, via degli Alfani 78, Florence