‘Laboratory of Hard Stones’ Exclusive Access

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‘Laboratory of Hard Stones’ Exclusive Access

This tour gives exclusive access to the Laboratory of Hard Stones (Opificio delle Pietre Dure), opened by the Medici’s in 1588 to create mosaics and inlays.

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Exclusive access to the The Opificio delle Pietre Dure (Laboratory of Hard stones)
  • View exquisite collection kept in the Fortezza da Basso, normally closed to the public
  • Visit the laboratory itself to see the artisans hard at work
  • Dedicated restorer at your disposal to show you the current restoration projects

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Exclusive Opificio delle Pietre Dure Tour

The Opificio delle Pietre Dure (Laboratory of Hard stones) was established by the powerful Medici family in 1588 to specialize in creating semi-precious mosaics and inlays. Normally closed to the public, we have exclusive access to enter, so you can see its exquisite collection kept in the Fortezza da Basso, (the Fortress of St. John the Baptist), the largest work of the modern fortification inserted in the walls of fourteenth-century Florence.

Your private English-speaking guide will lead you through the wonderful collection of 16th century sculptures, wall paintings and precious textiles. You will also visit the laboratory itself to see the artisans hard at work keeping this precious art alive. A dedicated restorer will be at your disposal to show you the current restoration projects and reveal the secrets of this centuries-old art.

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