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“Stunning works of art from semi precious stone inlays” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Museo Opificio delle Pietre Dure

Museo Opificio delle Pietre Dure
Ranked #51 of 425 things to do in Florence
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“Stunning works of art from semi precious stone inlays”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 March 2013

This was our third visit to Florence and our third visit to the museum. The table tops and plaques on display are really beautiful and should not be missed if you are visiting Florence. Upstairs there is a display of the tools and methods used to create these amazing works of art.

Visited February 2013
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“For the Mineral and Gem Lover”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2012

Few people understand the importance of Pietra Dura in Renaissance art. This is the careful cutting/carving and inlaying of multiple colored stones, usually on a flat and highly polished surface, to create a design or image. Palazzos of the rich (read Medici) were full of artwork, tables, and examples of this high art. Touring this little visited museum will increase your understanding, and appreciation, for this art.
Anyone with an understanding of minerals and gemstones would be at a loss to miss this museum. But you should also stop in if you appreciate skilled craftmanship and the beauty of artwork beyond paintings and sculpture. Also, if you plan to visit the Pitti Palace, the Medici-Riccardi Palace, or the Palazzo Vecchio, I think you really should take the time to visit this museum so that you can picture the beautiful objects that filled those palaces. It's only 4 euros each (covered by the Firenze Card), right next to the Accademia, and you could just tour the ground floor in less than an hour.

Visited September 2012
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Brussels, Belgium
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“GREAT !! UNIQUE !”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2012 via mobile

A small museum that is needs to be visited . Entrance fee is low. It shows and explains a form of art and a technique that is famous over the world. Pietra dura or hardstone inlay and solitair pieces of art. It shows pieces of art not so well known by the larger public. It does not take long and you don't need to have a university degree to understand and appreciate it ! It helps you to understand the position of Firenze and the Italians in the old days. Even interesting for children !

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“Worth a Brief Look”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2012

Worth going to if you have the Firenze Card and get in free. Good examples of art using semi precious stones and rock. The staff was a bit nervous however, and tended to follow us from room to room as we were the only people in the museum.

Visited July 2012
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“A welcome alternative to the other sites”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 May 2012

Tired of the crowds at the Uffizi and the Accademia? Want to see some absolutely stunning craftmanship from the 14th through 16th century all done in precious stone? Visit this museum as an alternate to the other sites. Just around the corner from the Accademia and with very few visitors, we spent the better part of two hours wandering past the well-displayed collection marvelling at the precision and artistry of it all. Imagine a table top with a detailed, ornate flower arrangement, seemingly hovering above the surface, all done in stone - not mosaic, but cut and polished stone. It's a fascinating and compelling view into the incredible artistry that defined Florence in those years.

Visited May 2012
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