Opificio delle pietre dure

WHERE ART MEETS SCIENCE

The Opificio delle Pietre Dure is a magical place, hidden behind an anonymous fa├žade in the heart of Florence. In this institution, founded at the end of the 16th century, master craftsmen still work the most precious gemstones using ancient techniques: it is a journey back in time, where you can observe the original procedures that made Florence famous as the capital of the "Florentine commesso". The atmosphere is silent, almost sacred, where teachers and pupils work as if they were inside a monastery, in an alchemy of precision and creativity.

The Opificio's collection is extraordinary: thousands of panels and mosaics made over the centuries with the most precious materials, from red Levanto marble to lapis lazuli, from agate to jasper, are gathered in those rooms of an ancient aura. Masterpieces such as the Cappella dei Principi, the Libreria Medicea Laurenziana and the Cappella Palatina in Palermo magically come back to life in panels that replicate their splendid decorations.

The Opificio is a place where you can lose yourself, forgetting the outside world; it is a journey into a universe of perfection, where art meets craftsmanship and beauty is manifested in every smallest detail: a hidden treasure to be discovered, to appreciate the excellence of made in Italy and the most authentic soul of florentine craftsmanship.

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