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Of course you need to see "David" and the "Uffizi" but this little gem (pardon the pun) is amazing. You'll look at what you think is a picture but, oh no, it's inlay. I sorta put my nose up as close as I could and...More
Not high on our list but we passed on our way from our hotel to San Marco so we stopped by. Was pleased we did as we were met by a small group of Florentine art history students who had to provide guiding here for...More
About 10 years ago, we visited the showroom and workshop of Antichimarmi.it in Fiumicino, and fell in love with pietre dure, art made by cutting stone into pieces that can be assembled into pictures that have shading, perspective, and perfect colouring. We finally were able...More
Supporting the beautiful art commissioned by the Medici and Italian royalty over the centuries are the workshops that developed and maintained the skills of craftsmen (and women) working with wood, stone, metal and semi precious stones.
This is a very small museum dedicated to all...More
We nearly passed by this small museum but were lured in by free admission through our Florence card. Were we lucky to make the stop at this little "gem" with its gorgeous masterpieces of seml-precious stones. The artwork of inlaid stone is displayed in beautiful...More
A friend recommended this museum, and I’m so glad he did. The mosaics were beautiful and it was nice to see the details of this type of collection. This is a recommended stop something, off the beaten path, that you can enjoy for an hour...More
The description of the museum is a bit vague, I think, because they mostly refer to the stone work and whatnot, but really, as an artist, I loved studying and inspecting all the amazing pieces in this museum. It's a small museum but rich with...More
If you're looking for something truly Italian, off-the-beaten-path, or look beyond the typical traveler's must-see list, check out the Museum of Hard Rocks. Actually, it's about semi-precious stone, and it's both a museum and resource for restoration of Italy's vast number of intarsia and stone...More
The pleasant atmosphere of this residential area, a stone’s throw away from the Duomo of Florence, surprises everyone. A continuous flow of backpacking students provides the tranquil surroundings for the elderly residents who sit in Piazza San Marco to read the daily newspaper. Home to several universities, including the Academy of Fine Arts, San Marco is one of the most vibrant cultural centers in the city. A
bridge connecting the modern cultural activity of Florence to its classic art, represented by the everlasting magnificence of the original David, resonates as a symbol of Florence and of Italy as a whole. Get lost in a Neoclassic world, a journey back in time through historic buildings like Spedale degli Innocenti (Hospital of the Innocents), San Marco church, Basilica della Santissima Annunziata, and natural jewels like the Botanical Gardens.