Florence: Florentine Mosaic Private 1-Hour Tour with Guide

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Discover the beauty of the Florentine Mosaic on this 1-hour tour which showcases the main works of the Medici Family Renaissance period. Learn about the history and technique of the mosaics as you explore the impressive Opificio delle Pietre Dure.


  • Discover the beauty of the Florentine Mosaic at the Opificio delle Pietre Dure
  • Learn about the Medici Family and the Renaissance period which birthed the Florentine Mosaic
  • Get a greater appreciation for the skill and artistic talent required to make Florentine Mosaics
  • Admire artworks made of jasper, mother-of-pearl, malachite, lapis lazuli, quartz, precious marbles, and more


Meet your expert guide at the famous Opificio delle Pietre Dure, which when translated means the Workshop of the Inlaid Semiprecious Stones. The Opificio delle Pietre Dure was created in 1588 by Ferdinando I dei Medici for the creation of decorations for the tombs of the Medici family. On this tour, discover the wonders of the Opificio delle Pietre Dure and learn about its fascinating history as well as about the mosaics themselves. Follow your guide around the workshop and marvel at the array of stunning mosaics on display. From a very close distance, admire the artworks made of jasper, mother-of-pearl, malachite, lapis lazuli, quartz, precious marble, and more. The gemstones have been precisely carved and perfected to create paintings, tables, fireplaces, and more. Throughout the 1-hour tour, listen to your guide share fascinating insight into this ancient technique and get a greater appreciation of the artistic skill it requires. The tour covers the entire history of the Florentine Mosaic from the Medici period up until the 19th century when the Opificio delle Pietre Dure became a restoration workshop for delicate and famous paintings from artists including Donatello, Michelangelo, and Leonardo da Vinci.


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