The Opificio delle Pietre Dure (workshop of semi precious stones) displays objects made with these colored and fascinating stones. Completely surrounded by the “commesso fiorentino” world and by its artistic and decorative applications we enjoy the objects beauty, the technical perfection and the charm of the handicraft /artisanal job done with love and infinite patience. The first floor was created for educational purposes and displays the tools, the instruments and a collection of semiprecious stones allowing for an appreciation of all the stages of the technical process of creation.
Duration about 1 hour
The recently restored Museo dell'Ospedale degli Innocenti, is the oldest European orphanage where foundlings were abandoned and raised up by a lay institution. The Museum is the symbol of the Florentine welfare and of the generosity of the Silk Guild. Agata Smeralda was the first foundling left in the baby hutch installed in 1445. It is very touching the collection of small objects used by mothers to be able, at better times, to reunite with their children. Notable is the harmony and proportion of Brunelleschi portico, the first and the best Renaissance architecture which inspired the architects during many centuries. Among the highlights are the glazed earthenware (terracotta) medallions by Andrea della Robbia representing children in swaddling.
Duration about 2 hours
Commissioned by the wealthiest families of the period, represent a unique expression of devotion, power, business, culture and art. In them you will find an incredible combination of architecture, sculpture and painting; the most significant are: Tornabuoni Chapel in Santa Maria Novella Church; the Sassetti Chapel in Santa Trinità Church; and the Magi Chapel.
The Last Supper is what we call the last meal Jesus had with his disciples before his betrayal. Many refectories in convents and monasteries in Florence feature frescos of the Last Supper, the majority of which are very easily accessible and rarely visited. The most beautiful and best preserved are those by Andrea del Castagno, Domenico Ghirlandaio and Andrea del Sarto.
The Palazzo Davanzati Museum magically transports the visitor at a time when Florence was one of the most active centers of the Western world. Right in the middle of the historical center, it is a quite corner almost unknown by the majority of the visitors. In it you will find the best example of furnishings of a 14th and 15th centuries Florentine Palace, incredible painted walls as well as pottery and household items, triptychs and other decorative pieces. Arranged over three floors we can walk through wonderful halls, bedrooms to the kitchen observing not just the art, but also the early plumbing and the water supply systems.
Duration about 2 hours
Museum Foundation Horne is the symbol of the Anglo-Saxon collecting activity in the early twentieth century;
Donation Loeser donated by the American scholar and collector, Charles Alexander Loeser, to the city of Florence to be "just fine for the rest and enjoyment of the visitor".