The following walking tours are generally offered in the morning, every day except in the week ends and when mentioned. the duration of each tour is approximately 2 ½ hours. these are just some tour suggestions: it's always possible to have a custom made private guided tour.
THE OPIFICIO DELLE PIETRE DURE MUSEUM AND LABORATORY AND A FLORENTINE MOSAIC WORKSHOP
The Opificio delle Pietre Dure, founded over 400 years ago by the Medici Family, is now one of the most important centers in the world for restoration of art works and its fame and prestige are so widespread that important institutions from all over the world keep relying on its team of professionals.
The special opening of the Restoration Laboratories allows to admire theis work from closer: long is the list of masterpieces which were restored here.
There is also a museum of the Opificio which shows what its main activity was at the beginning: the creation of marvellous art works made of hard and semi-precious stones.
The meeting with a Florentine mosaic master will allow to see how this art still survives in his workshop, where it's possible to follow step by step the creation of a "stone painting" a kind of puzzle made with different stones which looks like a painting without anything being painted.