The room next to the Silver Chamber holds the funerary mask of Lorenzo the Magnificent, together with an outstanding collection of antique vases, mostly Roman or Byzantine in origin, many of which bear the initials of Lorenzo the Magnificent who had had them set by Florentine goldsmiths. The Grotticina Room has a marble floor and a beautiful bath, possibly dating to the 16th century, standing in front of the window. The Sala dell'Udienza, the grand duke's official reception room, contains the beautiful Alemagna cabinet made of ebony and pietra dura. The private Sala d'Udienza contains a series of tables made from precious marbles and pietra dura commesso work.
The third Sala dell'Udienza holds the magnificent Cabinet of the Elector Palatine, made in 1709 and designed by the court sculptor, Giovan Battista Foggini. This exquisite object was given by Cosimo III de' Medici to his daughter Anna Maria Luisa, who had married the Elector Palatine, portrayed at the centre of the piece. Also noteworthy the Amber Room which contains an 18th-century silver relief of the Deposition of Christ in the style of Roman art. A collection of 16th- and 17th-century vases made from pietra dura and rock crystal is housed in the private Council Chamber. Other rooms full of precious objects are the Room of Exotic Objects and the two Rooms of the Far East.
Museo degli Argenti - The Silver Museum
Piazza Pitti - Firenze
Tel. 055 2388709/761
For advanced reservations: Firenze Musei, Tel. 055 294883, costs € 3,00 per person (€ 4,00 per/for Galleria Uffizi or/and Accademia); School groups: Tel. 055 290112. On-line ticket sales: www.firenzemusei.it.