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Mosaic arts in Florence

Stone work and its traditions

The art of using small colored stones- also known as Florentine Mosaic work - is a kind of painting done with stones that is not damaged by time. The tonalities and colors of the stones can be used to create incredible details.

This ancient craft flourished during the Medici period in the 16th century and was practiced over the years at the highest level possible thanks to the masters who teach at the Opificio delle Pietre Dure, an institution founded in 1588 by Ferdinando I de' Medici. Technically, the small stones are cut and connected to other marbles and colored stones in order to obtain amazing results.

Distance of this route (by car): 9.1 km
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Businesses involved in this initiative:
1. Le Pietre nell'Arte - Via Ricasoli, 59, 50122 Firenze FI
Creation and Restoration of Semiprecious stonework and Mosaics
2. Fratelli Traversari di Franco Traversari - Via Senese, 68/B, 50124 Firenze FI
Artistic mosaics in cut glass and with stones
3. Pietre e Mosaici Snc - Via del Podestà, 15/R, 50125 Galluzzo Firenze FI. Precious and semi-precious stonework
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