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“Museo degli Argenti”, the jewel case of Florence

Jewels and “Jewelled Gallantries”: The Treasure of the Medici family

The “Silver Museum” (“Museo degli Argenti”) houses, in a sumptuous room, huge and decorated with frescoes, all the wonderful and sparkling objects collected by Lorenzo the Magnificent. Hard stones, rock crystal worked into particular shapes, diamonds and enamels, all gifts for the women of the Medici family and manufactured for Francesco I, collected by Mary Magdalene of Austria, featuring "grand-ducal workmanships".

A casket that, enclosing part of the rich collection of the Pitti Palace, acts as a bridge between the past and the present through a "chamber of wonders" that takes you on a journey through the history of goldsmith’s art, ranging from the refined collections of the Medici family to contemporary jewels.

The route also includes a visit to a goldsmith’s workshop of the Ponte Vecchio, and at the end a journey through the history of the jewellery world, to observe the processing phases that give birth to these valuable objects.

Price per person: € 80 (Tuesdays and Saturdays from 9:00 am to 2:30 pm) *

The tour includes:

  • Route suitable for families

  • Route for everyone

  • LBT Certified Tourist Guide. Thanks to the passion and knowledge of the Certified LBT Guide, you will experience an immersion into a unique and exclusive atmosphere

  • Museum admission ticket

  • Access to the Goldsmith’s Workshop

  • A photographer with a certified Professional Training. The photographer will accompany you throughout the route, helping you to capture the visually most beautiful aspects and advising you and suggesting you how to choose the best shots, how to make the most of the light in its most fascinating aspects, teaching you the tricks of the great landscape photographers. In addition, the photographer will take beautiful portraits of the while group and of the individual participants immersed in the evocative Tuscan settings.

  • Souvenir gifts: You will receive as a souvenir: your photos taken by the photographer sent by e-mail; the certificate of the "Life Beyond Tourism® aware traveller", in digital and paper form; the exclusive “Life Beyond Tourism®” pin.

Programme:

  • 9:00 am meeting at Palazzo Pitti

  • 9:15 am visit to the Silver Museum

  • 11:00 am coffee break

  • 11:30 am visit to an old goldsmith’s workshop on Ponte Vecchio

  • 1:00 pm Lunch: in a restaurant located in the heart of the city’s historic centre, you will have the opportunity to taste excellent local dishes that preserve the authentic Florentine traditions. The guide will tell you the local food and wine history and traditions, completing the journey through the culture, history and art of Florence with an exploration of the local tradition in the kitchen and at the table.

*48 hours minimum advance notice

These routes were organised by APAB as part of Life Beyond Tourism®.

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Hotel Pitti Palace al Ponte Vecchio, Borgo San Jacopo 3/R, 50125 Firenze (FI), Italia
Tel: +39 055 2398711 | Fax: +39 055 2398867 | reservations@florencehotelpittipalacealpontevecchio.com