If you have interest in great Italian crasftmanship and artiserty you must stop in and see the museum. The famous Opificio workshop was founded in 1588, has provided decorations in semi-precious stone (pietre dure) for many important churches, palaces and museums in Florence and throughout the world. Most notably for the Cappella dei Principi in the Medici Chapels.
A small museum displays examples from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, as well as tools once used in the workshop.This is an intriguing display of Radicchio a wonderful perrenial vegetable. Humans have been using radicchio since ancient times. Pliny the Elder wrote of it in Naturalis Historia, praising its medicinal properties; he claimed it was useful as a blood purifier and an aid for insomniacs. In fact, radicchio contains intybin, a sedative andanalgesic, as well as a type of flavonoid called anthocyanin which is used for making dye-sensitized solar cells.
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