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In via dello Studio, a few steps from Piazza del Duomo, there is a place where you can still breathe the air of the old Florentine art workshop.
Passers-by who look through the windows of the door see a large room, “furnished” with machines common to every modern artisan laboratory – milling machine, circular saw … – but also with old manual tools sometimes of a few centuries: beams, steps, chisels, hammers and a marble drill the same in all respects to that used by Renaissance artists.
This workshop is the modern location of the Bottega dell’Opera del Duomo.
The ancient seat was located in a room behind the apse of the Cathedral, was later moved to the adjacent building, now home to the Museo dell’Opera di Santa Maria del Fiore: here the sculptors worked under a large canopy, now disappeared .
In the eighteenth century the old courtyard was left in favor of the rotunda, still located in Piazza delle Pallottole.
The last final transfer to the current location in via dello Studio took place around the middle of the 19th century.
The main purpose of the workshop was once to realize the sculptural and architectural decoration of the Cathedral and the bell tower; today it is dedicated to maintaining and preserving the priceless heritage of the past.
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