There is a harpsichord by Bartolomeo Cristofori, who invented the piano in the early 18th century. He was responsible for many of the most important acquisitions. The conservatory has one of the best music libraries in Italy, holding many original manuscripts by composers like Monteverdi and Rossini. Piet re dure table (1849) by Zocchi Opificio delle Pietre Dure © Via degli Alfani 78.
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Map 2 D4 (6 F1). Q (055)28 94 14. Closed temporarily for restoration. Situated in the former monastery of San Niccolo, the opificio (factory) is a national institute specializing in the teaching of the Florentine craft of producing inlaid pictures using marble and semi-precious stones. This tradition has continued to flourish since the end of the 16th century, when it was funded through the patronage of the Medici Grand Dukes, who decorated their mausoleum with pietre dure.