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We kind of just happened upon this spot but it was grand to visit. Not open to go inside but outside was informative.Writings and statues gave some history of the orphanage, but they only took newborns, the foundling orphanage.
For us this was a first. A museum where the focus is on children and them being looked after. The museum itself focuses , most interestingly on children in the Middle Ages. Something quite new to us. But the message clearly is for caring about...More
I type this as I sit with a coffee in their cafe enjoying the view of the duomo. A visit here wasn’t planned but as my husband wanted to visit the Uffizi, and I am not so fascinated by art so didn’t want to hamper...More
The Hospital of the Innocents was the first orphanage in Europe. Wealthy families funded the hospital,for foundlings. The museum documents these efforts. It includes a catalog of tokens that a parent might have left with the child hoping to retrieve him/her at some later date....More
This is a must location while visiting Florence. This little known treasure is in an a little known square. They have just completed renovating the hospital, built by Brunelleschi before he began his famous dome on the duomo.
Following a longish walk around Florence exploring, we came across the Piazza della Santissima Annunziata. At the time, it was filled with a lovely French Market but the Piazza itself is beautiful. Having read in the guide books about the museum, we just had to...More
We visited last week on a whim after seeing too many churches and were so glad we did. The lower level is dedicated to the founders, work and inmates of the hospital and includes the history of the institution. It is a very modern museum...More
I wandered into this lovely museum by accident and found it a lovely change to the rest of the attractions in Florence. As more of a history junkie than an art junkie. It was so nice to learn some social history of Florence, rather than...More
Last month was my fourth trip to Florence, so I had already been to all the big tourist sights (Uffizzi, Duomo, Accademia, etc.). While family members went to the biggies, I headed off to see some of the less well known places. The Museo degli...More
Parts were full of information and interactive displays, parts felt more bare. Lovely building and certainly learnt a lot about orphans and abandoned children, social welfare system. Roof top views good.
The pleasant atmosphere of this residential area, a stone’s throw away from the Duomo of Florence, surprises everyone. A continuous flow of backpacking students provides the tranquil surroundings for the elderly residents who sit in Piazza San Marco to read the daily newspaper. Home to several universities, including the Academy of Fine Arts, San Marco is one of the most vibrant cultural centers in the city. A
bridge connecting the modern cultural activity of Florence to its classic art, represented by the everlasting magnificence of the original David, resonates as a symbol of Florence and of Italy as a whole. Get lost in a Neoclassic world, a journey back in time through historic buildings like Spedale degli Innocenti (Hospital of the Innocents), San Marco church, Basilica della Santissima Annunziata, and natural jewels like the Botanical Gardens.