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Hospital of Innocents - 4 Things to Know Before Visiting

Piazza della Santissima Annunziata, 12, 50121 Firenze FI, Italy

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About Hospital of Innocents

The Hospital of Innocents is a building located in Piazza Santissima Annunziata in Florence. The hospital was born thanks to a bequest of a thousand florins from the Prato merchant Francesco Datini to the Hospital of Santa Maria Nova to create a place of welcome for abandoned children. The term "hospital" derives from the ancient Florentine dialect, while the name should be understood as "hospital for abandoned children", referring to the biblical episode of the massacre of the innocents.

Attractions Near Hospital of Innocents

The SS. Annunziata di Firenze
The SS. Annunziata di Firenze0.09km from Hospital of Innocents

The Basilica of the Santissima Annunziata is the main Marian sanctuary in Florence, the mother house of the served order. The church is located in the homonymous square in the north-eastern part of the city centre, near the Spedale degli Innocenti, and has been the centre of city life for centuries. It was one of the main pilgrimage centres in this area and also it is famous among the tourists by its architectural and historical importance.

Accademia Gallery
Accademia Gallery0.24km from Hospital of Innocents

The Accademia Gallery is Florence’s most visited museum right after the Uffizi Gallery. The original statue of Michelangelo’s famous David actually has made the Accademia the most popular museum in Florence. It also has other sculptures by Michelangelo and a large collection of paintings by Florentine artists, mostly from the period 1300–1600, the Trecento to the Late Renaissance. In 2016, it had 1.46 million visitors, making it the second most visited art museum in Italy, after the Uffizi.

San Marco
San Marco0.31km from Hospital of Innocents

San Marco is a religious complex in Florence, Italy. It comprises a church and a convent. It has a long history to say. It was founded in 1267 by the Silverstrine monks, an Order of the Benedictine Reformed. Over the following 150 years, Florentines became disillusioned with the monks less than proper religious conduct and, in 1418, pleaded with the Pope to remove the monks from the monastery. It was also one of the main religious buildings in this area and also it is famous among tourists.

San Marco Museum
San Marco Museum0.32km from Hospital of Innocents

The San Marco Museum is an Italian state museum; it is located in the monumental part of an ancient Dominican convent located in Piazza San Marco in Florence. The fame of the museum, whose architecture is a Renaissance masterpiece, is mainly due to the presence of works by Beato Angelico, present in many rooms of the convent. One wing is dedicated to the school of San Marco, who also lived and worked here.

Leonardo Da Vinci Museum
Leonardo Da Vinci Museum0.38km from Hospital of Innocents

The Leonardian Museum is located in Vinci, in the Province of Florence, the birthplace of Leonardo Da Vinci. Housed in the two locations of the Palazzina Uzielli and the Castello Dei Conti Guidi, it is one of the largest and most original collections dedicated to Leonardo da Vinci, architect, technologist, and engineer and, more generally, to the history of the Renaissance technique.

Museum of Opera of Saint Maria of Fiore
Museum of Opera of Saint Maria of Fiore0.42km from Hospital of Innocents

The Museo dell Opera del Duomo is a museum in Florence, on the north-east side of the Piazza del Duomo. It collects works of art from the sacred complex of the Duomo of Florence, Giotto's Baptistery, and Bell Tower, with a very important nucleus of Gothic and Renaissance statuary. Among the most important works, works by Andrea Pisano, Arnolfo di Cambio, Nanni di Banco, the original reliefs of the Porta del Paradiso by Ghiberti

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Tuscany is known for its landscapes, history, artistic legacy, and its influence on high culture. It is regarded as the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance and has been home to many figures influential in the history of art and science, and contains well-known museums such as the Uffizi and the Pitti Palace. Tuscany is also known for its wines.