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Museo degli Innocenti

13 Piazza della Santissima Annunziata
| +39 055 203 7308
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Museo degli Innocenti Florence  Italy
OSPEDALE DI INNOCENTE / “FLORENCE’S HOSPITAL OF THE INNOCENTS” Florence  Italy
Museo degli Innocenti Florence  Italy
OSPEDALE DI INNOCENTE / “FLORENCE’S HOSPITAL OF THE INNOCENTS” Florence  Italy

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Museo degli Innocenti

The Ospedale degli Innocenti, a grand Renaissance building designed by Filippo Brunelleschi, opened its doors as an orphanage in 1495; it still works to protect the rights of children, but it now houses a stunning museum space. A prolonged renovation transformed a neglected, dim area into a well-lit home for more than 80 pieces of art, including paintings by Botticelli and Domenico Ghirlandaio. In recognition of the building's history, one gallery holds a collection of signi, charms or amulets broken in half by parents and left behind with their children, in hopes of someday reuniting the broken halves and the families. The top floor, once the site of the institute’s laundry facilities, is now a rooftop café with a beautiful view over Florence.

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AFAR Staff
about 1 year ago

OSPEDALE DI INNOCENTE / “FLORENCE’S HOSPITAL OF THE INNOCENTS”

If you have explored the Ufizzi, the Bargello, the Strozzi and the Pitti Palace and are looking for a museum that provides insight into a interesting aspect of Florentine life in the 1400s take a couple hours and visit the Ospedale degli Innocenti. Designed by Brunelleschi in 1419, this elegant building housed the children’s orphanage and is a notable example of early Italian Rennaissace architecture. Originally, babies were placed in a basin that was located near the front portico. In 1660 the basin was replaced by a special door with a rotating horizontal wheel tha brought the baby into the building without the parent being seen. Often the “innocents” were left with a religious medal or memento that had been cut in two, allowing the child to be retrieved in more prosperous times by proving a connection. The museum features a "card catalog" system by which you can see the child's name, the date it was brough in and the tiny relic that was provided to prove parentage. The first baby was left there on February 5, 1445 and the hospital closed in 1875. Open the doors for yourself and experience this unique piece of Florentine history. (Ospedale di Innocente – www.istitutodeglinnocenti.it – Piazza della Santissima Annunziata, 12 - +39.055.20371)