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Ospedale di Innocente

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)

Piazza della Santissima Annunziata, 12, 50121 Firenze FI, Italy
+39 055 20371
Sun - Sat 10am - 7pm