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Ospedale degli Innocenti Tours & Tickets

Ospedale degli Innocenti
Florence’s one-of-a-kind Ospedale degi Innocenti (Hospital of the Innocents) is the oldest orphanage on the continent and offers travelers the perfect blend of Italian history, Roman artistry, classic architecture and lush gardens. It can only be described as one of the city’s oddest—and most beautiful—attractions. Built during the early 15th century, Ospedale degli Innocenti has served as a center of care for infants and children for more than 500 years and today also operates as a home for some of the nation’s best-known works of art.

In addition to a vast gallery, this historic landmark is also home to open cloisters and plenty of hospital-like rooms, including an infirmary and group dormitories. Travelers can explore the grounds and bear witness to giant frescos that depict scenes from the historic site’s lengthy past. Dozens of brilliantly colored paintings line the galleries and hallways projecting images of religious figures with dozens of children—a nod to the hospital’s original purpose. Travelers say the glazed terra-cotta reliefs of swaddled newborn babies are not to be missed and prove one of Ospedale degi Innocenti’s most unique details. 

Practical Info

Ospedale degi Innocenti is located off of Via della Colonna and accessible via the number 6 and 31 buses. 
Address: Piazza della Santissima Annunziata, 12, Firenze 50121, Italy
Hours: Weekdays 8:30am-7pm, Holidays 8:30am-2pm
Admission: € 4,00
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Spedale degli Innocenti: the first Orphanage ever built

Spedale degli Innocenti: the first Orphanage ever built

See the Spedale degli Innocenti with your own private guide on a 90-minute tour. Gain insight into architecture of what is considered the first fully Renaissance-style building, view artwork by Ghirlandaio and Botticelli, and hear about the children who lived at this 15th-century orphanage.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$178.21
Price varies by group size
From
$178.21
Price varies by group size

Private Day in Florence: An Immersive Experience

Private Day in Florence: An Immersive Experience

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During the Florence in a day tour, we will take you to all the highlights of this beautiful city. Florence is well known as the “heart” of the Italian Renaissance, with its famous museums like the Uffizi Gallery, Accademia and many other lesser-known palaces with unique artworks. Step into the world of Renaissance art and get amazed by the stories behind these masterpieces and the masters who created them.
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  • 7 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$369.31
Price varies by group size
From
$369.31
Price varies by group size
Taking safety measures

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What are Ospedale degli Innocenti hours of operation?
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Ospedale degli Innocenti hours of operation: Weekdays 8:30am-7pm, Holidays 8:30am-2pm. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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