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Museo degli Innocenti

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Address: Piazza Santissima Annunziata 13, 50122, Florence, Italy (Formerly Ospedale degli Innocenti)
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+39 055 203 7308
10:00 - 19:00
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Go to the caffe verone, on the 5th floor!

You can visit the Caffe Verone without going through the museum. It is on the 5th floor, very modern, new, and offers magnificent views of Florence and its surroundings. Besides... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
The Hague, The Netherlands
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Victoria, Canada
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

Hard to say much more than that! Urine is the dominant smell. Hopefully the renovations are aimed at cleaning up the dirty. The paved square is uninteresting. I find it telling that the central statue is just about the only statue figure I know WITHOUT a pigeon on his head - even the pigeons know it's an uninteresting place to... More 

Thank SyrinxSounds
The Hague, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 1 week ago

You can visit the Caffe Verone without going through the museum. It is on the 5th floor, very modern, new, and offers magnificent views of Florence and its surroundings. Besides, what they serve is very good also, and the staff is very pleasant. This is a jewel, just way from the mainstream tourism!!

Thank js4vt
Bucharest, Romania
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was my first museum that I visited in Florence; I had a professional interest and I have not been dissapointed. It is an interactive museum and you have to stay around 2 hours to grasp the information and the experience. The only thing that I regret is that they do not have such a rich shop. I looked for... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A stark contrast to all the Medici opulence you'll soak up in the rest of Florence, this was Europe's first ever orphanage. A beautiful building designed by Brunelleschi himself, the history of this foundling hospital is moving and important. The new museum does a great job of telling the stories and honouring as many of the children abandoned here as... More 

Thank GlasgowChocaholic
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Florence is so full of amazing art and architecture it would take months to see everything. This is possibly the reason that this museum, near the Galleria D'Accademia is often overlooked. Innocenti was a children's hospital founded in the 15th century which quickly became established as the place to leave a child which was not wanted or could not be... More 

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London, UK
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Had seen on TA that the café on the top terrace of this museum was good, so as we had the Florence Card and could walk straight in, we had lunch there. Actually there is no view, just over some roofs, but there are nice filled rolls and cakes. Sadly there are only tables outside, which was cold on the... More 

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Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

Wow! What an incredible museum, dedicated to about 500 years of children left for whatever reason. The tokens left by parents are particularly moving, as are some of the stories you hear. Those people who have heard of how unmarried mothers were treated in other European countries must compare this forward thinking foundation. Of course, the architecture and artwork is... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 4 April 2017

I visited wanting to honour the memories of those abandoned foundlings from centuries ago, and left feeling pleased that some of their stories had been told. I also felt there was a lot of history not said, and pondered on the quality of the care when so many babies perished. This of course may have been due to multiple reasons... More 

Thank Vic0z
San Jose, California
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Reviewed 1 April 2017

I recently visited this museum on the recommendation of a Florentine friend, and so glad I did. It's a hidden treasure, a fascinating museum about the institution that took in foundlings and other children in need for the last 600 years. Most poignant are the drawers that contain little medals, buttons, ribbons that the children came in with, that would... More 

Thank Mary R
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Reviewed 1 April 2017 via mobile

Another lovely place to visit if you are interested in Italian Renaissance Art. Beautiful architecture by Brunelleschi, outstanding ceramics by Della Robbia and the superb Adoration of the Magi by Gentileschi. Apart from this, you can also appreciate the history of this very old Foundling Hospital. Particularly moving is an exhibition of a number of trinkets left with the children... More 

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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.
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