Ospedale degli Innocenti

Ospedale degli Innocenti: Our most recommended tours and activities

Florence: Hospital of the Innocents Guided Tour

1. Florence: Hospital of the Innocents Guided Tour

Discover the ancient history of Spedale degli Innocenti, the Hospital of the Innocents, on a guided tour of Europe’s first orphanage. Learn of the inspiring origins of this 15th century institution, and of the orphaned or abandoned children who were cared for here through the ages. Marvel at the architectural talent of Brunelleschi who finished the structure in 1419, making it one of the oldest works of Renaissance architecture. Stroll through Piazza della Santissima Annunziata and its distinct arches, called Loggia del Brunelleschi, which are considered a symbol of Florence. Today, the building houses two kindergartens, a nursery school, three homes for the children, and Unicef offices. Inside, you will also visit the Museum of the Innocents, with enlarged and renovated exhibition space across three levels. Walk the 600 year old path full of tales of hope and tragedy. Peruse the personal memories of the "nocentini", cards that were written by almost every child welcomed here from the 15th to the 17th century with details of their lives. Explore the museum gallery which displays works by Botticelli, Ghirlandaio , the nurses' choir, and other artistic treasures.

Florence by Bike: 2-Hour Guided Photography Tour

2. Florence by Bike: 2-Hour Guided Photography Tour

Focus on Florence – A photographic tour of Florence by bike Take a guided trip through the historical center of Florence to learn about this city of art and history and see and photograph some of its most compelling views on a 2-hour tour of more than 20 of its top attractions. Traveling by bicycle allows you to cover more of the city on this photographic odyssey through Florence, visiting both well known sites and hidden gems, and stopping at the best vantage points to take the perfect picture. At the end of the tour, the best photo taken, as judged by a photography expert, wins a prize. The entire center of the city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and this eco-friendly tour departs from Piazza Santissima Annunziata, home of the National Archaeological Museum and Spedale degli Innocenti. Continue through aristocratic streets and stop at the Synagogue and the historic Flea Market. Pause for a photo in front of Santa Croce Church, a symbol of Florence, known for its stunning 14th-Century frescoes. Leaving the Santa Croce district, you will pass the home of Michelangelo and cross over the Arno River via the famous Ponte Vecchio. Visit Porta San Niccolò, Pitti Palace and the Santo Spirito Church, containing a crucifix carved by Michelangelo, before cycling back over the Arno to Piazza Signoria. Stop to catch your breath and snap a photo at the Neptune Fountain and the magnificent Medici Palazzo Vecchio. No trip to Florence is complete without seeing Piazza Repubblica and the extraordinary Duomo, the last stops of the 2-hour tour. The easy-to-operate bicycles come with helmets for your safety and an earphone so that you can easily hear your personal tour escort.

Florence: "6 Underground" Minicar Experience

3. Florence: "6 Underground" Minicar Experience

Six contemporary heroes, a green car, and the monuments of the cradle of the Renaissance comprise this unique experience. Your tour will combine a passion for action movies alongside the setting of the beauty of one of the most famous cities in the world: Florence. An authentic minicar will be your form of transportation, as you visit the locations where Michael Bay's action movie was filmed. You'll be sure to recognize the courtyards of Palazzo Vecchio and Palazzo Medici Riccardi, as well as Piazza Santa Trinita and the Column of Justice. It is at this location that the cars have staged a carousel, miraculously avoiding pedestrians and dogs. You will later arrive in Piazza della Signoria, traveling through Piazzale degli Uffizi up to the balcony overlooking the Arno River. Here you will discover one of the location highlights from the Netflix series, just under the arches of the Vasari Corridor. Finally, you will travel from the feet of the statue of Ferdinando I Medici from where you will be able to appreciate views of Brunelleschi's Dome. This monument is the symbol of Florence, and is at the same time a parkour playground for one of the protagonists of the film: the Acrobat.

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