Available: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday,
Languages: Italian, English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese
Duration: 60 minutes
Santa Maria Nuova Special Opening
Opened in 1288 in the very heart of
Florence, the hospital can boast the record of not having closed a single day,
not even during the terrible flood of 1966. The story of the hospital is
intertwined with the one of the Portinari family, the Florentine bankers,
Leonardo da Vinci who used this venue to experiment on anatomy, and the history
of scientific knowledge.
We will stroll through centuries of
Florentine excellences, while exploring the museum, the history of scientific
evolution and the astonishing collection of the annexed Saint Egidio church. Together we will talk about spices, herbs, special healing porridges, shared beds, creative solutions and about the great history of Italian volunteers.
We will get real close to masterpieces by Lorenzo Ghiberti, Alessandro Allori, Giovanni da San Giovanni and Bicci di Lorenzo. We will visit the hospital treasures in the mezzanine, the herb cloister and the bone cloister, we will then proceed to the hall of Martino the 5th and enter the otherwise inaccessible matroneum of Sant'Egidio church.
This is a unique itinerary, perfect even for those who think they have seen everything there is to see in Florence.
As some areas are quite narrow please contact us at email@example.com for groups bigger than 14 people
Appropriate dress code is required, therefore knees and shoulders should be covered.
Professional guide service.
Rain or shine, we'll be there with a smile.