Spedale degli Innocenti – Hospital of the Innocents.

The Spedale degli Innocenti - Hospital of the Innocents is located in Piazza Santissima Annunziata, which can be reached from the Duomo (cathedral) by taking Via dei Servi until you reach the square at its end.


Address: 12 Piazza Santissima Annunziata
Times: every day from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm, closed on Tuesdays.
Price: 13 €.

The facade of the hospital of the Innocents


In 1419 the Corporation of the Soyeux entrusted Brunelleschi with the construction of an asylum for abandoned children, which received its first residents in 1445.


The columned portico is a reference to antiquity and will drive a new type of architecture in Florence.


The glazed terracotta medallions representing swaddled infants were added in 1487 by Andrea della Robbia.

Medallion representing an infant


Les cortili – (the courtyards)

The men's courtyard was reserved for young boys and allowed them to enter the church of Santa Maria degli Innocenti whose door is surmounted by an Annunciation by Andrea della Robbia. On the right, the women's courtyard has a loggia on the second floor.


The Annunciation of the Hospital of the Innocents

A courtyard of the Hospital des Innocents



On the second floor, the rooms are dedicated to various works by Florentine artists.
The gallery of the hospital of the Innocents

The altarpiece of the Adoration of the Magi by Domenico Ghirlandaio was painted for the high altar of the church.


Adoration of the Three Wise Men at the Hospital of the Innocents


The monuments of Florence