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Ospedale del Ceppo

Piazza Giovanni XXIII, Pistoia, Italy
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Ranked #3 of 30 attractions in Pistoia
Type: Architectural Buildings, Landmarks/ Points of Interest
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London, United Kingdom
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225 reviews 225 reviews
70 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2013

Billed as a 'subterranean' experience thus tour turned out to be h highlight of our holiday. We didn't know what to expect but it's a guided walk along a former river course that was covered over as the medieval hospital gradually expanded over the next 600 years. You are only about 3 metres underground but it's fascinating! We were the... More

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Rock Hill, South Carolina
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31 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2013

Most attractions are churches and homes, but this is a hospital that still seems very real if scary in its rudimentary understanding of medicine. The interior art work will cause you to catch your breath in its realism. Fortunately, just outside on the square is a restaurant with good pasta and better wine. Try to go to Pistoia on market... More

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2012

This is a must-see when visiting Pistoia. The tour takes you underneath the hospital to various archaeological excavations which show the different phases of the development of the city and then on into the historic parts of the hospital, including the lavishly decorated anatomical theatre (the smallest in the world apparently!), and a display of old surgical instruments. We were... More

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Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2012

The most important building in Pistoia. Il Ceppo is the first hospital in Italy and the decorations are wonderful. Definitely to be visited.

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Florence, Italy
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2012

Amazing architecture - do visit for sure in case you are visiting this area. The whole building has works belonging to different centuries. Some parts are decorated with beautiful ceramic tiles making the facade very attractive.

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tucson, az
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2012

I have never seen anything like it. We most especially liked the hospital and the old surgical instruments they used.

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pisgah forest
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2010

This museum is unusual, that it shows a city under the city. Not so much as buildings, but what was, before the above city. We had a guide which pointed out the difference in old materials used in times gone by. It was a great experience. This is one museum that should not be missed.

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