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Address: Piazza Giovanni XXIII, Pistoia, Italy
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Visit to the Frieze

It was an fantastic opportunity, to visit the scaffolding on the building and get up close and personal with the frieze. We got a personal tour for 45 minutes. Absolutely amazing!

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 30, 2015
Budapest, Hungary
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Budapest, Hungary
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62 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

It was an fantastic opportunity, to visit the scaffolding on the building and get up close and personal with the frieze. We got a personal tour for 45 minutes. Absolutely amazing!

1 Thank panka121
Barga, Italy
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220 reviews
59 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 126 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

we were able to look at this Fregio Robbiano, a 30 m long haut-relief, painted, baked (it's a terracotta) and glazed 500 years ago. It represents scenes related to the "sette opere di misericordia", in colour, "grandeur nature". it's at the same time a sculpture and a painting. Grandiose! Doesn't have that static feeling of idealized Madonnas, it's a realistic... More 

1 Thank bianches
Utica, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

You can see Della Robbia terracottas in several places in Pistoia, as well as in Florence. The Ospedale offers some of the most interesting. They are particularly interesting right now, in fact, because there is scaffolding from which you can get up close and personal. Don't miss it when you are at the piazza.

3 Thank RonL40
Norwich, United Kingdom
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41 reviews
15 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

Now until the end of August, the beautiful frieze on the front of the old hospital is being restored. It is possible to have a tour with a guide and walk up beside the wonderful 15 century panels. Do not miss this if you have the chance. It is spectacular, historic and very interesting

1 Thank Clare V
Andover, United Kingdom
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46 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

with the right guide this could be interesting sadly our guide seemed bored and did not bring this underground hospital alive. She had all the dates but didnt really tell us much apart from when the creek was diverted and the dates when the walls were built. The interesting bit was the very old anatomy builing very small and beautifully... More 

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Leuven, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

If you visit Pistoia, you should certainly take a visit to the hospital ! You can visit the smallest amphiteater in the world and the underground gallery.

Thank Proxilekke
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

The anatomical teater is Nice. Also seeing a modern - recently closed - hospital behind the famous old facade. But the newly excavated tunnel/ underground river was set up very nicely.

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London, United Kingdom
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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 

2 Thank JohnUK
Rock Hill, South Carolina
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112 reviews
71 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 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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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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