Ospedale del Ceppo

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Ospedale del Ceppo
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G.B.
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The ornaments on the facade of this structure are truly unique. The very long frieze is totally in terracotta and represents the seven works of mercy. The rounds below, of equal beauty, represent instead sacred images. I suggest a guided tour to better understand the meaning of the entire work.
Written November 16, 2021
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Gavin B
Oxford, UK119 contributions
Couples
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 a bit worried when we bought the tickets as the person who sold us them informed us that the tour would not be in English (she gave us a handout in English). However, when we started the tour, the guide explained everything in Italian and also in English. Although her English wasn't perfect, her enthusiasm and willingness to try more than made up for it and we managed to get the gist of everything. Overall it is one of the best guided tours I've ever been on and I would heartily recommend it!
Written November 13, 2012
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JohnUK
London, UK939 contributions
Couples
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 only two on our tour and the guide spoke in excellent English (although her pronunciation of nurses sounded like nazis and had us in hysterics). The tour lasts about 45 minutes underground and then you a shown the old operating theatre - not much to see but they are very proud if it. Bizarrely the hospital had closed two days before our visit, having been replaced by a new building out if town so it was like the Marie Celeste. The guide told us the old part would be taken over as a museum whilst the modern parts would be demolished and redeveloped. We were worried that Pistoia wouldn't match up to the other places we visited, but this tour wouldn't have been missed for the world.
Written July 27, 2013
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bev031
pisgah forest3 contributions
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.
Written October 14, 2010
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GloriaAnchio
Philadelphia, PA180 contributions
Family
This "hospital" was hosptial, orphanage and social services center in the Renaissance era. The portico covered the area where carts woud pull up with the sick. The della Robbia ceramics depict the Seven Works of Mercy -- you don't need a guide, you can tell "feed the hungry", "visit the imprisoned", etc. They look like they were done recently -- they are so brilliant in the afternoon sun.
Written September 10, 2018
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anthonybassett
Berkshire England87 contributions
Business
this hospital was originally run by monks in the middle ages, it developed into the 21st century and has since been closed and e-located. However the ancient parts are here as a museum, see where post postmortems were held for students to watch
Written February 14, 2018
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RonL40
Utica, NY3,307 contributions
Couples
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.
Written July 25, 2015
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Jane B
UK140 contributions
Great facade with the frieze made by Della Robbia. Inside is an old hospital with free toilets.
Waiting room for the subterranean tour.
Written September 12, 2019
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Bluebell-woods
Nottingham, UK54 contributions
Family
We went on an English tour of the underground hospital tunnels. We have a 5, 7 and 18 year old and everyone loved it! A must see if you are visiting this wonderful town.
Written August 10, 2017
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Flicks33
London, UK18 contributions
Friends
For 9 euro we had the guided tour of the labyrinth. I think it was less than an hour, and the guide was excellent, and gave a basic overview of how the building was used initially, recently, through the labyrinth and explained how and why it was built as it was. Good humour and delivery of info. Well priced. Enjoyable for all ages. Duck if you are tall. I would recommend.
Written July 18, 2016
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