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Once a super important institution

One of the oldest and most prestigious hospitals in Europe and quite prolific during the... read more

Reviewed 4 January 2019
thomasozbun
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Vicenza, Italy
Beautiful

Full of life and beautiful buildings Excellent eating out with gorgeous Italian food made just how... read more

Reviewed 4 October 2018
Janet H
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 January 2019

One of the oldest and most prestigious hospitals in Europe and quite prolific during the Renaissance when it had its facade decorated in a beautiful ceramic glaze frieze with figures depicting the acts of mercy.

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank thomasozbun
Reviewed 4 October 2018

Full of life and beautiful buildings Excellent eating out with gorgeous Italian food made just how the Italians like as this City is very much full of natives.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Janet H
Reviewed 11 September 2018

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...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed 3 August 2018 via mobile

If you are in the town then the tour around and under the old hospital is a must. Very interesting and gets you out of the sun for a little while

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed 15 May 2018

We were fortunate to be accosted by a local student who took great delight in explaining the old de la Robbia ceramics around the fresco. We we so lucky. don't ignore this gem of old Pistoia

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed 14 February 2018

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

Date of experience: October 2017
1  Thank anthonybassett
Reviewed 10 August 2017 via mobile

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.

Date of experience: August 2017
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Reviewed 27 July 2017 via mobile

13th century hospital which stayed working till 2013. Beautifull medical school which operated till 1844 and an interseting underground tour. English spoken.

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank MichielC488
Reviewed 6 June 2017

Unfortunately it was pretty late when we came to the plaza in front of the hospital so I couldn't take good pictures of the frontal decorations because of darkness. We tried to walk inside but could see only the hospital's waiting room, nothing of interest...More

Date of experience: April 2017
Thank Ron S
Reviewed 25 May 2017

This is a fascinating building with piles of history to it. First built in 1277 and finally in 17th century became a school for anatomy. The glazed 16th century ceramic frieze on the front of the building represents 'the seven works of mercy'. It is...More

Date of experience: May 2017
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