Ospedale del Ceppo & Pistoia Sotterranea

Ospedale del Ceppo & Pistoia Sotterranea information

Pistoia , Italy
Piazza Giovanni XXIII 13
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guided visits adult/reduced €9/8
Opening hours
9am-6pm summer, to 5pm winter
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The facade of Ospedale del Ceppo , with its 16th-century polychrome terracotta frieze by Giovanni della Robbia, stops even the most monument-weary in their tracks. It depicts the Sette Opere di Misericordia (Seven Works of Mercy), while the five medallions represent the Virtù Teologali (Theological Virtues).

Even more astonishing is the underground labyrinth that weaves its way beneath the ancient hospital.

Known as Pistoia Sotteranea, one-hour guided visits take visitors underground into the belly of the 13th-century hospital, an important school of surgery in the 16th century. Ogle at subterranean rivers, old surgical tools, scalpels and all sorts.