ISTITUTO DEGLI INNOCENTI
The Symposium venue is Istituto degli Innocenti, a historical building located in one of the most beautiful squares of Florence, Piazza SS. Annunziata.
The Spedale degli Innocenti was a children's orphanage designed by Filippo Brunelleschi
in 1419. The hospital, facing piazza Santissima Annunziata
with its loggia, is one of the best examples of the Italian Renaissance architecture.
The building, elevated above the level of the piazza by a set of steps running along the entire length of the façade, was constructed in several phases of which only the first one was under Brunelleschi's direct supervision.
An important feature of the building are the "Tondi"
, located above each column of the façade. In Brunelleschi's original idea, they were supposed to be blank, but later on Andrea della Robbia
was commissioned to fill them in. The design features a baby in swaddling clothes on a blue wheel, which recalls the horizontal wheel in the wall where abandoned babies could be left.
The Istituto degli Innocenti is just a short walk from Florence's major artistic and cultural sites, and it is also close to the city's most well-known and central hotels.
All facilities are handicap accessible.