Behind the line of ambulances on Piazza del Duomo is the beautifully curated and lesser known museum of the Misericordia; a confraternity suppling services to the sick and needy dating back to the 13th century.
Follow the sign to the museum entrance to where your directed via a lift to the 4th floor of this newly renovated museum.
This has been the site of the Venerable Arciconfraternita della Misericordia (Venerable Confraternity of Mercy) since 1244, providing charity and solidarity to the city of Florence by assisting the sick, or transporting the deceased. Through the Black Death, wars and the floods of Florence, the confraternity have helped the citizens, and continue to do so until this day.
I don’t want to give too much away, as I really urge you to pay a visit yourself! My guide for the visit was the wonderful Rosanna who really took the time to take me around the museum and gave an in-depth tour of the rooms.
The museum is free, but they greatly appreciate donations. The museum is open Monday to Friday 10am – 2pm and 3pm – 5pm, and Saturdays 10am – 12pm.
Plus there’s a great view at the end!