On October 9, doors open to Ss. Giovanni e Paolo and to the thirteen most beautiful and oldest hospitals in Italy

There first day National Historic Italian Hospitals of 9 October, which is only the initial event of the proposal of the Cultural Association of Italian Historic Hospitals (ACOSI), it was launched In recent days in Florence, at the headquarters of the Santa Maria Nuova Foundation. The President of ACOSIEdgardo Contato, who directs the Healthcare Company from Venice with its magnificent Santi Giovanni e Paolo Hospital, he presented the program and objectives of the Association speaking on behalf of the Association of the ten founding bodies.

Giancarlo Landini, President of the Santa Maria Nuova Foundation in Florence, did the honors. Among the speeches, those by Marco Giachetti, President of the IRCCS Ca ‘Granda Foundation Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico of Milan; by Gennaro Rispoli, President of Il Faro di Ippocrate Museum of Sanitary Arts, Hospital of the Incurables; from Paolo Galimberti, Head of Cultural Heritage IRCCS Ca ‘Granda Foundation Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico; by Mario Po ‘, Director of the Cultural and Museum Pole of the Scuola Grande di San Marco in Venice.

The hospitals open, Venice on the front line

In large historic hospitals, the beauty of the places also contributes to the effectiveness of care for those who are sick. Thus, the National Day of 9 October aims to make available the invaluable historical heritage of structures that are in all respects places of medicine, assistance and care: for this purpose the programming of the “open doors” initiative has been defined, that is a proposal from guided tours on reserved itinerarieswith free admission, in seventeen historical hospital sites out of the thirteen connected to ACOSI, from the Civil Hospital of Brescia to the Hospital of the Incurables in Milan, from the Santo Spirito in Sassia Hospital in Rome to the historic complex of the Ospedale Maggiore in Lodi.

The visit program during the day from here on it is advertised in the information channels of ACOSI and through the websites of the Hospitals and associated bodiesin which it will be possible to have the details of the organization of visits, events and itineraries in the single hospital site.

In the forefront, of course, the Civil Hospital of Venice: at SS. Giovanni and PaoloGuided tours will be organized throughout the day, for limited groups and upon reservation, e It will also be possible to visit the former San Lazzaro dei Mendicanti Hospital and the complex Of Santa Maria del Pianto; in the evening, a concert will also be offered in Venice.

Concerts in historic hospitals

Also on the day of 9 October, a musical event it will be held in the most prestigious spaces of each of the open hospitals. The musical program is organized by ACOSI thanks to the partnership with the National Academy of Santa Cecilia in Rome, as an event financed by the Ministry of Culture, and with other musical institutions. Each concert will be freeAnd in Venice the musical event will be held in the churchOf the San Lazzaro dei Mendicanti Hospital5.30 pm. They will perform The soloists of the Accademia di Santa CeciliaWhich They will propose music by Mozart, Galuppi, Malipiero. Further information on the website of the Scuola Grande di San Marco.

The volume on historic hospitals

The journey through the historic hospitals of the Bel Paese – a journey into charity, medicine, spirituality, in culture e in art – it is synthesized neitherl volume “The splendor of care. Journey to the Italian Historical Hospitals”, which presents with a wealth of illustrations and with a historical-cultural slant, the structures that are already affiliated with ACOSI. The volume is edited by Paolo M. Galimberti (Sarasvathi Edizioni, main sponsor of the Zago Family Foundation), was presented during today’s event, and will be presented and disseminated during the day of 9 October in the thirteen hospitals.

On this occasion, the dissemination of the first ACOSI 2023 Calendar.

The Protocol with The two ministries

ACOSI and its proposal are born from exponents of the world of health – underlines the President Contato – who have been able to ‘see’ the historical and artistic heritage of these centuries-old hospitals. We have long dreamed of opening to public use all these places where top-level health care activities, or daily assistance to patients, are practiced in monumental contexts, and the great medical technologies are just a few meters away from artistic masterpieces that deserve to be known. Today this ours intuition becomes reality. ACOSI, however, is not limited to a simple cultural proposal; instead it is proposed as a place in which to deepen in every possible way the deep relationships between history, art, medicine and assistance. And it is precisely this deeper look that is recognized to us, and that led the Ministry of Health and that of Culture, together, to embrace the initiative of the historic hospitals, through a specific Protocol that we commit ourselves together to preserve, with awareness and mutual support, to use the title of our first publication, the splendor of the cure, that is, the wealth of works and knowledge that constitutes the past, but also the future, of medicine and of Italian health care “.

Bodies affiliated to ACOSI

Santa Maria Nuova Hospital Florence

Santi Giovanni e Paolo Civil Hospital VENICE

Ca ‘Granda Maggiore Hospital Polyclinic MILAN

Santo Spirito Hospital in Sassia ROME

Hospital of the Incurables – MAS NAPLES

Hospital S. Antonio and Biagio and C. Arrigo ALESSANDRIA

ASST Spedali Civili BRESCIA


Local Health Unit of Romagna RAVENNA

Hospital “San Giovanni Addolorata Hospital Complex” ROME

The historic hospitals involved in the day

– in Alessandria the “Santi Antonio e Biagio” Civil Hospital with the “Borsalino” Sanatorium and the church of Gardella
– in Brescia, the Spedali Civili
– the Infirm Hospital in Faenza
– in Florence the Santa Maria Nuova Hospital and the former Psychiatric Hospital of San Salvi
– the historic Ospedale Maggiore complex in Lodi
– in Milan the Ca ‘Granda Maggiore Policlinico Hospital
– in Naples the Hospital of the Incurables with the Museum of Sanitary Arts and the Pharmacy, the former S. Maria della Pace Hospital, the Ss. Annunziata Hospital
– in Pescia the SS. Cosma and Damiano
– in Prato the former “Misericordia e Dolce” hospital
– the Santo Spirito in Sassia Hospital in Rome

– the San Giovanni Addolorata Hospital in Rome

– the G.Ceccarini Hospital in Riccione
– in Venice the SS. Giovanni e Paolo with the former San Lazzaro dei Mendicanti Hospital and the Santa Maria del Pianto complex.

The musical events already defined for October 9th

VENICE Church of San Lazzaro dei Mendicanti Hospital / 5.30 pm / Soloists of the Academy of Santa Cecilia music by Mozart, Galuppi, Malipiero

MILAN Parish hospital church SM Annunciata / 5.30 pm / Soloists of the Accademia di Santa Cecilia music by Mozart and Rolla

FLORENCE Church of Sant’Egidio, S. Maria Nuova Hospital / 11.00 am / Quartetto Henao music by Bach, Mozart, Cherubini

ROME Monumental Complex S. Spirito in Sassia / 6.00 pm / Winds of the Academy of Santa Cecilia music by Allegri, Cambini, Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Rossini (Briccialdi)

NAPLES Lazzaretto-S. Maria della Pace Hospital / 6.00 pm / Soloists of the Academy of Santa Cecilia music by Mozart, Durante, Paisiello

On October 9, doors open to Ss. Giovanni e Paolo and to the thirteen most beautiful and oldest hospitals in Italy