Originally built in the 14th century for the Compagnia della Misericordia, the Loggia del Bigallo can be found in the heart of Florence in piazza del Duomo. The building holds great importance in Florence, not only because of its history but also due to its position and vicinity to the Duomo. It features prominantly in photos and makes up part of the panorama of Piazza Duomo.
Its function was to house two charitable institutions, the “Misericordia” and the “Bigallo”. Their purpose was to offer shelter and welfare to those in need, whether poor, orphaned, pilgrams or otherwise. The Misericordia and Bigallo shared the building until 1576 when the Misericordia moved elsewhere, leaving Bigallo as its sole occupier.
The museum itself contains works of art principally dedicated to the tasks performed by the Misericodia and the Bigallo — helping children and the sick. An important example of this is the fresco “The Captains of the Misericordia Entrust Orphans to Their Adoptive Mothers” by Niccolò Gerini and Ambrogio di Baldese, (1386).
The best-known work in the museum is The Madonna of the Misercordia ( Our Lady of Mercy) by the School of Bernardo Daddi (1342) famous primarily for its celebrated depiction of Florence in the 14th century.
If you are interested in visiting the museum you can download the brochure so you have a bit more background before you go.
Monday to Saturday
Tours at 10:00am, 12:00pm, and 3:00pm
Sunday and holidays
Tours at 10:00am and 12:00pm
Closed on 8 December, 25 December, 1 January
Admission is free but reservations are required: +39 055 288 496
Florence in the 14th Century
Piazza di San Giovanni 1, Florence 50122
Tel: +39 055 288 496