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The Spedale of Santa Maria Nuova in Florence

Donatella Lippi and Luigi Padeletti Florence, Italy   The spedale of Santa Maria Nuova was founded in June 1288 by Folco di Ricovero dei Portinari, father of Dante’s Beatrice, who bought some houses in the centre of Florence to receive poor people who needed help. At first the hospital could only accept men from the large […]