The doll’s hospital is a special place, where kids and adults could make their dreams come true and now is available for visiting in Naples!
Duration: 20 Minutes
Languages: Italian and English
The Doll’s Hospital was founded at the end of 19th century by Luigi Grassi, he was a scenographer of some court and puppies theatres. The idea of a Hospital that could recollect every kind of toy to fix and repair came to Luigi during a working day into his small shop in Spaccanapoli Street, when a woman entered in with a broken doll in the hands.
At that sight the artisan, who used to wear a white coat not to get dirty, reassured the woman promising her that the doll would have come back to life once again. The promise was keeped and since then, many other mums went there in order to fix the toys for their children. It was just a sentence of one of them to give the name to the shop: “Me par’ proprio o’spital’ r’e bambole” (“It seems like a dolls hospital”) and from that time on, that ‘magician’ on a small wooden board, wrote in red letters “Dolls Hospital”, adding a cross very similar to those we find in all the hospitals.
The Hospital, since then, works just like a recovery room where it is possible to find any kind of toys (whether a doll or a puppy) of every age and type waiting for their repair. Among them little damsels well-dressed, baby-dolls made of porcelain, celluloid or paper and many other ancient toys; or just puppets and toys according the Partenopean culture. It is like a real Hospital, where the little patients silently wait for their turn to be repaired.
This enchanted place can be conceived not only as an artesan’s shop, but also offers the chance to the little ones directly to create and enjoy the real experince. The guided visit will permit everybody to learn the history of the doll’s creation.