In the last few decades, Prato has enjoyed a significant population boom and increased immigration. It is now the second largest city in Tuscany, third largest in central Italy (after Rome and Florence) and the eighteenth largest in Italy.
Prato is the low-profile cousin of Florence and Pisa in the Central Italy region of Tuscany. Not as mobbed with tourists and without the typical tourist ripoffs it nonetheless has a history and artistic heritage dating back to the Etruscan civilisation and everything since, plus great food. It's a great place to stay and save a few euros while doing day trips to Pisa or Florence.
As regards the area, Prato is a city that is part of the north-east and covers about 100 km². Located at the foot of the mountain of Retaia, it is bisected by the Bisenzio River, a tributary of the Arno.
phone: +39 574 24112address: Piazza Buonamici, 7
The nearest airports are Galileo Galilei di Pisa close to Pisa and Amerigo Vespucci di Firenze close to Florence.
From the airport of Pisa to Prato
The train station at Pisa airport is directly connected with the Santa Maria Novella station in Florence and Pisa Central Station (line Pisa - Lucca - Pistoia - Florence). The airport is very close to the Pisa Nord motorway. From the Pisa Nord motorway take the A11 motorway and continue towards Florence. West Lawn toll is about 65 km from Pisa, while the exit Prato Est is about 73 km away.
From the airport of Florence to Prato
The Amerigo Vespucci Airport is located in Peretola and is as close to the province of Prato. The airport is not directly connected to the railway line. You can reach the station of Firenze Santa Maria Novella and Florence Rifredi using the bus. Arriving by car from Florence in Prato is very simple: the airport is the A11 motorway exit "Firenze Nord", which is only 5 km from the exit Prato Est and 13 km from the exit West Prato. There is a bus service between the airport and Prato (Prato Central Station) operated by Cap Autolinee Prato.
By carDriving in Italy is not for the faint-of-heart and Prato is no exception especially in the old center of the city where the city walls, narrow streets, and ubiquitous pedestrian zones make navigating and parking particularly difficult.
The station is a railway station railway Maria Antonia. Least, is the second station in the city of Prato. Among the three stations of the city is the closest to the old town, being only five minutes walk from Piazza del Duomo.
The station of Prato Borgonuovo is a small station on the outskirts of the city of Prato. It is located on the Florence-Prato-Pistoia-Lucca-Viareggio, has two tracks and two small loops shelters. On the first track passing convoys for Pistoia, Lucca and Viareggio. While the second track the convoys to Prato Central and Firenze Santa Maria Novella. Only regional trains stop.
By busCap Autolinee Prato operate five lines:
- LAM blu (blue): Repubblica - Centro Città - Maliseti
- LAM arancio (orange): Stazione Centrale - Piazza Carceri - Piazza San Domenico - Galciana
- LAM rossa (red): Galceti - S. Lucia - Centro Città - Paperino - S. Giorgio - S. Giusto
- LAM-MT viola (purple): Prato - Montemurlo - Montale - Oste - Agliana
- LAM-MT azzurra (light blue): Prato - autostrada A11 - Firenze. This line goes to Firenze via the airport.
- LAM-MT azzurra (light blue): Prato - Poggio a Caiano - Comeana - Seano - Carmignano
See route map for details and timetables. All of the above lines have a stop near the main train station Stazione Centrale and pass through the city centre/historic centre (centro città or centro storico).
By footThe old centre can easily be discovered by foot.
By taxiTaxis can be typically found at Piazza Duomo, Piazza Stazione and Via Cavour. You can also call a taxi with this number: +39 574 5656.
Duomo of PratoAt the large Piazza del Duomo is the Cathedral of Santo Stefano. A splendid example of Romanesque - Gothic Tuscan, the Cathedral is characterized by clever use of two colors on alberese clear and serpentine green marble from Prato, typical materials of the town until 1400. On the right side of the front is the famous pulpit, built between 1433 and 1438 by Michelozzo and decorated by Donatello. The pulpit was designed specifically for the Exposition of the Holy Girdle of the Virgin Mary, preserved in the chapel inside the Basilica. There are splendid, precious frescoes of the "Dance of Salome" by Filippo Lippi in the Cappella Maggiore.
Bishop's PalaceAdjacent to the cathedral is the Bishop's Palace (14th-17th century), part of which is occupied by the Museo dell'Opera del Duomo.
In the territory of Prato, probably since the eighth century, there was a reorganization of the Church with the division into districts that were owned by new churches, the churches (from plebs, the people, namely the community of the baptized), with the baptismal font. The churches listed below are those that were already in medieval churches and are included in the diocese of Prato:
- San Giusto in Piazzanese
- San Lorenzo a Usella
- San Michele a Montecuccoli
- San Pietro a Figline
- San Pietro a Iolo
- San Vito e San Modesto a Sofignano
- Santa Maria a Colonica
- Santa Maria a Filettole
- Sant'Ippolito e San Cassiano
- Sant'Ippolito in Piazzanese
Prato was long known as "City of the Virgin" for the strong Marian devotion that, initially linked to the veneration of the Sacred Belt, then grew with the construction of shrines dedicated to Our Lady (three parishes are today), these are is recently added one dedicated to St. Anthony Mary Pucci.
Fourteenth-century wallsWithin these gathered almost all the major historic buildings. The hexagonal circuit of the walls enclosing the original core city of Prato, dotted with ancient tower houses.
Castello dell'ImperatoreFortress, also known as Santa Barbara or Swabian castle, can be considered the most important architectural evidence of the 9th-13th centuries.
Piazza del ComuneCreated at the end of the 13th century, the intersection of two main roads of the city. In the central area of the square is the Fountain of Bacchino, which was cast in bronze between 1659 and 1665 by Ferdinando Tacca, during the recognition status of city of Prato. In front of City Hall (located in the square) is also found in white Carrara marble statue dedicated to the merchant of Prato, Francesco Datini Antonio Garella (1896).
phone: +39 574 1836220address: Piazza del Comune, 2It was created as the seat of the priors, linking different buildings. It houses the Town Hall. In the hall of the Municipal Council are held two frescoes of the 14th century, representing an Allegory of Justice and Majesty. Inside the building are kept several portraits of the Podestà of Prato and the Granduchi of Tuscany.
phone: +39 574 1934996 or +39 574 1837860 (on weekends)address: Piazza del ComuneThe old Town Hall Lawn, located in the town square opposite of the current Town Hall. Since 1912 it has housed the Museo Civico. After major restoration works the palace and museum opened again in 2013 to the public.
Sculpture by Henry Moore
Centro per l'Arte Contemporanea "Luigi Pecci"phone: +39 574 5317address: Viale della Repubblica 277
Museo dell'Opera del DuomoThis museum is adjacent to the cathedral and occupies parts of the Bishop's Palace (14th-17th century).
phone: +39 574 611503address: Via Puccetti 3
Fondazione Museo e Centro di Documentazione della Deportazione e Resistenzaphone: +39 574 470728address: Via di Cantagallo, 250 (in Figline)Museum of Deportation and centre of documentation.
Galleria virtualeart museum of "Images of the sacred" permanent exhibition.
Quadreriacollection of paintings held in the Town Hall.
address: Via Benedetto Cairoli, 59Venue for operas, theatre plays and concerts. Built in 1830.
address: Via Garibaldi, 33/35
Corteggio storico di PratoAnnual event in September
phone: +39 574 25756address: Via Ricasoli, 20Has made delicious biscotti di Prato since 1858.
- There is a large Coop supermarket near Piazza San Marco between the historic city centre and the main train station.
phone: +39 338 8917671, +39 0574 483010address: via Strozzi, 207
Ristorante Pizzeria Da Giovanni - Cavallino Rossophone: +39 0574 23143address: v. Pistoiese, 26
phone: +39 0574 572917address: v. Ferrucci, 173
Ristorante Pizzeria Il Mercantephone: +39 0574 627174address: v. Traversa il Crocifisso, 47
Ristorante Pizzeria Lo Scogliophone: +39 574 22760address: Via Verdi, 42
Fancy King - Ristorante Pizzeriaphone: +39 0574 581343address: v. Valentini, 21
phone: +39 0574 596700address: v. Valentini, 133Di Adorni Eraldo & C. s.n.c.
Ristorante Pizzeria Il Piccolo Borgophone: +39 0574 643060address: v. Ferro, 390/b
phone: +39 0574 634478address: v. Guinizelli, 20
phone: +39 0574442903address: Viale Galileo Galilei, 21
phone: +39 574 25746address: Via Giuseppe Valentini, 110
phone: +39 0574 550353address: Via Zarini 289
Ristorante Pizzeria Sancho Panzaphone: +39 0574757383address: Via Giuseppe Valentini, 39
phone: +39 0574 448619address: Piazza Mercatale, 107
phone: +39 0574 400730address: Via Mazzini Giuseppe, 37
Pizzeria Re Nudophone: +39 0574 27720address: Via Baldinucci Quirico, 3Di Quattrocchi Domenico.
La Vecchia Cucina di Soldanophone: +39 0574 34665address: Via Pomeria, 23
phone: +39 0574 448600address: Via Roma, 2/4 (Porta S. Trinita)Ristorante bar pub.
phone: +39 0574 580788address: Via Strobino 1.
phone: +39 393 1151351address: Via Dino Saccenti, 31/33 - PratoFree admission for members ACSI. Concerts start at 23:00. Closed: Monday and Tuesday.
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phone: +39 336 3722344, +39 333 3546607address: Via Ettore Sambo, 10Rock club with concerts of various kinds. Smoking area inside. Free admission for members ACSI.
phone: +39 0574 440629address: Via Terracini, 11Beers from Italy, the UK, Belgium and Germany.
phone: +39 0574 607499, +39 348 7723940address: Piazza San Francesco 8Ristorante - pizzeria - pub
phone: +39 0574 41364address: Via Migliorati, 7Concerts and live music.
Le BarriqueWine bar: Via G. Mazzoni, 19 - Prato. Aperitif every evening. Wine-tasting.
Palasport Bowling Pratophone: +39 0574 591310address: Via F. Ferrucci 309
Pub Mostodolcephone: +39 0574 21973address: Via Dell' Arco, 6.
phone: +39 0574 35906address: Via Traversa Pistoiese, 83alternative club
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- Wall Art Hotel : Viale della Repubblica, 4/6/8. Tel: +39 0574 389981, +39 0574 596600, fax: +39 0574 575335.
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- Flora Hotel : Via Cairoli Benedetto, 31. Tel: +39 0574 33521, +39 0574 400289, email: email@example.com .
- Golf Residence di Residence Golf Hotel S.R.L.: Traversa Il Crocifisso, 24/N. Tel: +39 0574 621054, +39 0574 623195.
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- Florence, right next door, is the obvious place for day trips
- The hill town of Fiesole is another neighbour of Florence, with its own Etruscan-to-now history and charm.
- Lucca — Puccini's birthplace; beautiful old town surrounded by ancient walls
- Pisa — for the world famous Leaning Tower and the rest of the Campo dei Miracoli
- Siena, a Medieval city with a unique character, history and great artistic heritage