Prato is a city of 186,710 habitants of Tuscany,immediately to the west of Florence, it is capital of the homonymous province since 1992.
The city is famous in Italy and worldwide textile production and the famous biscuit with almonds better known as "cantuccio".
In recent decades, Prato, has enjoyed a significant population boom and increased immigration. In fact it is currently the second city of Tuscany, the third of central Italy (after Rome and Florence) and the eighteenth in Italy for its population.
Prato and its Province are located in the heart of Tuscany, ideal location to reach the other famous cities in the region. The city and its surrounding area offer interesting and prestigious artistic itineraries, nature and gastronomy.
Spend the holidays in Prato means for tourists to dive into the past with an eye towards the future, a journey that goes to contemporary art from the Etruscans.
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 is nonetheless rich with history, art, and great food. It's a great place to stay and save a few dollars 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 square km. Located at the foot of the mountain of Retaia, is the highest peak of the town of Prato is the mountain Cantagrilli. The river through meadows and the Bisenzio, a tributary of the Arno.
In the province of Prato there are airports for civilian use. The nearest airports are: Tuscan Regional Airport Galileo Galilei di Pisa e the Amerigo Vespucci di Firenze.
AIRPORT OF PISA - PRATO
At the airport train station Pisa airport, which is directly connected with: the Santa Maria Novella station in Florence and Pisa Central Station (line Pisa - Lucca - Pistoia - Firenze). The airport is very close to the Pisa Nord motorway. From the Pisa Nord motorway should 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.
AIRPORT OF FIRENZE – PRATO
The Amerigo Vespucci 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 Santa Maria Novella and Florence Rifredi using the bus. Arriving by car from Florence to 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 the bus Cap and Lazzi. .
Driving 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 Central Station of Prato is a large railway station serving the city of Prato. It is located on the Florence-Bologna and Florence-Prato-Pistoia-Lucca-Viareggio. There are also two other stations in the city, Prato Porta al Seraglio and the new station of Prato Borgonuovo.
The Station of Prato Porta al Serraglio 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 inaugurated on December 11, 2005. It is the latest of the city. 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.
Duomo of Prato: leaving the Piazza of Comune and leaving along the Corso Mazzoni you reach the large Piazza del Duomo, where stands 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 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 pulipito was designed specifically for the Exposition of the Holy Girdle of the Virgin Mary, preserved in the chapel inside the Basilica.Splendidi and precious are the frescoes by Filippo Lippi in the Cappella Maggiore, the famous dance of Salome. Adjacent to the cathedral is the Bishop's Palace (XIV-XVII 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:
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 walls: within 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.
Piazza San Marco: This is one of many contemporary works of art that the city hosts. The square-shaped cut of the famous contemporary sculptor Henry Moore.
Emperor's Castle': Fortress, also known as Santa Barbara or Swabian castle, can be considered the most important architectural evidence of centuries XI-XIII.
Piazza del Comune: created at the end of the thirteenth 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).
Town Hall: Located in Piazza del Comune in Prato, overlooking Praetorian Palace. It 'was created as the seat of the priors, linking different buildings. Currently it houses the Town Hall. In the hall of the Municipal Council are held two frescoes of the fourteenth 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.
Praetorian Palace: is the old Town Hall Lawn, located in the town square in front of the current Town Hall. Since 1912 it houses the Museo Civico.
Datini Palace: it was the home of the famous merchant Francesco di Marco Datini (Prato 1335-1410). He leaves an important witness to himself, made up of records and correspondence, which constitute a substantial fund today filed with the State Archives of Prato, which is housed in the old house.
ASPETTANDO HEMINGWAY  - Libreria art cafè: Via del Carmine, 15 - Prato. Telefono: 380 6808732, E-mail: email@example.com .
BABALOO  - Ristorante bar pub: Via Roma, 2/4 (Porta S. Trinita) - Prato. Telefono: 0574 448600. Wednesday: Four-course vegetarian menu at 20 euros. Sunday: Acoustic appetizer buffet and DJ sets from 19.00 to 23.00.
EXENZIA CLUB : Via Ettore Sambo, 10 - Prato. Free admission for members ACSI. Cellulare: 336 3722344 - 333 3546607, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org . Concerts of various kinds, smoking area inside.
HOP STORE : Via Terracini, 11 - Prato. Telefono: 0574 440629. Academy has the status of beer.
I FRANCESCAIOLI  - Ristorante - pizzeria - pub: Piazza San Francesco 8 - Prato. Telefono 0574 607499. Cellulare 348 7723940, e-mail: email@example.com . Monday: closed and open for lunch and dinner. Tuesday to Sunday: Open for lunch and dinner. Thursday and Sunday: Luca Moriani live. Friday: live music. Saturday: DJ set Eighties rock and pop with the Polda.
KELLERPLATZ : Via Migliorati, 7 - Prato. Telefono 0574 41364. Concerts and live music.
LA PASSERELLA  – music – discobar – lounge - dinner: via Sant'Antonio - Prato. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org . Open daily.
LE BARRIQUE  - Wine bar: Via G. Mazzoni, 19 - Prato. Telefono e fax: 0574 30151, E-mail: email@example.com . Aperitif every evening. Wine-tasting.