Prato Travel Guide

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Prato Things to Do

  • Visit the Cathedral of San Stefano

    The cathedral stands at the head of the Piazza del Duomo. At the right edge of the facade is an outside pulpit which is now only used in celebrations of the Holy Girdle. The larger part of the sculptures were done by Donatello and the rest by Michelozzo. The small tympanum above the main door is by Andrea della Robbia. The fountain standing before...

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  • Go Around to the Main Side of the...

    The main side of the Palazzo Pretorio has a fine 16C staircase which stands near a famous fountain of the city. This is called the Bacchino and is from the same time. It is by Ferdinando Tacco and it is a now a copy. The original one is now in the doorway to the Palazzo.

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  • See the Palazzo Pretorio or Galleria...

    The Palazzo Pretorio is seen here from the side that is completely built of brick in the early 13C. Just to the left of picture stands the statue of Francesco Datiniof 1340 1410. He was a leading merchant and banker who invented the letter of credit.

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  • More Famous Lippi Frescos

    On the North wall of the Chancel are works by Fiiippo Lippi especially one of the preparation for the burial of St. Stephen lead by Pope Pius II. in the group of people present , one is a self portrait of Lippi himself.

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  • More Famous Lippi Frescos

    On the North wall of the Chancel are works by Fiiippo Lippi especially one of the preparation for the burial of St. Stephen lead by Pope Pius II. in the group of people present , one is a self portrait of Lippi himself.

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  • See the Famous Filippo Lippo Salome...

    On the south wall of the Main Chancel are paintings done by Filippo Lippi and assistants. The lower work shows the Dance of Salome.

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  • Visit the Chapel of the Sacra Cingolo

    In the last arch of the nave is the Capella del Sacra Cingolo. In the last arch of the nave is the Capella del Cingolo or Holy Girdle. On the wall are works by Agnolo Gaddi done after1392 including an Annunciation. The entire chapel is adorned with other treasures including fine iron work.

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  • Visit the Chapel of the Sacra Cingolo

    In the last arch of the nave is the Capella del Sacra Cingolo. In the last arch of the nave is the Capella del Cingolo or Holy Girdle. On the wall are works by Agnolo Gaddi done after1392 including an Annunciation. The entire chapel is adorned with other treasures including fine iron work.

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  • See the Interior of the Cathedral

    The main part of the church consists of a nave with an aisle along each side. The nave is covered in alternating green and white marble strips. The columns are of dark green marble. THere is a small pulpit in the nave.

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  • Santa Maria delle Carceri

    Where?On Piazza Santa Maria delle Carceri, close to the CastleWhat?Santa Maria delle Carceri is Prato's basilica church, built on the Greek cross plan. According to the legend, the site used to be a public jail until a child saw an animated Madonna and Child image on its wall back in late 15th century, and hence it was decided to build the church...

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  • Castello dell'Imperatore

    Where?Castello dell'Imperatore is in Piazza Santa Maria delle CarceriWhat?There is not much inside, the but the outside was impressive enough for me - a nice example of the 13th century military-style architecture which, unlike many European castles, was not redecorated into a luxurious palace.It was built by the Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II,...

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  • Piazza Duomo Square

    It is a nice place to walk. Even though we were there late at night, there were some young people who were very friendly and explained a little bit about the buldings around. I really liked this place, it was so relaxing, peaceful and beautiful. I fell in love with Prato.

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  • Prato's Cathedral

    A pedestrian was very kind to inform us that this is the main catholic church of Prato dedicated to a martyr called St. Stephen. It is known that it already existed by the 10th century so, this makes it one of the most ancient churches in town. I wish I had gone inside! :(

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  • Emperor's Castle

    This castle was built by the order of the emperor and King of Sicily Frederick II. It is beautifully illuminated at night as you can see in the picture. Doing some research on the internet I found out some parts of the castle were demolished in 1930 and ended up as how it looks today.I knew it is open to the public, so bad we were in Prato at...

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  • Bacchino's Fountain ...

    ... made by Ferdinando Tacca in the 17 th century. The fountain at the Comune square is actually a replica of the original that is kept at the entrance of the Comune Palace. The original is more elegant. The child on it actually has a name - Bacco.

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  • Castello dell' Imperatore ....

    or The Emperor's Castle is the most remarkable building to see in Prato. It was built by the Hohenstaufen Emperors, Emperors of the Holy Roman Empire, in the 13 century. The structure is based on four main towers in square shape whose vertexes indicate the cardinal points. The decline of the imperial politics in Tuscany prevented the completion of...

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  • Biscotti

    This is more than a tip - it's a must!Prato is famous for its "biscotti" (cookies).I'm sure most of you think you've had the authentic "biscotti di Prato" in some gourmet New York restaurant, or in some nice coffee shop! Some of you are probably saying: I bought the original ones at Citarella, in the Hamptons. Well, forget all the biscotti you've...

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  • Duomo (Cathedral) di Santo Stefano

    Cathedral of S. Stefano wouldn’t impress with its size but with its beauty. It’s one of the most beautiful Romanesque-Gothic churches in Tuscany. It’s colorful white and green façade and rich interior are really marvelous.

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Prato Hotels

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  • Hotel San Marco

    Piazza San Marco, 48, Prato, 59100, Italy

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

  • Hotel Hermitage - Prato

    Via Ginepraia 112, Poggio a Caiano, Prato, 59016, Italy

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

  • Hotel Giardino

    Via Magnolfi, 2/4/6, Prato, 59100, it

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

Prato Restaurants

  • pizza and coffee

    This is a charming place to eat. It is located in the Piazza Duomo square so, on its terrace you have a great view of the cathedral. I just ordered a 'cafe fredo' and my friends had local beer. Stefano, the owner, was always kind and helpful in guiding us what to order.When we entered, there were italian music but as soon as Stefano found out we...

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  • Biscotti

    Italians are masters of cookies which they call buscotti. Prato is famous for a particular kind of biscotti with nuts that go wonderfully with their regional wine named Vin Santo. They usual way is to dip the biscotti into these deliciouslly sweet wine.

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  • A cheap option

    This isn't the best place in the world. It's not exactly a pub, as the name suggests - more like a pizzeria with draft beer and a cheesey old look. The pizza is okay, the price is reasonable, the beer is drinkable.Ten years ago, I was one of the many 15 yearolds that pack this place on saturday night. All other days, it's a place for college...

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  • Best fish in town

    This is the fanciest place in town. The fish is great, but it comes with a high price tag.Service is usually excellent. The fish is always fresh. Quite a bit snobbish environment.Not my favorite place, but if you like fish, and have money to spend, and don't wanna go Livorno to get some fresh, this is your place to be.

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  • Another popular place

    Once managed by the same owner of La Fontana, I think this place is now on its own.It is a very popular place, always packed on Saturday nights. They serve a variety of foods, and pizza too.Overall, it is a good place. If you don't like noisy places, this restaurant isn't for you. Make sure you get a reservation for dinner. The seafood salad...

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  • A classic

    This restaurant has been here forever. It is one of the best in Prato. I haven't been here in a couple years, but all my memories are good. This is typical food from Prato. Maybe just a bit too expensive. The steak is great. I know I'm always suggesting the same dish (steak in one form or another, but it just happens to be so good around here).

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Prato Nightlife

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    by kenadams Written Sep 10, 2004

    This scottish style pub used to be a pretty nice spot to hang out. I've worked as a bartender here for about a year and it was nice and always packed with people. I haven't been here in the past couple of years, after the place changed ownership. I was told it isn't as nice as it used to be.
    Tennents Lager/Super/Scoth Ale served among other brands of beer.

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Prato Transportation

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    by aliante1981 Written Nov 23, 2003

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    This was the way I used during my trip there in November 2003. Itýs relatively easy to get there using railways, since it lies on the main line connecting Milan with Rome and Naples, passing through Bologna and Florence. Prato itself is just 10-20 minutes by train from the Tuscanyýs capital of Florence.

    However, thereýs one thing to remember if you decide on the railway as the means of transportation. Keep in mind that some trains do not stop in Prato. Eurostar Italia trains (the fastest and the most comfortable of the internal Italian trains), for example, do not make this stop. But with all the other trains, like Regional, Interregional, InterCity you should be OK.

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Prato Shopping

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    by cinthya_in_victoria Updated Jan 2, 2009

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    Coming out from the Hotel President, on the right side you will find this supermarket. Needless to say it has great prices compared with the ones you get in the tourstic areas. Examples:
    A Milka chocolate bar: Esselunga: 0.69€. Turistic places: 2.30€!!!
    2 8mm casettes: Esselunga 8.30€. Touristic places 10€ each!!

    Save your money and go to the local supermarkets.

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Prato Off The Beaten Path

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    by norvegiasara Updated Mar 19, 2007

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    bisenzio river is a good walk around the city!
    the bisenzio passes through val di bisenzio a nice mountain zone around the city!

    bisenzio river

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