Between Pistoia and Florence we find tiny Prato. What do we actually know about this smallest province of Tuscany? The famous Italian Cantuccini biscuits come from this region and Prato is also known for the textile industry. But did you know that there are also unusual museums and that the painter Filippino Lippi from the early Renaissance is from Prato?
Tips in Prato
5 Tips to find out if this region suits you:
City break Tuscany
Sightseeing in Prato centre is best by foot. Discover its city walls and the Bisenzio River (not the Arno River that we find in Florence). Crossing the bridge of Ponte Mercatale, monuments like the Cathedral of Prato, the Castello dell’Imperatore, Palazzo Pretorio and the Basilica Santa Maria delle Carceri are waiting for you. Prato also has a number of unusual museums such as the grape & wine museum, the textile museum, an archaeological natural sciences museum, Quinto Martini artists’ museum and the museum of modern art.
Wedding in Tuscany
Getting married? In addition to Prato city and its industrial area, the province of Prato has fantastic green areas and hills. An ideal setting for a Tuscan wedding. ‘Tenuta Artimino’ (a villa of the Medici family) in Carmignano is a popular wedding location, where Italian and foreign couples say their ‘Sì’ word!
In Prato there is lots of history to be found. Between the 17th and 19th century the Medici families have made the city and region of Prato very rich and in this time many ‘Medici villas’ were built. Two amazing villas to visit are the ‘Medicea Ambra’ and ‘Medicea La Ferdinanda villas.’
Complete Tuscany trip
Prato’s central location allows easy day trips by train to Florence, Pistoia, Lucca, Pisa, San Gimignano and Siena to completing the Tuscan experience.
Go shopping in Prato
A shopping day in this textile city is definitely in our top 5. The shopping malls of ‘I Gigli’ and ‘Carrefour’ right between Prato and Florence, with famous Italian brands and international shops are waiting for your creditcard.
How to get to Prato
To get to Prato you can fly to Pisa or to Florence. Once arrived we advise you to rent a car to discover the province of Prato and its next door provinces Florence, Pisa, Lucca and Pistoia.