Prato is the third-largest city in central Italy, a “gem” often overshadowed by the nearby Florence. It is a city where you can find the perfect balance between ancient and modern times, and I would love to show you around its well preserved historical centre on this live-streamed Online Experience.
Our tour will start at the Duomo of Prato. We will walk around the Cathedral square with its imposing marble decoration and admire the peculiar Pulpit of Donatello, one of the most gifted sculptors of the Renaissance Era. Strolling down the main street, we will arrive at the Town Hall square, where the statue of Datini - one of the most important citizens of the Middle Ages, who revolutionised the banking business in Italy - awaits us. This square is also the site of the Palazzo Pretorio, the former palace of the high magistrate. It was recently turned into a museum, and displays paintings and sculptures that range from the Middle Ages to the 19th century.
Moving ahead, let us stop by a well-preserved original "House-tower" from the 13th century, and learn about some of the everyday habits of medieval citizens as we take a look around. At the Castle of the Emperor, we will marvel at the last remaining example of Suevian Architecture. On a visit to the stunning church of Santa Maria delle Carceri, I will tell you about its links to the renowned Medici family. Finally, we will end our tour at the beautiful brick church of St. Francis, which dates all the way back to the year 1282.