Prato is a cute city located 30 minutes approximately from Florence if you are looking to visit a city with fewer tourists check it out.
Although this city is full of Etruscan, Medieval and modern architecture, not a lot of people go to visit this city.
The biggest source of income of the city, since not a lot off tourist are going there, is the textile industry.
The easiest way to get around Prato is by walking, you can go on Via Garibaldi and start walking the famous pastry store Pasticceria Nuovo Mondo.
From there you will be able to figure out all the main attractions and architectures of the city just by asking people.
So now let’s find out what this city has to offer starting from the city center.
Once on Via Garibaldi, you keep going straight until you will reach the beautiful Duomo of Prato (dome) constructed in the 10th century in 100% Tuscan style with stripes of bricks black and white.
Il Castello dell’ Imperatore is another beautiful castle you can find in the main square and probably the symbol of the city of Prato.
You can visit the castle which is still preserved perfectly, 2 guards are always at the entrance and it makes it very interesting to visit. The large inner courtyard is used as a venue for concerts and events in the warm season.
Prato is well known for the modern architectures and tech contemporary arts, in fact, you go visit the Centro per l’Arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci.
This is a new museum created by the architect Italo Gamberini. The structure is very interesting and the museum as well.
On Via San Silvestro you will be in Piazza Mercatale, which is a square full of restaurants, pubs and cafés and a nice parking lot.
Then you can proceed to Piazza del Comune where you will find the Fontana del Bacchino and the Palazzo Comunale, but also the marvelous Medieval Palazzo Pretorio.
Some other monuments and museum worth a visit are:
The most popular food in Prato is the biscuits that are called at the grocery store Cantucci but that people from Prato don’t call like that.
They call these biscuits biscotti di Prato and that’s it.
One of my favorite dishes from Prato is called Panzanella, also called Panmolle, is a typical dish based, unsalted stale bread with vegetables.
Farinata con il cavolo nero is another good dish from Prato, black cabbage is used a lot in this region and it tastes awesome.
Gobbi Fritti e Rifatti is another great dish, I have no idea how to say Gobbi in English and i don’t know if it exists the translation but its vegetables that some people eat in italy, in this recipe is fried and salted with eggs.
If you want to check out some recipes here is a good link of these plates:
Prato is a nice city that can be explored even in half of a day. It is very close to Florence and if you are tired of the tourist it can be a nice replacement to Florence.
In Prato, you will a strong culinary tradition and food will be great. Prato is famous for i biscotti di Prato (cookies from Prato) and also some awesome dishes listed above.
If you are interested in visiting Prato you should go there either by train or car, it will be very easy to move around and figure out the coolest places.
There are many castles and parks and monuments, to visit.
The beautiful Castello dell’ Imperatore and the huge green area inside it is definitely different from all the other castles in the world.
This is a city is fun to walk around and very nice, I hope that you have found this guide interesting enough to go visit this city for real.
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