"I am in Prato, m'accontento of being in Prato, and if I was not born pratese I would not have come to the world. I say this not because pratese son, and wants to smooth the bazzar to My Prato, but because I think that the only defect of Tuscany is to not be all Prato "
Curzio Malaparte

"I have said that they inventamestieri: and in fact the trades that do Prato them if they are invented, beginning with that of being Prato, because even be the Prato is a profession, and is not among the most loose pratese means free man, and of free trade, like all know, is not among the easiest, especially in Italy "
Curzio Malaparte

"O Prato or Prato, shadow of the day lost, closed the city, strong in memory, where the fanciul compiacquero The Glory and the daughter of Francesco Buti! Spazzavento, alpe my virtuti which lustres Ferrigno as slag, where the fast parvemi Vittoria pen kite between 'your sharp rocks! O stoned Bisenzio bed where I tried the silicon focaie supervised by the teacher sad, walking on the sidelines and in silence, while the soul as your gravel faceasi hard frange every yoke!
Gabriele D'Annunzio


Exposition of the Sacred Cintola
Piazza del Duomo, September 8, Christmas, Easter, May 1st, August 15
Religious event in which the Sacred Cintola, fine wool belt that is preserved in the cathedral, belonging to the Virgin Mary gave to St. Thomas, is shown from outside the cathedral pulpit to the faithful.

Useful numbers
Agency for Tourism
Via L. Muzzi, 38 - 59100 Prato
Phone 0574 35141 - Fax 0574 607925

Getting there

  • In Car
  • By Train
    Meadow is crossed by two railway lines: the Bologna-Florence and the Florence-Lucca. The city and is well connected to major Italian cities like Rome, Milan, Florence, Bologna and Naples.
  • By Plane
    Lawn has no airport of its own. Those are the closest airport Galileo Galilei of Pisa and the Florence Amerigo Vespucci


The Etruscans lived in Prato until the V-IV century BC In Roman times the rose "Pagus Cornius" in the "lawn" around which, the Roman Empire fell, it formed a district that in the eleventh century it became the stronghold of Count Albert. It became a free Commune, Prato Pistoia defeated at the end of the twelfth century and experienced a period of economic prosperity. Dominated by the Angevins before, Guazzalotti by then, the city, exhausted by an epidemic of plague, ended in 1350 under the rule of Florence that did not limit the growth of the city.
Since the middle of the nineteenth century, the development of a modern textile industry led to a remarkable economic expansion, demographic and urban planning.