Via Ser Lapo Mazzei, 43, Prato
Francesco Datini was one of the richest merchants of his time. Thanks to his commercial activities—selling weapons, jewels and spices—he was able to widen his trading potential and make use of primary trade routes, expanding his markets to include wool and textiles from Prato. His company, dedicated to textiles and financing, had branches in Italy and abroad, including the entire Mediterranean region and Egypt.
Palazzo Datini in Prato is located near ‘Porta Fuia’ and it was the merchant’s main headquarters and it hosted many illustrious figures such as members of the Gonzaga Dynasty and the King of Sicily, Luigi II d’Angio.
Purchased in 1354, the palace’s decoration was entrusted to painter Niccolò di Pietro Gerini and his workshop in 1390. It is to him that we owe the palace’s famed ‘Saint Christopher’ and the fresco cycles that grace its court. In the other rooms, you’ll find works by other painters like Agnolo Gaddi, Niccolò Gerini, Bartolomeo di Bertozzo and Tommaso del Mazza.