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Il Duomo di Prato
Historical sites

The Buonamici Garden

A garden rich in history in the heart of Prato

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In Prato lies a rich garden full of history and surprises, including the ancient defensive city walls that date back to 1000 A.D. and others that have yet to be cultivated. In addition to a space for conducting events and initiatives, this hanging garden invites the public to visit medieval places that demonstrate the city's evolution. The current objective is to make this space useful for the public and increase the value of its archeological heritage that came to light during its restoration. Notably, within the garden, stands a tower whose limestone base belongs to the 12th century.

The remains of a farm also within the garden reveal two brick floors laid in fish spine patterns, demonstrating that the garden's elements are not solely medieval. The garden is surrounded by high city walls and a unique embankment; the only in the city built upon the remains of ancient Prato, while the others were built upon ruins of the turreted houses of Guazzalotti.

Banci Buonamici Palace lies in Prato's most central zone, and today serves as the chair of the Province of Prato, occupying the entire block between the squares of the town hall, San Francesco and of Santa Maria in Castello and Piazzetta delle Bigonge. The complex, with two principle centers, is today owned by the Buonamici family, who had been the owners since 1787.

The building's facade carries a 17th century flavor, with ancient tracks of the Guazzalotti family lodgings and a pillar decorated by alternating strips of limestone and green serpentine. The rear neo-15th century style facade is connected to the hanging garden across from an elegant double staircase.
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