The old town hall of Prato – Palazzo Pretorio (Praetorian Palace) – is a 13th-14th century building created by the merger of three different palaces (the three original towers are still visible to a keen eye). Over the centuries, the building has gone through many changes (including a partial collapse), both external and internal, altering its original appearance. In the 19th century it was also proposed a demolition, but instead it was decided for its restoration! Today, after twenty years, the Palazzo Pretorio is getting ready to be once again the heart of the city's cultural life: it is in fact planned for the spring of 2014 the opening of the permanent collection in the renovated "Museo di Palazzo Pretorio", an innovative museum, thanks also to multimedia technologies. But this year we can already enjoy the site, thanks to two temporary exhibitions: the on-going “The Art of Plaster” (until May 26) and, in September, as part of the September events known as “Settembre Pratese”, “From Donatello to Lippi. Prato laboratory”. And while you’re in Prato, if you have a few hours of free time, you can follow this 10 steps-itinerary and discover the city’s main historical and artistic monuments.
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