From the ground, it’s difficult to notice all of the fresco's beautiful details, like the stylus marks made in fresh plaster to outline figures or the gesso (plaster) used to build the halos. Look closely and you might notice decorative banding delineating the narrative scenes, something lost in reproductions but that is vital to the overall effect. Visit the high chapel to see this wonder up close, as guided tours are available by reservation (email: email@example.com)
While in Prato, take some time to walk around the city and explore everything it has to offer, from the cathedral’s museum to medieval and Renaissance palaces, a stunning contemporary art museum (the Luigi Pecci Center for Contemporary Art) and excellent shopping in both the city and Prato's factory outlets (Prato has always held an important role in the fashion industry). You’ll also find a textile museum with fascinating rotating exhibitions. Prato is known for its famed relic of the Madonna's girdle, an artifact celebrated a few times a year. Check out this article and video of the display of Prato's sacra cintola.