A few km from Florence you find the multiethnic city of Prato and its beautiful countryside. It's a highly diversified area that offers historical attractions such as an Etruscan path, Medici villas and contemporary art.
Prato is also famous for its textile industry and its fine food and wine. Once in Prato, take the road to the beloved Medici countryside and explore Carmignano, Poggio a Caiano and Artimino.
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The first reference to this biscuit is found in an 18th-century Prato manuscript, and they have been produced by Antonio Mattei’s historical bakery since 1858. The ingredients of famous Prato biscotti are only flour, sugar, eggs, almonds and pine nuts, and no rising agent, butter, oil or milk is used.
This special mortadella has been made in Prato since the sixteenth century. What makes it different is that it is made with special spices and a liqueur called Alchermes. This mortadella should be eaten warm or cold, sliced or cubed, and it goes perfectly with liver paté crostini and all the other classic Tuscan starters. Check out this list of Mortadella di Prato producers
Wine has been produced in the Prato countryside since Roman times. In 1716, Carmignano was chosen by Grand Duke Cosimo III to be one of only four areas dedicated to wine production. The award of the prestigious “Motu Proprio decree” and famous Florentine “contract” imposed precise rules and regulations governing production and geographical restriction on trade. This contract made Carmignano the first “DOC” in the world. The presence of Cabernet Sauvignon or Cabernet Franc in the wine is what makes the great reds of Carmignano exquisitely unique. Today, Carmignano is one of the top 11 DOCG wines in Tuscany. Check out here the list of Carmignano DOCG wine producers.
Prato's cuisine is a simple one, based on traditions deriving from humble dishes. Among the most famous dishes, try stuffed celery (stalks of celery stuffed with ground beef and mortadella), Peaches (a local dessert made with flour, butter, eggs and sugar) and the Mantovana white cake.
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