Free-guided tours in Prato with That’s Prato

Explore the unexpected: join “That’s Prato”, free guided tours to discover the city. The tour program has started on May 3 and goes on for 10 Sundays in a row, aiming to promote Prato and its treasures, both in the city and around. Even thought Prato is close to Florence and rich in art, architecture, museums and good food, many tourists don’t visit it, so the Prato Chamber of Commerce and local municipalities have organized “That’s Prato” to promote this destination…. free of charge! Here are next appointments.
A view of Prato [Photo Credits: Marco Badiani]
A view of Prato [Photo Credits: Marco Badiani]
On May 17 and June 21, the tour will be focused on the Etruscan past: starting in Prato city center, you will visit the Etruscan tombs of Comeana and Artimino in the Montalbano hills, the Archaeological Museum, the old village and the Medici villa. Then the trip continues with Pontormo’s Visitation.
Artimino [Photo Credits: Corrado Matteoni]
Artimino [Photo Credits: Corrado Matteoni]
On May 24, the Pilgrimage and Prato tour begins at the monastery of San Niccolò, where noble Florentine ladies were once educated, and that today is devoted to worship. The Bardi Oratory in Vernio is the second stop followed by the Badia di San Salvatore in Vaiano, recently reopened to the public with a new exhibition on local history, whose roots date back to the early Middle Ages. On July 5 there is a similar tour connected to Pilgrims.
Vaiano [Photo Credits: Storm Crypt]
Vaiano [Photo Credits: Storm Crypt]
On May 31 and June 28 the tour will be focused on Nobility. You won’t meet princesses, but since the Renaissance onward Prato has been home to important people such as Frederick II of Swabia, the medieval emperor for which the Castello dell’Imperatore was built. This tour called Noble Trail: Villas and Castles continues in Montemurlo, with a visit of the fortress and renowned estate of the Marchese Pancrazi, where wine is produced.
Castello dell'imperatore in Prato [Photo Credits: magro_kr]
Castello dell'imperatore in Prato [Photo Credits: magro_kr]
On June 7 it's time for art and food in the Renaissance. The morning will be in Poggio a Caiano with a visit at the Medici Villa and monumental apartments, then there will be a visit at the Still Life Museum and the gardens of the Villa. In the afternoon there is a guided tour of the Cathedral of Prato and the Chapel of Filippo Lippi; then a visit to the Basilica of Santa Maria delle Carceri.
Prato [Photo Credits: Roberto Guido]
Prato [Photo Credits: Roberto Guido]
On June 14 the visit will be focused on Contemporary Art and Industrial Archaeology. This tour starts with the Ardengo Soffici exhibition in Poggio a Caiano before visiting some of the area's main factories, associated with the history of Prato's major industrial textile families. There is also a visit to the FACEWALL show at the Textile Museum.
Museo del Tessuto - extile Museum [Photo Credits: We Make Them Wonder]
Museo del Tessuto - extile Museum [Photo Credits: We Make Them Wonder]
All tours are free and include a bus service with guide from Florence’s Santa Maria Novella station, from 9 am to 7 pm. The payment is required only for the entry to some museums. The tours are both in Italian and English. Places are limited and booking is mandatory. Book your place writing an email to thatsprato@po.camcom.it or call the number +39 328 0021009. Lunch is not included; you can bring your food or choose from bars and restaurants of Prato. For more information visit the website thatsprato.com.