To discover the artistic and architectural treasures of Prato, our walk begins with the fourteenth-century hexagonal walls, dotted with old tower houses, with sixteenth-century gates and bastions that wind their way around the city centre.
Piazza del Comune forms the heart of the centre, with the fourteenth-century city hall, whose façade was changed in the 1700s. The city hall contains the council hall and the municipal painting collection.
On the other side of the square is the impressive Palazzo Pretorio, once the main seat of the republican government and the courthouse. This building houses the Palazzo Pretorio Museum, a treasure trove of artworks that tells the story of Prato, with masterpieces by Bernardo Daddi, Giovanni da Milano, Donatello, Filippo and Filippino Lippi, great altarpieces painted by Santi di Tito and Alessandro Allori, and Lorenzo Bartolini’s plaster cast gallery.