In three days, we will try to see as much of the Prato area as possible so our journey starts early in the morning from the center of Carmignano.
Let's enter inside the prepositura of Saints Michael and Francis. If we are lucky, we can admire the beautiful Visitation by Pontormo, a masterpiece of early Florentine Mannerism. Often the work is loaned to museums and international institutions, so it's best to inquire before travel.
Leaving the church, we immerse ourselves in the history of the Medicean Villa of Artimino, also called La Ferdinanda or Villa of the hundred fireplaces. The villa is absolutely worth a visit. Built at the wish of the Grand Duke Ferdinando I de 'Medici who had fallen in love with Montalbano, it served as the family's summer residence. To indulge his passion for hunting, the great Barco Reale was also created, a huge game reserve that surrounded the villa.
After so much art and culture, we can allow ourselves a relaxing lunch with many local products. And Carmignano has plenty! Dried figs are a big element of local cuisine, a winter product that is mainly consumed during the Christmas holidays.
The Carmignano area produces exquisite wines. We will taste the DOC Barco Reale and DOCG Carmignano but there is also Vinsanto DOC Occhio di Pernice, to be combined with amaretti. Carmignano amaretti are another delicacy not to be missed: they are amber-colored sweets with an almond flavor, made following a nineteenth-century recipe.
We end the day with a nice walk near the fortress of Carmignano to enjoy the view of the surrounding hills. In the summer, the Calici di Stelle event is organized here, offering wine tastings and local specialties under the August sky.