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Castello dell'Imperatore

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Piazza Santa Maria delle Carceri, 59100, Prato Italy
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12gotoperu wrote a review Nov 2019
Huntington, West Virginia271 contributions45 helpful votes
But if there was a way to get into it, I never found it. I had read in one of my guidebooks that it was no longer open unless there was a special exhibition or something. Actually the few things I had selected to "see" while in Prato were either closed or I couldn't find them. I looked at my map and saw that the textile museum was sort of on the way back to the train station and decided I would find it if it killed me and I did and I've reviewed that also. But for this site, I would say "prepare for disapppointment"
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Thomas Ozbun wrote a review Jan 2019
Vicenza, Italy982 contributions235 helpful votes
The Castello dell'Imperatore, so called because of the Holy Roman Emperor, Frederick II. Built in the 13th century it has some massive white stoned walls, with 3 fortified towers per side. We were able to climb the walls for free, where we had a beautiful, despite the cloudy day, view of the city
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Date of experience: February 2018
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Paul h wrote a review Sep 2018
Adelaide, Australia788 contributions224 helpful votes
The castle is free and basically the upper walls are the only thing worth spending time on, it gives you a view of the town and helps you orient yourself
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Date of experience: September 2018
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Brun066 wrote a review Sep 2018
Florence, Italy9,823 contributions1,004 helpful votes
In a city well known for its present and even more past role, as center of the textile industry (Prato was also called "the Manchester of Italy") this castle, along with other architectural jewels, helps to remind us that Prato is still a municipal city of the Italian Middle Ages, with the power and wealth that ensue. The castle is an indirect consequence of this wealth, since Prato, due to its importance, is chosen (1240 AD) by Frederick II of Hohenstaufen - at first king of Southern Italy, then also emperor of the Holy Roman Empire - as the only place both in the Central and in Northern Italy in which to build a castle (while similar castles are dozens in Kingdom of Southern Italy and Sicily). Prato became therefore a hub for communications between the Frederick II's German and Italian domains. This reason alone would suffice to make this military building exceptional. But I would like to emphasize another reason for interest. The castle is currently very classic and "clean" in its architecture; it seems like it was finished yesterday. However, only ten years after it had been built, in 1250, Frederick II died, and so the strategic reason that led to the castle's creation was lost. As this fact is consistent with the perfect castle's layout? In fact, the castle isn't demolished after the Frederick II's death, because it still serves for centuries at the nearby city of Florence, the new ruler of the region; but it's somewhat modified. As shown by a web page into the "VisitTuscany" website, which we recommend, the castle has had for long time a very different aspect from the current one - very martial. The original battlements were largely absent, as almost all the building had been covered with tiled roofs. These roofs covered not just the current towers, but also the houses that had been built inside, and that are cleared during the restoration. However, even these restorations are part of the building's history, and they don't diminish - rather in my view they increase - its current value.
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Date of experience: September 2018
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Massimo S wrote a review Jul 2018
Prato, Italy4 contributions5 helpful votes
Nice but fast to see and visit. Emperor castle is historical site of the town. Near other site. S Francis church and duomo place must to visit
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Date of experience: July 2018
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