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  • David M
    Brandon, FL313 contributions
    I was in Prato with friends and we stopped in the duomo. Interesting and historic. I recommend stopping in to see the duomo if you are in Prato
    Written September 1, 2021
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  • Brun066
    Florence, Italy11,311 contributions
    This museum - housed in a distinguished building - well represents the events of the history of art in Prato; events in no way secondary given that - among other things - Donatello worked in the city; and Filippo Lippi, one of the greatest painters of the Tuscan school of the fifteenth century, master of Botticelli, has been active in Prato for over a decade starting from 1452.
    The works of Filippo Lippi in Prato are mainly in the Cathedral: the so-called "Madonna del Ceppo" is preserved in the museum, while two works of excellence are in the museum by his natural son Filippino Lippi: the table with "Madonna with child and saints" and the fresco of the “Tabernacle of the corner of Mercatale”, much praised by Giorgio Vasari and prodigiously recomposed after it had been reduced to fragments by the 1944 bombings.
    Still stands out among the oldest tables a masterpiece by Giovanni da Milano, a "Polyptych with Madonna and saints", and two by Bernardo Daddi, a "Madonna and child" and a predella with "Stories of the sacred belt" (this is a relic fundamental for the history and identity of the city of Prato).
    These masterpieces are accompanied by many other significant pictorial works, from the Middle Ages to the 18th century, distributed on the first and second floors of the Museum.
    The third floor, on the other hand, is outstanding - as well as for the panoramic windows - for two excellent collections: plenty of sculptures by Lorenzo Bartolini, a neoclassical artist from Prato (1777-1850); and the plaster casts from the collection of Jacques Lipchitz (1891-1973), a “cubist” sculptor of Lithuanian origin, whose family donated these works to the museum.
    The museum - renovated not many years ago - is very well organized. I would like to point out the efficiency of the audio guide, in multiple languages, which adequately illustrates a large number of works.
    A visit is certainly to be recommended.
    Written December 21, 2021
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  • Brun066
    Florence, Italy11,311 contributions
    We visited this museum on a Sunday spent in Prato. We booked the afternoon guided tour of the exhibition "Turandot e l'Oriente fantastico", which for the first time brings together the costumes - kept in various public and private locations - prepared for the first performance of Giacomo Puccini's opera "Turandot" (Teatro alla Scala in Milan, 1926).
    The guide was comprehensive and engaging, among other things recalling the Turandot plot to visitors - not a few - who didn't have an exact memory of it. The sumptuous "parade" of costumes doesn't exhaust the exhibition: a very large - and preliminary - space is dedicated to the many objects brought from Siam (present-day Thailand) by Galileo Chini, Puccini's set designer, who stayed there in 1912-13.
    Overall, costumes and objects were effectively illustrated, evoking well the "orientalist" imaginary in whose context the writing, putting into music and the representation of Turandot developed.
    The visit, on the other hand, only marginally concerned the permanent exhibitions of the Museum: which were visited by us visitors not in groups, but individually.
    I have no doubt that the permanent exhibitions are also excellent, for the quantity and value of the material collected. However, from what I could see, the didactic part concerning the processes of the textile business didn't seem outstanding to me. Maybe because I had just seen the "Museo dell'arte della lana (Museum of the art of wool) in Stia (Casentino, province of Arezzo)?
    Written December 22, 2021
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  • Henry J
    32 contributions
    This is one of the best diocesan museums in Italy. Extremely well laid out, showcasing some outstanding works of religious art. The staff are extremely polite and helpful. Visitors to the duomo must purchase a ticket for the museum in order to walk behind the high altar. This is perfectly reasonable, though it is not terribly clear that this is the practice at the duomo and museum. A poster or sign in translation explaining that would be helpful. On the other hand, my wife and I were very impressed by the lady who directed us from the duomo to the museum. Her enthusiasm for the duomo, and especially for Our Lady’s girdle which is displayed in the museum, were infectious.
    Written October 3, 2019
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  • David M
    Brandon, FL313 contributions
    I was in Prato with friends and we toured this castle. The castle is interesting and historic. I highly recommend that you take the stairs to the top to see the panoramic views of Prato and the surrounding area.
    Written September 1, 2021
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  • sunnyahuja4586
    Mumbai, India602 contributions
    The park is nice and had a nice time walking around getting some sun in the month of september amazing.
    Written November 29, 2017
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  • Marleen S
    Florence, Italy184 contributions
    Quite recently reopened I was interested after reading about in the Florentine magazine..Modern art and modern concepts in its true form...some I got, most i did not, but the building is fun, the way the exposition is set up is great. Outing for adults who truly like conceptual art.
    Written October 12, 2017
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  • funkyfamNY
    New York39 contributions
    This is a small museum located outside the main walls of Prato. The museum is essentially a long hallway that begins with a very dated video of short 80s cosmic video clips set to classical music. Then there is a series of interactive TV monitors - one for each planet, including Pluto. Then there are specimens from a large number of meteorites, and then the hall ends with a nice exhibit of crystals. There is a reasonable amount of text associated with these exhibits (in Italian). Clearly the museum was established originally with love but has not seen further investment or effort for a long time. If you are not excited by meteorite specimens or crystals and cannot read Italian, give this museum a pass. It stands as a massive contrast to the wonderful Museo Galileo in Florence.
    Written April 6, 2017
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  • badgey
    Melbourne, Australia61 contributions
    A wonderful little church, this building has an intriguing history of miracles, miraculous images and shows the political relationship between Florence and the surrounding Tuscany from the 14th century. The area was originally a prison with the Madonna and Child image believed to have been within the courtyard of the prison. A young boy is believed to have seen the Madonna detach herself from the image, move down into the old prison cells below and begin scrubbing the floor before reattaching herself to the image. There has been a lot of renovations since the 'miracle' occurred in the second half of the 14th century with many of the prominent Pratese and Florentine families wanting to be connected to the image. Today the original Madonna and Child image and the prison cells are still there, but you cannot enter the church during mass, and you must request to see the cells which they do not always allow visitors to do.
    The church is not far from Prato Porte al Serraglio station.
    Written December 15, 2015
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  • Lorenzo G
    Florence, Italy64 contributions
    I think this is a place to visit, if you are enjoying the city, expecially with children. The center is a medium/big park hosting (and healing) different kind of animals (wild boars, turtles, snakes, rabbits, birds, eagles, and so on...). Moreover, if you are lucky, you can
    see different kinds of deers ("lucky" because they are free in the nature, but soetimes you can find them in the park). The thing i liked most is the snakes room (this is in a little building in the park). There are kinds of snakes from every part of the world such as pitons, boa constrictors, ecc..

    Price: 5 euros for adults and i think less for children.

    Just and hint: at the entrance take the map of the park ;)
    Written July 3, 2017
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  • Martino B
    Chelmsford, UK4,874 contributions
    Lovely setting good place to stop for a coffee outside and watch the world go by really enjoyed it and the old city is beautiful
    Written May 11, 2018
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  • Lea W
    Melbourne, Australia61 contributions
    Located in the historical part of Prato. Found an old photo of the Piazza during our travels and it's startling to see how little it has changed!
    Each day, locals "commune" here and it's delightful to sit at a cafe and just take it all in. Watching the children play around the fountain, the elders meeting and laughing together, people catching up for coffee & gelato - and the odd wedding! We were fortunate to see two weddings whilst sitting sipping coffee!
    The piazza also houses the tourist centre and the Museum.
    Written October 3, 2019
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  • Tlekkerbeddeke
    Rumst, Belgie40 contributions
    there is also a museum next to the church, a courtyard with columns, a very peaceful, quiet place in the middle of the city. The church door was not open when we sit on the steps before the gate and leaned against the big beautiful gate. Suddenly we heard a key. I had just said to my husband, and suddenly the gate opened. We went into the church , we heard a lot of noise outside. Within five minutes there were many people in the church for a baptism . The people had already been 10 minutes right before they were allowed to sit and from what I could onderstand of it, this was just welcoming the baptized and the family, this took us a little too long so we went outside.
    Written September 25, 2013
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  • Martino B
    Chelmsford, UK4,874 contributions
    This is a lovely square with the cathedral which stands out big time we stayed in a hotel right on the corner with the views .
    Written May 10, 2018
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