Prato is a pretty and interesting Tuscan city. In the historic center and in the immediate vicinity of it, there are a myriad of attractions to visit, especially museums ranging from the most classic to the most unexpected. Furthermore Prato is very close to Florence and other places of great beauty! Are you thinking of visiting it? Then find out more about what to see, where to eat and what to do in the evening in Prato.
- 10 things to see in Prato in a weekend
- What to see in Prato in one day: recommended itinerary
- Where to eat in Prato: the best restaurants
- What to do in the evening: the nightlife areas and the best clubs in Prato
- Plan your stay in Prato: info and useful tips
- User questions and comments
10 things to see in Prato in a weekend
1 - Cathedral of Prato
The Cathedral of Prato, also called the Cathedral of Santo Stefano,it is one of the oldest churches in the city and is its main place of worship. The exterior consists of a thirteenth-century facade, partially restored in the Gothic style, on which there is a large clock. On the sides, on the other hand, there is an imposing bell tower that follows the style of the main facade and Donatello's Pulpit, a very decorated and carved element. Inside, however, the naves showing the same style present on the outside and there is also a cycle of frescoes by Filippo Lippi.
- it is located in the historic center, easily reachable on foot in a few minutes - Get directions
- always open
2 - Basilica of Santa Maria delle Carceri
According to an ancient tradition, the Basilica of Santa Maria delle Carceri was born after a boy saw the image of the Madonna and Child come to life painted on the wall of the Prato prison on 6 July 1484. From then on there were other similar events that made popular beliefs grow so much that they decided to build this basilica in that place. Its exterior is a clear and simple stone structure which has a Greek cross and a small dome, the latter observable even better from the inside where there is no shortage of paintings and frescoes among many sturdy pillars.
- it is in a very central position, very close to the previous Duomo di Prato and everything else - Get directions
- always open
3 - Church of San Domenico
The Church of San Domenico is an interesting religious work of the city of Prato whose particularity is the incompleteness of its external facadeHowever, the bell tower, the decorative motifs and some geometric squares make up for this never finished structure. The church dates back to 1281, built in a convent, but in 1647 it was hit by a fire caused by lightning that destroyed its gothic windows. Having to repair them also led to a partial restoration of the interiors which in fact today show visible seventeenth-century art.
- easily accessible on foot, it is located on the edge of the historic center - Get directions
- always open
4 - Museum of the Opera del Duomo
The Museo dell'Opera del Duomo is one of the most important and well-known museums in Prato. It was founded in 1967 in the rooms of the Bishop's Palace in order to exhibit works and testimonies from the Cathedral of Santo Stefano, or the Cathedral of Prato. The exhibition itinerary is divided into seven rooms which follow one another in chronological order based on the historical period they deal with, for example the sixteenth century, the seventeenth century, the Renaissance and so on. Inside they are exhibited important works such as paintings, statuettes and sculptures but also religious objects such as chalices and crucifixes.
- it is located in the historic center, therefore reachable in a few minutes on foot from any point - Get directions
- open from 10:00 to 13:00 and from 14:00 to 17:00 - on Sundays it is only open in the afternoon - on Tuesdays it is closed
- full € 5,00 - reduced € 4,00
5 - Textile Museum
The Textile Museum is one of the most important national museums in this area. This unusual museum tells the development of weaving from antiquity to the present day by exhibiting a collection that includes antique fabrics, hand-made fabrics, sacred clothes, embroidered clothes, ethnic clothes, contemporary fabrics, accessories and of course also machinery of production. It all starts from a room called the "Familiarization Area" which introduces the visitor to the sense of the museum and its collection.
- it is located outside the historic center but in the immediate vicinity so you can reach it in just 10 minutes on foot - Get directions
- open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 to 19:00
- full € 7,00 - reduced € 5,00
6 - Civic Museum of Palazzo Pretorio
The Civic Museum of Prato was born inside the Palazzo Pretorio and it is an important museum that will amaze art lovers. Inside, three floors full of masterpieces by the most famous italian artists such as Donatello, Filippo Lippi, Lorenzo Bartolini and Bernardo Daddi, just to name a few. The exhibition consists of over seven centuries of history and expands between walls embellished with frescoes and statuettes in a thirteenth-century building that is already very artistic.
- it is located in the heart of the historical center of Prato, easy to reach on foot from the other attractions - Get directions
- open Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 30pm
- full € 8,00 - reduced € 6,00
7 - Museum of Mural Painting
The Museum of Mural Painting is located in the old Dominican convent which is accessed through a portal located right next to the facade of the Church of San Domenico. The portal leads to an atrium that leads to the elegant Renaissance convent and then allows access to the museum. The exhibition consists of sepulchral insignia and fragments recovered from the convent itself. One of the most important works is the fresco "The Madonna, the Child, angels and saints" by Niccolò Gerini, but to enrich the collection are the frescoes by Paolo Uccello and a series of ceramic table and kitchen vessels dating back to the 300th century.
- it is located on the edge of the historic center but still reachable on foot in a few minutes - Get directions
- open Wednesday to Monday from 14pm to 00pm
- full € 5,00 - reduced € 3,00
8 - Museum of Planetary Sciences
The Planetary Science Museum is unique in Italy, which is why we absolutely advise you not to miss it. In this museum a number of meteorites and impact rocks are exhibited found on the Italian territory that will amaze you with shapes and colors. To visit the museum it is advisable to book the visit and once you have accessed the museum don't miss the interesting workshops or educational activities very suitable especially for children.
- it is located outside the historic center, located about 1 kilometer and a half, but reachable in 20 minutes on foot or 10 by car - Get directions
- open from Tuesday to Sunday from 9:00 to 13:00 - Saturday and Sunday it is also open from 15:00 to 19:00
- full € 6,00 - reduced € 3,00
9 - Castle of the Emperor
The Emperor's Castle was built at the behest of Frederick II of Swabia, although he never got there and this fortress was inhabited by his vicar, while during the fourteenth century the Florentine government used the castle as a prison and military garrison. Today the structure is the only example of Swabian architecture in all of Central and Northern Italy, a feature that you will notice from the entrance seeing imperial symbols such as the lions of Swabia engraved on the sides of the entrance portal. Inside the castle there is a large courtyard and you can access the rooms of the towers and then continue to the top and enjoy one suggestive panoramic view of the monuments of Prato and the surrounding hills.
- it is located in the historic center and can be reached in a few minutes on foot from any area of the center - Get directions
- open Monday and Wednesday to Sunday from 10:00 to 13:00 and from 16:00 to 20:00
- € 2,50
10 - Palazzo Datini
Palazzo Datini, or simply Casa Datini, it is the most beautiful merchant palace in Prato in medieval style. It is located near the Town Hall, a position desired by the owner Francesco Marco Datini also known as the "Merchant of Prato", to obtain a public role and be remembered over time. In this building Datini has invested a lot of economic resources but also a lot of emotion thanks to which he transformed the entire block making it assume its own personality. Since 2009 the ground floor has become the museum seat of an exhibition dedicated to the history of the owner and his house but above all to the charity he founded and called the "Ceppo dei poor di Francesco di Marco".
- it is located in the historic center, easily reachable on foot - Get directions
- open every day from 10:00 to 13:00 and from 16:00 to 19:00
What to see in Prato in one day: recommended itinerary
If you have only one day available to visit Prato, we want to suggest a convenient itinerary to follow to be on the safe side. Given the many museums in the city, each of which will take up part of your time to be visited, we preferred to include the more particular museums and avoid the more common ones for example with a religious or historical theme. Therefore the itinerary does not include the Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, the Museum of Mural Painting and the Church of San Domenico, both for lack of time and to create a more varied itinerary. Here is the tour we want to recommend:
- Morning: you start the day starting from outside the historic center with a tasty breakfast at Break Coffe very close to the Planetary Science Museum which you will go to visit first. When you have finished the visit, move towards the center and stop at Textile Museum, after which it will be time to enter the heart of the historic center of Prato starting from the visit of the Castle of the Emperor and at the end of this other interesting attraction, treat yourself to a good lunch at Il Dek Italian Bistrot.
- Afternoon: once finished having lunch, visit the nearby one Basilica of Santa Maria delle Carceri and subsequently the Prato Cathedral and then continue with the Civic Museum of Palazzo Pretorio and finally with the Datini Palace. To end the day in the best possible way, go to dinner at I Frari delle Logge.
One day itinerary at a glance
- Breakfast at Break Coffee - Get directions
- Planetary Science Museum - opening hours: from Tuesday to Sunday from 9:00 to 13:00 and Saturday and Sunday also from 15:00 to 19:00 - ticket price: full € 6,00 - reduced € 3,00
- Textile Museum - opening hours: from Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 to 19:00 - ticket price: full € 7,00 - reduced € 5,00
- Castello dell'Imperatore - opening hours: from Wednesday to Monday from 10:00 to 13:00 and from 16:00 to 20:00 - ticket price: € 2,50
- Lunch at Il Dek Italian Bistrot - Get directions
- Basilica of Santa Maria delle Carceri - opening hours: always open - ticket price: free
- Duomo di Prato - opening hours: always open - ticket price: free
- Civic Museum of Palazzo Pretorio - opening hours: from Tuesday to Sunday from 10:30 to 18:30 - ticket price: full € 8,00 - reduced € 6,00
- Palazzo Datini Museum - opening hours: every day from 10:00 to 13:00 and from 16:00 to 19:00 - ticket price: free
- Dinner at I Frari delle Logge - Get directions
Where to eat in Prato: the best restaurants
- The Dek Italian Bistrot creative cuisine based on traditional recipes proposed with dishes with attention to detail and accompanied by a large selection of wines
Average price per person: € 35,00
Address and contacts: Piazza Santa Maria delle Carceri, 1 - Get directions / tel: 0574 475476
- The Frari delle Logge modern and gourmet cuisine served with wines and drinks elaborated to create the perfect pairing
Average price per person: € 15,00
Address and contacts: Piazza del Comune, 16 - Get directions / tel: 0574 35490
- Mouth Bona mixed menu that includes an excellent Florentine steak and a wide choice of burgers, vegetarian dishes and gluten-free dishes
Average price per person: € 30,00
Address and contacts: Via Marco Roncioni, 163 - Get directions / tel: (+39) 346 536 1112
What to do in the evening: the nightlife areas and the best clubs in Prato
To spend your evenings in joy, Prato offers a nice choice of places that will satisfy everyone's tastes. Between the historic center and its immediate vicinity you will find lounge bars and discos and you can choose to dance the night away, listen to a live band or simply enjoy a good cocktail.
The best pubs, clubs and discos
- Apotheke Cocktail Bar: evening club specialized in the preparation of cocktails that offers a wide range of alternative drinks and liqueurs. Occasionally organizes evenings with live music
Address: Via Giuseppe Verdi, 17 Get directions / Facebook page
- 999 Club: is the main nightclub in Prato, an excellent place for those who love to dance all night
Address: Viale Galileo Galilei, 21 Get directions / Facebook page
- Blackout shed: meeting place for lovers of parties and music that offers evenings for every occasion with music of all kinds
Address: Via Genova, 17 Get directions / Facebook page
Plan your stay in Prato: info and useful tips
- the closest airport to Prato is that of Florence, which offers various connections by bus and train lasting just 15 minutes. If you want you can also opt for the Pisa airport, which is also well connected but an hour away. Prato can also be reached by train in a simple way thanks to the multiple routes that arrive at its most central station, Prato Porta al Serraglio. As for the buses, from Florence one leaves every 15 mintues that arrives in Prato making all the main stops. Finally, for those traveling by car, Prato is located near the Autostrada del Sole and the A11 Florence-Pisa Nord motorway, so even by car you will have no problems reaching the city.
- Getting around: in the historic center you can easily move on foot to avoid the car. If, on the other hand, you want to see something in the surroundings, it is recommended to use your own vehicle.
- Where to park: there are many paid parking lots near the historic center, among which we point out the San Giorgio Parking (Get directions), Piazzale Porta Fiorentina (Get directions) and Piazza dei Macelli Parking (Get directions).
- Hotel and b & b starting from € 30,00 per room -
- What to see in the surroundings: the beautiful capital of Florence is a quarter of an hour by car, while the equally beautiful city of Pistoia is 20 minutes away. At 30 minutes, however, Montecatini Terme is located, the famous spa village with its large establishment and its scenic beauties, while at 45 minutes the medieval village of Certaldo takes shape and at 55 minutes Vinci, the village linked to Leonardo Da Vinci.
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