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Art Cities >> PRATO
 
Prato definitely has to be mentioned among the Cities of art, but apart from its important historical and artistic heritage it features a dynamism typical for any flourishing industrial centre. Prato has been known for the high quality of the textile products and the manufactured goods since the Middle Ages. Today, Prato is a Cities which has managed to develop a strong industrial and commercial sector in harmony with a rich artistic and cultural offer, with many museums, theatres and prestigious institutions. Discovering the Cities
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SOME HISTORY....
Colonised by the Etruscans, the area around Prato became Roman and was later razed to the ground in the 6th century during the Gothic war. Prato experienced a flourishing period during the Longobards, and successively became a feud under the Alberti family which expanded its territory of interest and developed a Republican law. The economic and demographic crisis, aggravated by the Florentine conquer in 1351, did not punish the flourishing textile industry in Prato. On the contrary, it prospered during the Renaissance. The recovery was consolidated in the 17th century and Prato started its industrialisation in the middle of the 19th century, which has continued along the last century. Prato preserves a Medieval architecture, though the old town is characterised by an buildings from the 17th and 18th century.


 






















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