Even though Prato is very close to Florence there is not a good relationship between the two, as well as Florentine people and people from Prato. Dante himself, wrote about this dislike of Florence and Prato in the Divine Comedy.
Luigi Pecci Museum
Usually referred to as Pecci Museum, the Center for Contemporary Art Luigi Pecci is one of the most interesting museums of contemporary art of the area. It’s home to a permanent art exhibition - reservation is strictly required - and other temporary exhibits dedicated to emerging artists. Situated close to the motorway Firenze - Mare exit, it’s a building that particularly stands out for its coloured and characteristic aspect.
The province: art, history and...wine!
An interesting destination to visit is Poggio a Caiano, a nice town situated at just 10 minutes driving distance from Prato, home to one of the most beautiful medicean villas - Villa Ambra or Villa Medicea in Poggio a Caiano - wonderful example of Renaissance architecture decorated with magnificent frescoes of the same period.
The villa is now home to a museum and many Summer events that usually attract lots of people coming from everywhere. Surrounded by a gorgeous park - with typical Italian and English Gardens - it’s located a few steps from another Medicean Park, the Barco Reale, originally a hunting reserve of the Medici family now open to public.
At a stone’s throw from Poggio a Caiano there’s Carmignano, another renowned locality for being home to another Medicean Villa, Villa Medicea dell’Artimino but mainly for its delicious wine that has gained the prestigious quality label DOCG. Made on the Montalbano hills - whose green and rolling aspect reminds of the Chianti area - this wine has nothing to envy the more renowned Chianti one.
How to get there
Prato is easily reachable by the Firenze - Mare motorway; there are two exits, Prato Est and Prato Ovest: take the first for going to the old center and the second for Poggio a Caiano, Carmignano and the industrial area.
You’ll easily get to Prato by train also: there are two rail stations (actually three, but there are just a few trains leaving from and to Prato Borgonuovo), Prato Centrale and Prato Porta Al Serraglio: the first in particular is recently become an important station where many national and international tains leave from.
The bus service - from and to the city and the its proximities - is runned by Cap Autolinee.