A modern open space artist's loft recently renovated, in the historical center of Prato.
Great location just behind the famous Piazza del Duomo and two blocks away from the railways station with fast and frequent link to Florence (15 minutes), Pisa, Lucca, Pistoia and the famous seaside of Viareggio and Forte dei Marmi.
The apartment has an independent entrance and it is the newest part of the "Palazzo Orlandi", an ancient building from the 18th century built by a well to do middle class family of Tuscan textile entrepreneurs.
The living room is a big open space with a living area and a kitchen.
There is a comfortable bedroom with a large wardrobe and bathroom, and a nice patio to which you can access from the bedroom.
The apartment can accommodate comfortably 2 persons.
You can have access to the entire home. You can smoke outside in the Patio.
Interaction with Guests
You will meet me at check in, and I will be available during your staying if you need.
Prato is a tiny city in Tuscany, situated at the foot of Monte Retaia, the last peak in the Calvana chain. The Bisenzio River, a tributary of the Arno, flows through it. If you want to experience urban life in an ancient borough, surrounded by nature, in a strategic position in the middle of Tuscany, you will love it. It is well connected by public transport to Florence, Pistoia, Lucca and the famous seaside area of Viareggio and Forte dei Marmi, near the famous Carrara Marble Quarries. You can have dalily trip also to Chianti area, Siena, San Gimignano renting a car.
Historically, Prato's economy has been based on the textile industry, and Textile is the reason why Prato is famous in the world. The Textile Museum also reflects this history.
Prato is also a centre of the slow food movement, with many local specialities, including the famous "Cantucci ", a type of biscotti, sold by local speciality bakers (Antico forno Mattei, from 1830).
Prato is home to many museums and other cultural monuments, including the Filippo Lippi frescoes in the Cathedral of Santo Stefano, recently restored. The Cathedral has an external pulpit by Donatello and Michelozzo, built and still used for the display of the cathedral's famous relic of the Virgin Mary, the Girdle of Thomas (Sacra Cintola, a cord belt), which had a great reputation in the late Middle Ages. Also of interest is the Teatro Metastasio, the city's main venue for operas and other theatrical productions, which was built in (phone number hidden).
Palazzo Pretorio was built from the 13th century in red bricks. The part in white stone is from late-Gothic era. . Also notable is the Palazzo Datini, built from 1383. In 1409 it housed Pope Alexander V and Louis of Anjou. The Palazzo degli Alberti (13th century) is home to an art gallery with works by Filippo Lippi (Prato Madonna), Giovanni Bellini (Crucifix with Jew Cemetery) and Caravaggio (The Crowning with Thorns).
The Castello dell'Imperatore is the northernmost castle built by Frederick II of Hohenstaufen in Italy. A further major attraction of the city is the Centro per l'arte contemporanea Luigi Pecci a museum and education centre concerned with contemporary arts.
Other churches include:
Santa Maria delle Carceri, commissioned by Lorenzo de' Medici in 1484. It is inspired by Brunelleschi's Pazzi Chapel. The interior is run by a bichromatic maiolica frieze by Luca della Robbia, also author of four tondos depicting the four Evangelists in the cupola.
Sant'Agostino, built from 1440 over an existing edifice from 1271. The interior is home to canvasses by Giovanni Battista Naldini, Lorenzo Lippi, l'Empoli, Giovanni Bizzelli and others, as well as 14th-century frescoes. The cloister dates to the 16th century.
San Domenico (begun in 1281), with a portal from 1310.
San Francesco (1281–1331). It houses a funerary monument of Geminiano Inghirami (died 1460), and the frescoes by Niccolò Gerini in the Migliorati Chapel.
San Fabiano, already existing in 1082. It houses precious traces of a pavement mosaic dating from the 9th-11th centuries. Also notable is the 15th-century bell tower.
the late-Baroque Monastery of San Vincenzo.
Santa Maria della Pietà, built in (phone number hidden). It houses a canvas by Mario Balassi (1638) and a 14th-century fresco of the Madonna with Child, with alleged miraculous powers.
Prato is very well connected by public transport to Florence, Pistoia, Lucca and the famous seaside area of Viareggio and Forte dei Marmi, near the famous Carrara Marble Quarries. You can have dalily trip also to Chianti area, Siena, San Gimignano renting a car.
Other Things to Note
I appreciate if you would treat the house with care and love.
Smoking is allowed in the patio.
Please, don't lean hot pots directly on the resin top of the kitchen, instead use a pot holder and put cold water in the sink before lean hot pots, because otherwise the resin breaks!
Sorry, pets are not allowed
Sara's apartment is very clean, nicely decorated and beautifully located in the heart of Prato. I would highly recommend staying here, the only thing that could improve on the place is internet. Thanks Sara!
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Hey, I'm Sara, I work as an organizational psycologist with a special focus on fashion field, and as a therapist too. I live in Rome, but I often travel the world feeding my soul with art, design, fashion and good food. I live with my husband, Who is an artist, and my 3 years old son.
My apartament is a silent, full of light and charme place to stay, but in the middle of everything. I will be glad to help you to enjoy your stay helping to find what you need for a perfect vacation.