Prato I Tuscany villas

Unique cottages in the city of Prato

Prato, on the river Bisenzio, is one of Tuscany’s larger cities with almost 200 thousand inhabitants to large cities in Tuscany. Discover this exciting city whilst self-catering in villas Italy! Prato is primarily known for its thriving textile industry, as since the Middle Ages fine fabrics and materials from Prato were in high demand throughout Europe. Find yourself some beautiful fabric, which will remind you later of your direct holiday homes in Tuscany! Not just a place for local trade, up to 5,000 Chinese enterprises are also reported to be producing goods here that are sent worldwide.

Tuscany villas for history buffs

Prato is an ancient place with many stories and a fascinating history just waiting to be discovered. The historic centre of the Middle Ages is located within the city walls and displays extraordinary art treasures in the palaces, churches and cathedral. Explore all of this and more whilst self-catering Italy The cathedral is dedicated to Saint Stephen and offers significant frescoes of Filippo Lippi from the 15th century. These represent scenes from the life of John the Baptist and the life of St. Stephen the Martyr. They are strikingly beautiful, and one does not have to be religious to recognise the artistry and aesthetic appeal of these paintings. You will remember them long after leaving your villas Italy!

Things to do in Prato

Emperor Frederick II had a fort built in the 13th century in Prato, which was called the Imperial Castle. It is still the only of its kind in central Italy and a visit to the castle comes highly recommended whilst self-catering Italy! Powerfully it rises with its walls and battlements over the other buildings. In the Museum del Tusseto, the development of cloth production is shown with precious fabrics and ancient looms. The Museo Pecci is the largest museum of modern art in Italy and draws in plenty of guests on villa holidays Italy to exhibitions. Equally, why not rent one of our pet friendly cottages and take your dog on a walk in the nearby countryside?

Relax and enjoy local culture

Almost the entire historic centre is pedestrianised and therefore guests staying at Tuscany villas can mingle with local people on a popular shopping street with cafes where you can also buy souvenirs and clothing. On the second Sunday of the month during the summer, people also gather there on the Piazza del Commune for a handicrafts and organic market, which attracts thousands of visitors. Soak up the local atmosphere and join in the Prato experience. Perhaps you can source some regional produce and cook up and Italian spread on your villa holidays Italy!

If you feel like exploring a larger Italian city, why not check out our Rome accommodation or Venice accommodation?