Prato city visit
The visit to the city continues along the central Via Mazzoni that leads to another square, that of the Municipality where stands the monument to Francesco di Marco Datini and the small fountain of Bacchino. The square is not large but is one of the most important in the city, the municipality is located inside the Pretorio Palace, a 13th-century square-plan building merging multiple buildings that is known externally for the different materials present (red bricks and white albarese stone) and the different architectural styles of its facades. Inside the building there is also the Civic Museum, a museum that is spread over several floors, the museum takes place from the bottom to the other through several rooms that house works of art, mostly pictorial, from the late Middle Ages al'800.
My visit ends here, not because there are other interesting places to visit but because the day ended and given the time available we can not help but focus on the main monuments.
In the twelfth century, the city Prato was full of towers, at the time of maximum expansion there were well sixty. The historic center was dominated by a building with vertical development with small windows, loopholes and narrow porticoes. The highest constitutions had a double function, housing and watch towers in case of war events. Turning in the historic center, just look up to see the structures of these tower-houses, often now without the highest parts.
Prato photo and video gallery
All the photographs and movies of Viterbo on this site are by Roberto